Are you dedicated to a Astronomy store?
Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:34 PM
Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:16 PM
His shipping is also fast and first rate.
For $10 I'd stick with you usual two places.
Also consider warranty/replacement. I know Manish is excellent in this regards, not so sure of the others.
Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:18 PM
Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:33 PM
Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:18 PM
If you like Agena (and I have used them and like them too) ask them if they will price match a better price. If they do, then they like you as much as you like them.
I like (and have used) Adorama and Astronomic as well.
But for me, price drives a lot of my purchasing decision.
Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:44 PM
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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:45 PM
I have dealt with Hayneedle and Agena. I love Agena's service. I'm looking at a CG4 Dual Axis Motor Drive Agena and Hayneedle are the same price. But there are places that sell it cheaper with shiping. Only by $10 or so. I feel Agena has been very good to me. Sould I be loyal to them? or go with the best price? I really don't know if this was the best place to post this. I looked but didn't see the general questions.
For me it depends on what it is. I get a lot of small hard to find stuff from Agena like connectors and hardware. I like to shop at OPT, but they're out west and I'm in the east so shipping takes a while. I also shop at Astronomics, Starizona, High Point Scientific, and Adorama. I like to shop at stores that offer service and value.
Posted 06 July 2014 - 11:06 PM
Posted 06 July 2014 - 11:18 PM
Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:36 AM
They treat me very well, and exchanging things is easier when I can drive it there rather than having to ship large things.
Also, I like supporting local brick-and-mortar stores, since they provide a service distant mail-order stores cannot.
Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:48 PM
Posted 07 July 2014 - 07:23 PM
I know Astronomics is our patron, but I find their site so slow-loading that I tend to not shop there just because of that reason. (It's probably slow-loading because the server runs Cloudy Nights... )
I am also influenced by free shipping (one reason I've not shopped much at Orion). Woodland Hills is close to me and if WHCT has something in the store I'd buy it there, but lately their in-store inventory has not been as good as in the past (although they carry almost everything online).
Posted 07 July 2014 - 07:44 PM
When possible, I support the locals.
If I have to buy from the US of A, I'd like to buy from Astronomics for their support of CN, although I've also had excellent service from Agena, ScopeStuff, and OPT.
Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:29 PM
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:16 PM
For eyepieces I try to go with eyepiecesetc.com ... even if they are a few bucks more after shipping. Don's customer service and quick shipping is top notch.
For most other new purchases I try Astronomics first, then Optcorp, then adorama camera, then Agena, etc. All the ones I named are very good most of the time.
Sometimes you don't have multiple options depending on the item.
I can say some prices can be drastically different so it's worth checking everything out. Pentax XWs are pretty cheap at Adorama camera...but not at Optcorp. Canon IS binos may have the most variation in prices of any products out there. The same item ranging from $2000 to $1200.
Customer service is well worth a little extra expense.