Echo pro-lite?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jeff11, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. Jeff11

    Jeff11 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Was just wondering if anyone has any knowledge (good or bad) of the Echo "pro-lite" blower model # PB260L. Am thinking of buying one and was wondering if these are worth the $300. Cunsumer Reports gave them a very good rating, but then again it was Consumer Reports. So I don't know what to get.:blob3:
     
  2. BRIAN FOLEY

    BRIAN FOLEY LawnSite Member
    from ERIE,PA
    Posts: 47

    The pb 260 is a great little blower, i have 2 of them they are great for sidewalks & driveways after mowing, i have the 650 for big jobs and it is the most powerful of all blowers. try alamia.com for pricing and i think they still offer free shipping. Brian
     
  3. aakin

    aakin LawnSite Member
    from 6
    Posts: 11

    I got the Echo PB260L Blower at Home Depot for $239.

    I saw it at floridaoutdoor.com for that price. Printed the page out and took it to Home Depot. Home Depot matched that price no questions asked. I saved $60.
     
  4. Martino

    Martino LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,772

    Florida Outdoor is not a dealer. They are a distributor that supplies Echo products to dealers. The price that you mentioned is a state bid price, available to municipals and other non-profit entities, usually for multi-unit purchases. All mfgs. of commercial OPE products have similar programs. These programs are run through dealers, not distributors or mfgs. The dealer preps and delivers these products and makes about ½ of his regular margin. So you see, this is NOT a retail price. If you already knew this and did the Home Depot thing, that makes you a thief. You, in essence, stole $60 from HD. To top it off, you are now encouraging others to steal, too.

    If you did not know this, I wonder if you will go back to Home Depot and give them the $60 that they are entitled to?

    I can't believe the measures that some people go to in order to save a few bucks. Enjoy your ill-gotten gain.
     
  5. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    Martino I feel like a non-profit organization so I guess it is all right for me to do this then JUST JOKING. I have seen these blowers brand new on ebay going pretty cheap so jeff 11 you might want to check out ebay.
     
  6. aakin

    aakin LawnSite Member
    from 6
    Posts: 11

    Martino let me start by saying you are a hippocrit. You go out of your way to pay the highest price for stuff you buy? If you do you are dumber than I thought.

    I certainly will not return what you term as my ill gotten $60 from Home Depot. And no I did not know that it was for state contracts. And by the way neither did Home Depot.

    I did a search on Yahoo for that back pack blower and gotten a list of many sites that sell that blower for considerably less than the suggested retail price. I believe Yardgeek.com had if for $249.
    I printed out the lowest price I saw. I went to Home Depot and asked them if they matched prices. They said sure, I gave them the print out and they matched the price. What is wrong with that?

    Judging from your post you sound like one of those greedy fat cat dealers. Don't blame for for the market dynamics. If you are unhappy that Echo sells their products through Home Depot then stop selling Echo.

    What I did is is every consumers right. I did nothing wrong and nothing I am ashamed of. If you can not compete get out of the business.

    I work hard for my money and my utmost responsibility is to keep as much of that money as possible for use by my family, not for some fat cat dealer. And if the likes of Home Depot and Yard Geek can sell it at these prices profitably (even at a 20% discount) why can't you?

    I have nothing agains't dealers of such products. Most are very nice, some choose to negotiate on price and others choose not to. And I choose who I want to dod business with. I also purchased a Husqvarna 325LX trimmer from a dealer for $329, not that it wasn't available at Lowes and not that Lowes wouldn't match the lowest price I found on the net ($281) but because I liked the dealer he provided support and I was appreciative. I chose to give him my business.

    The purpose of these forums is to exchange information, that is what empowers us consumers and business owners. Don't shun me or try to muffle me becuase I say something that is not in your best interest. By posting my experience I am helping many people keep more of their hard earned dollars and reinvest in their business.
     
  7. Martino

    Martino LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,772

    -"You go out of your way to pay the highest price for stuff you buy?"
    Nope....always looking for a good price, but always an honest one.

    -"you are dumber than I thought."
    Thats what my wife keeps telling me.

    -"And no I did not know that it was for state contracts."
    It was stated clearly on the website page that you printed out.

    -"And by the way neither did Home Depot. "
    Why would they?

    -"I went to Home Depot and asked them if they matched prices. They said sure, I gave them the print out and they matched the price. What is wrong with that?"
    What is wrong with that is that it is not a retail price.

    -" Judging from your post you sound like one of those greedy fat cat dealers."
    Nope again. Am not, have never been and never will be a dealer. Okay you're partly right....I could stand to lose a few pounds.

    -"What I did is is every consumers right. I did nothing wrong and nothing I am ashamed of."
    No, every consumer has the privelege (not right) of bringing in a legitimate competitor's retail price for HD to match. You did not do that, by your own admission.

    -"And if the likes of Home Depot and Yard Geek can sell it at these prices profitably (even at a 20% discount) why can't you?"
    Again, I am not in the dealer biz, but I can tell you that the dealer cost (including HD) is around $239. Please explain to me how they can make a profit with customers like you.

    -"By posting my experience I am helping many people keep more of their hard earned dollars and reinvest in their business."
    Albeit in a less than honest way.

    Again, I ask, now that you know the price that you gave HD was bogus, will you do the right thing and pay them the money that they are due?
     
  8. trimmasters

    trimmasters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    Aakin, Thanks for the tip, I'm going to homedepot tonight so I might just have to pick one of those up.
     
  9. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    If you want someone to blame than blame echo for selling to mass merchant stores they had to know that there would be this kind of situation happening all the time once they allowed just anybody to sell their merchandise. Do you think that would of happened at your local dealer, of course not because he would have enough knowledge of the product to know that it cost him more than that to stock the product. Echo's greed brought this upon themselves once they took their product from the pro's (dealers) and allowed 16 year old kids (home depot) to sell their product. You don't see stihl doing this do you, no because they want knowledgable people dealing with their product so that when it comes time to ask about a certain feature you get the right answer and not some information that the 16 year old just found on the box.
     
  10. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    sheesh martino- If I buy a brand new echo backpack 260l from a dealer who sells them on ebay for 239, am I a thief? I have had lots of stores price match stuff that I knew was too cheap. many companies do "loss leaders" and others will match it even though they lose money too. heck, Lowes will even beat it by 10% ! I hardly think this is dishonest, especially when it is THEIR rules you do it by. Dave g
     

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