Garmin ripoff

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by PBee, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    It's not fair to directly compare map or update pricing for different countries as I suspect the cost of obtaining the data varies. Most countries subsidize private cartography to varying degrees.

    The cost of a product is also be dependent on the sales volume.

    Obviously if the cost to produce is higher and/or the sales volume is less the price of the final product must be higher.

    Don't like the price of Garmins products, then spend your money elsewhere.

    Bruce
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  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    :huh :hmmmmm

    A poor attempt at humor no doubt.

    Cheers,
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  3. Black7

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    No I haven't. Didn't know that was an option. Thats good info. Thanks.

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  4. PBee

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    Yep. All included & he is a very happy camper.

    The 660 is a good bit of kit & I'm happy with mine, I got it in '09 so I have to pay more.:baldy
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  5. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    I do wonder how Garmin and their suppliers comes up with the pricing of GPS units, original map purchases, and lifetime updates.

    I have a Nuvi for the car. Cost me $189 for a decent widescreen with lifetime map and traffic updates.

    My 376c cost me about $1,000 when I purchased it originally with CityNavigator, etc. And that was 6 years ago, now. After that, I bought an original version of City Nav NT on DVD for about $115, maybe 3 years go. And then the lifetime map updates for about $89.

    My 60CsX was about $200, and then the same prices for City Nav NT license and lifetime updates as with the 376.

    While I realize for moto touring I don't have to update so frequently, I do use the 376 and 60 in the car auto routing some times, and it helps to have current data in the U.S., especially around big cities.
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  6. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    I recently acquired a 665LM which of course comes standard with the North American Maps. I immediately purchased Australian maps (Navteq) for $150.00 and set to work using them in Melbourne, my home town. (Next week I head out into the country, I hope it will be an improvement on my current experience.)

    For context, I know Melbourne extremely well and also have a Tomtom in the car. The Tomtom is set to selecting the fastest route and it does so unerringly. The Zumo is likewise set to the fastest route and it is b.f. hopeless. (Sorry for the profanity). I have followed its instructions on many occasions just to give the thing another chance, but it avoids freeways like the plague and sends me down roads that Tomtom would never dream of.

    The craziest incident was coming home one afternoon I decided to go half left instead of going around the bend (no pun intended). Now this is within 400 metres of home. I got the recalculation and instead of saying 'Turn Right in 300 metres' (and then I would be home) it took me ACROSS the road in which I live, with instructions to turn first left, first left and first left again. So the idiotic map took me around a block, instead of a simple right turn.

    I called Garmin (after three tries over two days and over an hour on hold I got through) and they could not help me. The young pup said to me 'But it got you there in the end'.

    Does anyone know of another map of Australia I can download? I have sent an email to Whereis, but I am not hopeful.....
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  7. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    What are the settings in your routing preferences and avoidances?

    Sounds like it is set to avoid freeways.
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  8. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    I have selected 'Fastest Route' and unchecked all avoidances. Is there a setting to avoid freeways? I know there is on my Tomtom, but have not seen it on the Zumo.
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  9. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    That should do it.

    I'd load the maps up into Mapsource or Basecamp and see how they autoroute there. If the problem persists, Garmin's site has a place to report problems.

    Just to be clear though - which Garmin map data did you purchase?
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