Garmin eTrek Purchase

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 08:53
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I'll be driving to Sydney over the long weekend, and will be looking at buying a Garmin Etrek while I'm there. I want the Garmnin for the Troopy, as well as bushwalking. As I've been reading maps for 40 years (and using GPS's for 6) I don't want the "bells and whistles" - just nice simple six figure grid references.

As I'll be staying in Caringbah, does anyone know of suppliers in the St George-Sutherland Shire - preferably cheap ones :). I know I can get it over the internet at Johnny Appleseeds for $296 + postage, but I'd rather deal with a real person :)
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 09:33

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 09:33
Steve

you could try Whitworths Marine and Leisure at Caringbah on the Kingsway opposite the Black Stump restaurant and next to Pizza Hut. I bought my eMap from them a few years ago and found their price to be great. They may not have them in stock, so it might pay to ring ahead and check

for their contact details goto www.whitworths.com.au

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Armidale - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:16

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:16
Whitworths have them for $319....I'll see if I can beat them down :)
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Reply By: Shirly - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:00

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:00
Steve Johnny Appleseed GPSin Brisbane has the best prices and probably the best knoweldge and service in Australia on GPS equipment.
If you can afford the slightly more expensive eMap it has better reception and the maps of Australia that come with it are average and a bit outdated but nevertheless useful. At a later date you can always add the Mapsource and a memory card.
I purchased an eTrek first but soon got tired of the small screen fiddly buttons and chunky size. JA GPS has some great bundle deals on the eMap.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Armidale - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:17

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:17
Thanks for the advice, but I've used both, and the eTrek is the more suitable for my needs.
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Reply By: roscoe - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:38

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:38
G'day Steve, there is a Paddy Palin store at Miranda on the Kingsway, which is just up the road from Caringbah. I am not sure of pricing, but they have lots of good stuff in there. Seeya, Roscoe.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Armidale - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 14:06

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 14:06
$445 at Paddy's. Hmmmmm ..... I wonder how they justify being that much dearer.
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 09:42

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 09:42
Steve, my searching in Sydney for an eTrex would indicate you won't find it at a retail (face to face) outlet cheaper than $319. There are a couple of on-line sellers that all carry it at $296. You'll even find some "as new" second hand items on some of the various GPS web-site "classifieds" for the low $200s. Why not buy on-line now, and "play" with it on your drive down to Sydney?Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: Steve from Armidale - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 12:52

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 12:52
Thanks for everyones help.
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Reply By: Niko - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 06:16

Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 06:16
The new Geko is worth a look too. The difference is the buttons are on the top on the Geko instead of on the side on the Etrex. The Geko201 is the closest to the Etrex in terms of size and functions. Same price too. Don't look at the Geko101 as it has no external connections for antenna/data which means if there is a firmware bug, too bad! Nor can you upload download waypoints, only can be done manually.
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