Message #1 Posted by Bob Noble on 28 Mar 2003, 12:57 p.m.
A few months ago, I found out that HP was
closing the calculator division. At that
time, I went looking for a spare HP48GX
because I use it daily (I'm an engineer).
Amazon was advertising the lowest price: $129.
Their website said "availability 1-2 days". I
placed the order.
I contacted customer service. They said, sorry,
and shipped the calculator.
What arrived was a box with a 48 in the blister-
card packaging banging around inside. The blister-
card was cracked and scratched. Not a good way to
start knowing that the item has been banged around
BEFORE you use it.
I contacted customer service. They said to send
it back, they'd send another.
I contacted them again. They said sorry, it will
I contacted customer service again. This time, I
got an automated response that said the item was
not available; order cancelled. I checked amazon.com.
Sure enough, there it was, and still "availability
1-2 business days".
I gave up, called J&R Music World, and ordered one.
J&R says it shipped yesterday.
Wish me luck.
Worst of all, amazon.com wasted my time. There
aren't too many 48s still out there. By the time
I called J&R, they were down to a few dozen.
My $0.02: Avoid amazon.com like the plague!