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Hi, Since there has been such a good response to my previous thread, I thought I' might as well let people know about this one. At Sainsburys, DVD Recorder capable of utilising all formats except DVD Ram, ie DVD,-+R,-+RW etc for £199.99. I think this is a very good price unless you want to wait a few months into 2004. Up to 6 hrs recording on H/D. Thinking of getting one later on. The big stores should have them. They also have various other electronic items like Freeview set up boxes, DVD Players, VCR's and so on. My store is North London based.
How do these DVD recorders handle things like Telewest Digital Cable or Sky boxes? I know some movie channel will be encrypted (NOT LOOKING FOR A CRACK PLEASE) but I'm looking to replace my video recorder in the next 6 - 12 months and was looking at DVD Recorders....
Jester2k, I don't know is the short answer. I am trying to do some research into it. Someone else might contribute the info.
Cheers - bit naughty cos i shouldn't have hijacked your thread.
Do you know the make / model number for this DVD recorder?
Its the "Big Shop" tomorrow (must not show any enthusiasm else she'll suspect something....)
Hi, I have little concern about buying it from a food store. One of my first comps was from Tesco and I had it exchanged for a minor quibble by taking it back to the store. Obviously, I would check with Sainburys warranty fulfillment obligations before parting with my money. In any case, statutory rights are dependable and not too difficult to invoke.
"If you buy from a food retailer, who is going to repair your DVD recorder if it goes wrong? "
Are you saying that if i goto Dixons or Argos they will repair it themselves???
No, of course not. The same rights apply wether its Dixons, Argos, PC World, Sainsbury's or Jones Hypermart.
Replacement, refund or back to manufacturer - whichever is applicable.
Agreed, but buying items of this nature from a specialist is very handy if things go wrong or you have problems using it; in addition you will probably be able to buy it for around the same price.
Not everyone is technically savvy remember..:-)
What's more, if you don't support your specialist shops then in time there won't be any.
Remember how many corner shops there used to be until the big boys took over and forced them out of business.
Specialist shops charge specialist prices on almost all there equipment.
I'm at times a bit of a old fashion girl, and like to see what I'm buying (so very rarely buy over the net)I like to do my reaserch first, and can at times take several trips before buying.
So when I brought my wide screen t.v, and my digital camera in a food shop, I had already visited all the retailers that sold this, and guess what?
The best deal in town was the food shop, My wide-screen for one, I saved sevral hundred pounds, and that is without taking the higher spec into concideration. For a start it was cheaper and it came with a free 5 year warrenty, the warrenty saved me a couple hundred quid alone, and I could take it home that day, all the other retailers all told me that It would either have to come from the warehouse, so it wouldn't be avaible until mid-week, or that they had to order it, in which case it would take at least 3 weeks for delivery. And then gave me the choice of either returning to the store to collect it or of course they could actualy save me this return trip at a cost though and delivery it to my door for about another tenner, ye right!
I've had my wide-screen for 3 years now with out any problems (unless you include the naff t.v programming of t.v companies such as bbc,itv ect)so haven't needed to use the warrenty yet, but a mate has and they had excellent service, one phone call and all was sorted.
So if the so called specialist shops want to remain in business then all I can say is, they need to be competitive and give the customer what they want, a good price with a good service.
My local electrical retailer (part of "Euronics" Group) is excellent.
Bought a DVD player with 5.1 surround sound - got free scart cables. We took it home there and then.
Bought a Widescreen TV - got a free DVD player! Delivered next day at time stated - 10 am.
Bought a Tumble Dryer - was on the van and on its way to our house (NO extra charge either) before we left the shop (it beat us home!!)
However if Sainsburys / Tesco / Safeway / Asda was selling a simalar or same product cheaper thats where i'd go.
If this forum has taught me anything it's this - just because someone is an electrcial "specialist" it doesn't mean good service or after sales care are Guarenteed.
Therefore i have to fall back on another factor to decide who gets my business - price.
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