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Old 11-26-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Hey all,

I'm moving in about half a year. I saw there's some great deals for Black Friday, and also on Amazon, they have great deals for GPS's (especially the one I'm interested in - The Garmin 765t)

My question is, should I wait until before I move to buy a GPS, or are the deals too good now that I won't be able to get that price once the time comes to move?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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What does moving have to do with it?

If you have the money, get it now.
If you don't, don't.

I really like my Garmin!
Oregon 400t
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: AZ
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The whole reason I'm planning on getting a GPS is because of the fact that I'm moving across the country. Also, it'll help me with getting more familiar with the roads.

I have the money now, but it's not a money thing. I don't necessarily NEED it at this moment. It's a timeframe thing - 5-7 months is a long time for technology! I'm wondering if these huge cuts on prices I'm seeing on GPS's (such as the Garmin Nuvi 765t going for $209 w/ free shipping) will last or not? Am I better off buying it now, or if I buy that same exact GPS in around 5 months, will it still be around the $209 price range?

The reason I'm asking is because there's some people who are more versed with GPS's than me.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:21 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Hey all, I'm moving in about half a year.
How many streets you think will change in 6 months ?

So it should not be obsolescence that may stop you ..?
I am using TOPO maps from 6 years back ... (for exploring the wilderness)
I doubt if the mountains changed or moved in all those years.

Cost .... answered above ....
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The whole reason I'm planning on getting a GPS is because of the fact that I'm moving across the country. Also, it'll help me with getting more familiar with the roads.

I have the money now, but it's not a money thing. I don't necessarily NEED it at this moment. It's a timeframe thing - 5-7 months is a long time for technology! I'm wondering if these huge cuts on prices I'm seeing on GPS's (such as the Garmin Nuvi 765t going for $209 w/ free shipping) will last or not? Am I better off buying it now, or if I buy that same exact GPS in around 5 months, will it still be around the $209 price range?

The reason I'm asking is because there's some people who are more versed with GPS's than me.
I'm not moving anywhere and yet I use mine all the time
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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The whole reason I'm planning on getting a GPS is because of the fact that I'm moving across the country. Also, it'll help me with getting more familiar with the roads.

Well, if that is all you want it for, a map will work fine. And you can get them free if you belong to AAA.
They will even plan the route for you for free - ask for a TripTik.


If you are not a member... membership is way cheaper than a GPS.

Of course, there's maps.google.com too.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: AZ
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How many streets you think will change in 6 months ?

So it should not be obsolescence that may stop you ..?
It's not obsolescence of streets that worries me, (though the Phoenix area, which I'm moving to, is a high growth area which means there would be new streets with new subdivisions and whatnot) it's the obsolescence of technology.

Basically, it's that I'm wondering (from someone who has followed GPS technology), if technology in a GPS is going to change much in the next few months for them to come out with a new model (which could possibly drive the costs of the units I'm looking at now down), OR if they (meaning prices) stay pretty static no matter what?

I've never looked into GPS units until last weekend when I actually used one hands on, so I don't really know all too much about them.

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Old 11-27-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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The GPS market has been very volatile in both technology and price for a least the past 2 years. What ever you buy today will probably be cheaper in a couple of months and the model you purchased will have been superseded by a model with more bells, lights and horns (features.)
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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OP, my sister gave me her GPS when I left a smaller area in the south for Chicagoland.

It is a must, IMO. I mostly used mine to get familiar with the area and for traveling to and fro while I got settled. I didn't need bells and whistles. I just needed it to be generally accurate.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I found a great black Friday deal on a Tom Tom GPS system. Was able to get it for my son for $99...originally priced $250. I personally have a Garmin which does the job just fine for what I use it for. I think I don't know how to access all the features so that's why some aspects seem more complicated
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