OT: Where to order a DTV converter


L

letterman

Since the local stations made the transition to DTV last Tuesday, I
can not find a Zenith or Insignia converter anywhere locally, and Best
Buy does not mail order them. Kmart does not have them in stock at
all, and Radio Shack is also out. Those are the only 3 stores to
offer them around here. The coupons have a few weeks left, but I cant
wait for these stores to get them, and Best Buy said they will not be
getting any more.

I am not a mail order person, in fact I hate doing it because it
faster to drive to a store than wait for websites to load (on dialup),
and I do not care to give out personal info online either. And when
my items do arrive, I stilll have to drive 5 miles to the Post Office
and 5 miles back, because they wont come to the door. Thus mail order
is not time or cost effective for me. But I need to use these coupons
before they expire.

Don;t bother to tell me about ebay or amazon, or similar.
In other words, I will not order from stores, not these "link to
seller" places like ebay and amazon. So, this leaves out both Ebay
and Amazon. In fact I read several articles on the web stating the
nightmares people have had trying to use the DTV coupons at Amazon.

Does anyone know of a direct store that may have these converters for
mail ordering? They have to accept the $40 coupons, and payment by
credit card, or I can mail a check. (NO Paupal). I'll likely order by
phone, not website, because thats safer.

I hate to bother this newsgroup, with this, but some of you must be
more familiar with mail ordering and know who has these converters. I
dont want any other brands.

Thanks

LM
 
C

Cheri

Since the local stations made the transition to DTV last Tuesday, I
can not find a Zenith or Insignia converter anywhere locally, and Best
Buy does not mail order them. Kmart does not have them in stock at
all, and Radio Shack is also out. Those are the only 3 stores to
offer them around here. The coupons have a few weeks left, but I cant
wait for these stores to get them, and Best Buy said they will not be
getting any more.

I am not a mail order person, in fact I hate doing it because it
faster to drive to a store than wait for websites to load (on dialup),
and I do not care to give out personal info online either. And when
my items do arrive, I stilll have to drive 5 miles to the Post Office
and 5 miles back, because they wont come to the door. Thus mail order
is not time or cost effective for me. But I need to use these coupons
before they expire.

Don;t bother to tell me about ebay or amazon, or similar.
In other words, I will not order from stores, not these "link to
seller" places like ebay and amazon. So, this leaves out both Ebay
and Amazon. In fact I read several articles on the web stating the
nightmares people have had trying to use the DTV coupons at Amazon.

Does anyone know of a direct store that may have these converters for
mail ordering? They have to accept the $40 coupons, and payment by
credit card, or I can mail a check. (NO Paupal). I'll likely order by
phone, not website, because thats safer.

I hate to bother this newsgroup, with this, but some of you must be
more familiar with mail ordering and know who has these converters. I
dont want any other brands.

Thanks

LM

Have you checked out Radio Shack online? Sometimes, if they don't have an
item in the store, I will order in online and have it sent to the local
store for pickup. Just a thought. Good luck.

Cheri
 
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N

Nate Nagel

Since the local stations made the transition to DTV last Tuesday, I
can not find a Zenith or Insignia converter anywhere locally, and Best
Buy does not mail order them. Kmart does not have them in stock at
all, and Radio Shack is also out. Those are the only 3 stores to
offer them around here. The coupons have a few weeks left, but I cant
wait for these stores to get them, and Best Buy said they will not be
getting any more.

I am not a mail order person, in fact I hate doing it because it
faster to drive to a store than wait for websites to load (on dialup),
and I do not care to give out personal info online either. And when
my items do arrive, I stilll have to drive 5 miles to the Post Office
and 5 miles back, because they wont come to the door. Thus mail order
is not time or cost effective for me. But I need to use these coupons
before they expire.

Don;t bother to tell me about ebay or amazon, or similar.
In other words, I will not order from stores, not these "link to
seller" places like ebay and amazon. So, this leaves out both Ebay
and Amazon. In fact I read several articles on the web stating the
nightmares people have had trying to use the DTV coupons at Amazon.

Does anyone know of a direct store that may have these converters for
mail ordering? They have to accept the $40 coupons, and payment by
credit card, or I can mail a check. (NO Paupal). I'll likely order by
phone, not website, because thats safer.

I hate to bother this newsgroup, with this, but some of you must be
more familiar with mail ordering and know who has these converters. I
dont want any other brands.

Thanks

LM
I ordered a Channel Master box and some S-video cables from this site:

http://www.summitsource.com/

with no problems at all. Not sure if they sell the boxes that you're
looking for though.

I also ordered some other stuff from this site:

http://www.solidsignal.com

no problems with the order, but the set top antenna I got was crap,
worse than a pair of wabbit ears from Rat Shack. live and learn.
Again, I didn't bother to poke through their site and see if they sell
the particular boxes you're looking for.

I have to say that I have both the Zenith box and the Channel Master and
I like them both, but unless you absolutely have to have the power
button for your TV on the box's remote, I'd give the edge to the CM for
the better guide and S-video output. I know you didn't ask, but
sometimes I have to throw in my $0.02.

good luck

nate
 
A

aemeijers

Cheri said:
Have you checked out Radio Shack online? Sometimes, if they don't have
an item in the store, I will order in online and have it sent to the
local store for pickup. Just a thought. Good luck.

Cheri
That is pretty much what my father did. He actually ordered and paid at
the store, handing over the coupons, and they shipped to his house. You
may need to talk to manager- the kid on duty may not know how to do it.
As long as the order is placed before the coupon expires, you won't lose
out.
 
A

Andy

Andy comments:

Just google " DTV Converter Sales" and you will be deluged with
stores offering many brands at a wide variety of prices.

The coupon that the government gives out usually lists many types.
If you google them individually, you will find many mail order houses
that sell them.

The shipping fees are usually around 6 or 7 dollars.......

Andy in Eureka, Texas
 
R

Robert Neville

Does anyone know of a direct store that may have these converters
Have you called your nearest Radio Shack ("You've got money, we want it") and
see what their stock is?
 
L

letterman

You can get one from Dish Network of all places (does not have anything to do
with their satellite TV service).
http://www.dtvpal.com/
Thanks for the reply. The DtvPal which began as the EchoStar was
highly regarded when it first came out, for its features, but there
have been serious problems with them overheating and burning out.
This is now regarded as one to avoid. Besides burning out, it could
cause a fire, although I have not heard that yet. But I did read an
article where someone said it was so hot they could not touch it.

I'll pass!

Actually this was one I considered last summer before I got my
coupons, and before the overheat issues were known. Glad I didn't get
one. I like my Insignia, which is the same as the Zenith. I also
bought an Apex, which has a good picture, but dont save settings when
I rotate the antenna. I already promised to give that one to a
relative who lives in the city and dont need to rotate. I got one of
their coupons in trade for it, so I want another Insignia or Zenith,
and need to get them another, which would have been another Insig or
Zeni if they were avalable anywhere.

LM
 
N

Nate Nagel

Thanks for the reply. The DtvPal which began as the EchoStar was
highly regarded when it first came out, for its features, but there
have been serious problems with them overheating and burning out.
This is now regarded as one to avoid. Besides burning out, it could
cause a fire, although I have not heard that yet. But I did read an
article where someone said it was so hot they could not touch it.

I'll pass!

Actually this was one I considered last summer before I got my
coupons, and before the overheat issues were known. Glad I didn't get
one. I like my Insignia, which is the same as the Zenith. I also
bought an Apex, which has a good picture, but dont save settings when
I rotate the antenna. I already promised to give that one to a
relative who lives in the city and dont need to rotate. I got one of
their coupons in trade for it, so I want another Insignia or Zenith,
and need to get them another, which would have been another Insig or
Zeni if they were avalable anywhere.

LM
I believe that the Channel Master that I recommended earlier will keep
its channel programming, and also has a nifty "update" feature. What I
don't know if it will do is manually tune to an RF channel like the
Zenith will if you know there's a station there but are trying to adjust
your antenna to find it.

nate
 
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Nate Nagel

Nate said:
I believe that the Channel Master that I recommended earlier will keep
its channel programming, and also has a nifty "update" feature. What I
don't know if it will do is manually tune to an RF channel like the
Zenith will if you know there's a station there but are trying to adjust
your antenna to find it.

nate
Well, I just tried it - you can't. So that is two downsides to the CM
vs. the Zenith - no manual tuning of unprogrammed channels, and no power
button for your TV.

nate
 
R

ransley

Since the local stations made the transition to DTV last Tuesday, I
can not find a Zenith or Insignia converter anywhere locally, and Best
Buy does not mail order them.  Kmart does not have them in stock at
all, and Radio Shack is also out.  Those are the only 3 stores to
offer them around here.  The coupons have a few weeks left, but I cant
wait for these stores to get them, and Best Buy said they will not be
getting any more.  

I am not a mail order person, in fact I hate doing it because it
faster to drive to a store than wait for websites to load (on dialup),
and I do not care to give out personal info online either.  And when
my items do arrive, I stilll have to drive 5 miles to the Post Office
and 5 miles back, because they wont come to the door. Thus mail order
is not time or cost effective for me.  But I need to use these coupons
before they expire.

Don;t bother to tell me about ebay or amazon, or similar.
In other words, I will not order from stores, not these "link to
seller" places like ebay and amazon.  So, this leaves out both Ebay
and Amazon.  In fact I read several articles on the web stating the
nightmares people have had trying to use the DTV coupons at Amazon.

Does anyone know of a direct store that may have these converters for
mail ordering?  They have to accept the $40 coupons, and payment by
credit card, or I can mail a check. (NO Paupal).  I'll likely order by
phone, not website, because thats safer.

I hate to bother this newsgroup, with this, but some of you must be
more familiar with mail ordering and know who has these converters.  I
dont want any other brands.

Thanks

LM
There are better boxes for picture quality, Tivax, has a top picture
but the best products are mail order only
 
P

Phisherman

I'd be against buying a DTV converter online, makes it easier to
return it. Many converter boxes purchased are not needed, expect to
see them in garage sales/Craigslist.
 
A

aemeijers

Scott said:
The government is giving me $80 of my tax money back, but I can only spend
it on DTV tuners -- so I'll buy two, even though I only have one TV and it
already runs on a satellite receiver. Perhaps I can resell the tuners and
recoup some or all of my $80 to use as I see fit. I like the idea of using
it to buy some books.
I'd keep one, and dig up a set of rabbit ears, just for giggles. Satt
locals seldom include all the secondary feeds the OTA broadcast has
(like realtime radar, vs. the 15-minute old signal you can get online),
and when (not if) the satt goes flaky, you still have SOME TV.

Always have a backup plan. Better to have it and not need it, than need
it and not have it.
 
S

Scott

I'd keep one, and dig up a set of rabbit ears, just for giggles. Satt
locals seldom include all the secondary feeds the OTA broadcast has
(like realtime radar, vs. the 15-minute old signal you can get online),
and when (not if) the satt goes flaky, you still have SOME TV.

Always have a backup plan. Better to have it and not need it, than need
it and not have it.
I do have a backup plan -- when the sat receiver conks out, I turn the TV
off and do something else. Isn't that weird?
 
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A

aemeijers

Scott said:
I do have a backup plan -- when the sat receiver conks out, I turn the TV
off and do something else. Isn't that weird?
Yep- keep telling yourself than when there is heavy weather coming in,
and you'd really like to know just when it is going to hit. Or when some
historic event is going on, and you'd really like to see the realtime
video feed. Don't get me wrong- the majority of stuff on the box is
indeed crap- right now mine is muted, and I'm just using it as a
fireplace (Some History channel show about trains that started out
interesting, but the yapping announcer quickly got too annoying). But
now that newspapers are shutting down right and left, and most 'news'
magazines are morphing into who knows what, TV and internet (and maybe
shortwave radio) will soon be about the only sources of news left.
Broadcast radio in this country hasn't had real news in 10 years, at least.
 

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