I believe that Garmin
tried to implement a policy that restricted the sale
of the new 6000 series plotters to only certain dealers - i.e. only dealers who were also installers / maintenance
techs. This, I believe, led to outlets like Defender canceling orders. Garmin
then, I think, blinked, because all of a sudden outlets like Defender are once again featuring Garmin gear
Almost any consumer marine electronics
can be purchased through discount online resellers like Defender, Consumers Marine
, etc. This includes Garmin, Raymarine
, Lowrance and Furuno.
Some people will always be better served by shopping
through a local full service
installing / maintaining dealer, usually at a higher cost. Others are quite comfortable buying
'white boxes' through warehouses and handling warranty / support issues on their own. Vive la difference!