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StreetPilot III + GPS Central (was "Bob Silas ' comments")


Eckhard Grohe <egrohe@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

>> Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 12:53:25 -0400
>> From: Robert Silas <robert.silas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: Re: New Garmin City Navigator v7 available
>> Steve,
>> Just a note:
>> I bought my StreetPilot 2610 from "GPS Central, Calgary", Canadian 
>> distributor of Garmin.  The best price, the fastest service (less than 24 
>> hrs.) and the best service I ever had from any company.  I had some 
>> problem with the sound card, they gave me a new unit, no questions asked.
>> It worth to check prices, shipment and availability with them before 
>> buying a GPS unit and/or related products.
>> Bob Silas
> I fully agree.   These people are a model I wish others would follow.  The 
> is a real lack of a Canadian presence  when it comes to internet based 
> business.  I have often wanted to by from a Canadian  outlet and couldn't 
> find one.  This is not an anti American thing, it's just that if it has to 
> go through customs it takes more time and hassle both from the delay point 
> of view and when I have to go to the post office to pick it up.

If anyone owns an "old" Garmin StreetPilot III or deluxe version, you should 
realize that the unit is discontinued, and therefore, memory cards may 
become harder to get. I maxed out mine with the proprietary 256 MB card. I 
did a load of web research, and discovered that Bob's recommendation, GPS 
Central, had the lowest price. This is really refreshing for a Canadian to 
be able to "buy Canadian" and save money (usually our neighbors to the south 
are much more competitive). GPS Central's service was also outstanding --  
They delivered the product within a couple of days, which was quicker than 
what they stated on their web page.

The price of proprietary Garmin RAM has dropped almost 16% since I bought 
mine several months ago, but be cautious in balancing your desire for a 
"good deal" versus not being able to buy the great deal you want because 
stocks are sold out and the manufacturer is not making any more.

- -Steve Makohin
 '01 R1100S/ABS
 Oakville, Ontario, Canada