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Buying a Garmin -Dodgy website or no?

  • 12-05-2021 12:03pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,419 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    (Apologies if this isn't strictly speaking directly a "cycling" thread, perhaps I should be posting it somewhere else, but I am shopping for a cycling related item)

    https://direct-running.com/

    https://sportisgood.com/

    These websites are virtually identical, and have the same address in France. I've been looking at a new Garmin watch - their new instinct solar - and the top hit result / ad is from these two sites. They're a good 50 quid cheaper than most everywhere else. I was actually all ready to buy from direct-running when I just happened to notice the sportisgood site is exactly the same.

    Has anyone here ordered from either? Or am I as well off to stump up the extra few beans and walk in and out of my local Harvey Norman / Currys?

    Cyclesuperstore don't seem to list the item at all, though they have most of the Garmin range.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 229 ✭✭ P2C


    Never heard of them and got caught by something similar. Try alltricks, Deporvillage, bike24 and bike discount.de
    quote="fat bloke;117141654"](Apologies if this isn't strictly speaking directly a "cycling" thread, perhaps I should be posting it somewhere else, but I am shopping for a cycling related item)

    https://direct-running.com/

    https://sportisgood.com/

    These websites are virtually identical, and have the same address in France. I've been looking at a new Garmin watch - their new instinct solar - and the top hit result / ad is from these two sites. They're a good 50 quid cheaper than most everywhere else. I was actually all ready to buy from direct-running when I just happened to notice the sportisgood site is exactly the same.

    Has anyone here ordered from either? Or am I as well off to stump up the extra few beans and walk in and out of my local Harvey Norman / Currys?

    Cyclesuperstore don't seem to list the item at all, though they have most of the Garmin range.[/quote]


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,961 ✭✭✭ iwillhtfu


    They've only set up shop in that place if they're legit. No mention of them on the business park map and it's a warehouse so could be anything or nothing.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3969824,0.8031714,3a,21y,205.43h,85.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sH4OowyyjzyZEJDj9V1KIsw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    For the sake of €50 I'd be buying elsewhere or paying with paypal.


  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 28,113 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Cabaal


    I certainly wouldn't use either website

    For starters https://www.facebook.com/Direct-Running-100360048825642 was only created in March 2021

    ˇ was created in 2016 but less then 1k likes
    Daily posts of content but next to no interaction from people.

    Even based on social media footprint it smells of a awful scam
    Thats before you even look at the websites


  • Registered Users Posts: 781 ✭✭✭ lochdara


    My son just bought 1 last week. I'll ask where he got his in an hour or so

    ______________________________________________________

    Currently fundraising for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

    In Memory of my fab Wife www.sinsin.ie



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,419 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    lochdara wrote: »
    My son just bought 1 last week. I'll ask where he got his in an hour or so

    Cheers man


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,592 ✭✭✭ Tenzor07


    Instinct Solar is €309 on Bike-discount.de

    An extremely reputable trader.. They deliver to Ireland for €9.99, so add in a few tubes or something...


  • Registered Users Posts: 781 ✭✭✭ lochdara


    ______________________________________________________

    Currently fundraising for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

    In Memory of my fab Wife www.sinsin.ie



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,419 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    lochdara wrote: »

    Nice one. That website did crop up on a search, but I just didn't know anything about it.

    bike-discount.de is deffo an option too, cheers. I've sent them plenty of money over the years!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,419 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    lochdara wrote: »

    Went with these guys. I tried to give CSS a bite at the cherry, went down to them to see what they had in stock but they were 389 for the normal version, which is a long way from 300, and then they were 429 for the "surf" one against 338 online. I was willing to buy if they could match Harvey Norman at 349 (normal one), but the best they could do was 369. -It's fair enough that they couldn't price match with a global online market but if they're also markedly dearer than the place next door then that's a tough one. Anyway, Harvey Norman are a bigger operation and stiff competition too. At least I gave them a go.

    Course the advantage CSS have is that I'd have the damn thing in my hand now instead of having a a sore finger from click-refreshing the tracking page. :rolleyes:. Don't think it has shipped yet and I kinda need it for Friday. Anyway, tis in the lap pf the Gods now. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,957 ✭✭✭ Seaswimmer


    I ordered an Edge explore last week from Bike24. They had a bit of a sale on. arrived today..


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭ amber2


    For anyone looking at buying the Garmin instinct solar €259 on runningxpert at the moment, free delivery.

    https://www.runningxpert.com/eu/garmin-instinct-solar.html?gs_color=010-02293-00&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-q3mqu238QIV0O7tCh0IDwaeEAQYASABEgI-uPD_BwE


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,419 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    That's a good 100 euro cheaper than everywhere else and all colours available.

    Is that a reputable site?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭ amber2


    fat bloke wrote: »
    That's a good 100 euro cheaper than everywhere else and all colours available.

    Is that a reputable site?

    https://ie.trustpilot.com/review/runningxpert.com

    Good reviews on trustpilot. I’ve ordered it’s on the way with a 180 day returns policy. Also known as lobeshop.dk

    https://www.runningxpert.com/en/inspiration/runningxpert-story


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