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Old 04-03-2013, 08:05   #1
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LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

Ordered 5 bayonet style bulbs online and received TOTALLY DIFFERENT BULBS, of no use to us at all. Website was then changed indicating bulbs no longer available, and bulbs returned for refund. Today called and was told bulbs in stock but my refund only covered bulb cost, not shipping. I'm out twelve bucks shipping charge, plus return postage THROUGH NO FAULT OF MINE.
CheaperThanDirt .com has customer service practices lower than whale crap. Don't even think of buying from these shysters.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:20   #2
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

May I respectfully suggest that a firm calling itself "cheaper than dirt" might have a predictably poor business model when it comes to customer service?

Hey, I just got a flyer from "Old Busted Crackhoe, Inc." Thirty percent off!

Nonetheless, thank you for the warning.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:24   #3
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

Just for the sake of discussion Most all major suppliers pricematch.I,know my local West Marine does and have found this true at Defender.Why deal with cheeper than dirt when legit retailers with proper customer service will price match.IMO
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

West Marine is ceasing to price-match, actually. It's in another current thread.

LEDs can be made for boats cheaply or correctly. "Correctly" is more technical than I care to write up now, but it centers on voltage regulation. Yes, it costs more, but not so much that it isn't still a great idea to go all LED, unless you've got an onboard genny and are using halogens instead of buying a diesel heater.

If you care to Wal*Mart the equation and get the sort of LEDs used to illuminate the sides of truck rigs, go for the lowest price. It doesn't matter. If you are looking to get extended life and better colour reproduction over the typically variable range of source voltages available on a boat, go for the better regulated models.

Me, if I've looking to create a three-LED "mini-strip" powered by a 9V battery and switch by a reed switch, all Velcro'd to the underside of a locker lid, I happily purchase the crappiest, bluey LEDs at the surplus store, as the goal is five seconds of "oh, that's where I put this", rather than "I wish to navigate now, or to have a pleasant meal."

That sort of nice LED light costs more.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:15   #5
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

Cheaper Than Dirt is strictly for gun nuts. Only buy bricks of cheap milsurp ammo from them. I've bought thousands of rounds from them with no problem.
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

CTD has a long and good reputation. You say the web site was changed. Maybe whoever you spoke to thinks you ordered the wrong products. Call or email again, make sure it is clearly stated that you did not receive what you ordered, and I think you'll get a different result.

When a company ships the wrong item, that's their problem. They know it.
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Re: LED Bulbs from CheaperThanDirt.com

G4 units from reputable suppliers are already less than $10. Saving the last kopeck would not be my main priority, when choosing LED conversion units for my boat.
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Go here..great bulbs,fast shipping and made for marine use.

Marinebeam Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures
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