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[Amazon.ca] 3 multimeters for $32.99 amazon shipped

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[OP]
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Jan 11, 2006
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Oakville
Kurtz7834 wrote: Amazon.ca is doing the shipping so I'm hopeful.
Yes, me too: considering that I was willing to pay the $42.99 for ONE and now I may get THREE for $32.99 -> that would be a pretty good overall deal if fulfilled :)
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Jan 21, 2018
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troutjegs wrote: For those that didn't notice, all of the reviews read like they aren't written by someone that speaks english. A few reviews, sure. But all of the reviews?
It's common for Chinese suppliers on Amazon.ca to seed the reviews for a new product with a bunch of very positive fake reviews. I don't know why they keep up this practice when it's pretty well known now.

This looks like a good deal, and you probably can't go far wrong if you get 3 this cheap. But past experience has been that really cheap multimeters are really cheaply made and subject to a lot of problems, such as: unsafe for measuring high voltage, connectors and controls that break quickly, readings that vary with internal battery voltage instead of staying accurate, etc.

Plus you may get hit with a long customs delay and GST/HST/PST charged for value over $20 if shipping from China.
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Oct 27, 2003
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engineered wrote: For $5 who cares? I actually bought that $5 unit and it works fine, came withing 2 or 3 weeks. $5 vs $45 (+2 units you don't need).
Your meter is much more primitive than the one in the OP as well, doesn't have the same auto ranging capability. Display looks dim and crappy.
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Oct 27, 2003
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Scote64 wrote: It's common for Chinese suppliers on Amazon.ca to seed the reviews for a new product with a bunch of very positive fake reviews. I don't know why they keep up this practice when it's pretty well known now.

This looks like a good deal, and you probably can't go far wrong if you get 3 this cheap. But past experience has been that really cheap multimeters are really cheaply made and subject to a lot of problems, such as: unsafe for measuring high voltage, connectors and controls that break quickly, readings that vary with internal battery voltage instead of staying accurate, etc.

Plus you may get hit with a long customs delay and GST/HST/PST charged for value over $20 if shipping from China.
The products in the OP ship directly from Amazon.ca

If you are not satisfied with the quality, you can deal with Amazon's usual great return policy.
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Just want to let you know that seller is using this "Free" product trick to get rid the bad quality products. Because these products are free, if you try to request a refund/return from these free products, you won't get any money back. You need to chat with CSR and some CSR will manually issue the refund as Amazon credit to your account, but it is YMMV. You can request a refund on the entire bundle, but it may flag your account with many product return at the same time.
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Oct 26, 2003
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Kurtz7834 wrote: There is $10 coupon on one of the meters. I was able to get all three for $32.99 all in. Very confusing process and very likely a big price error being able to combine all these promos at once.

My invoice total looks like:

Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal:CDN$ 101.57
Shipping & Handling:CDN$ 9.80
FREE Shipping:-CDN$ 9.80
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 25.59
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 10.00
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 3.00
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 29.99
Total before tax:CDN$ 32.99
Estimated GST/HST:CDN$ 0.00
Estimated PST/RST/QST:CDN$ 0.00
Grand Total:CDN$ 32.99
here is mine

Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal:CDN$ 101.57
Shipping & Handling:CDN$ 0.00
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 25.59
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 10.00
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 3.00
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 29.99
Total before tax:CDN$ 32.99
Estimated GST/HST:CDN$ 0.00
Estimated PST/RST/QST:CDN$ 0.00
Gift Card Amount:-CDN$ 32.99
Grand Total:CDN$ 0.00
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Jan 21, 2018
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Kurtz7834 wrote: The products in the OP ship directly from Amazon.ca
"Fulfilled by Amazon" should be fine - Amazon is pretty good about returning products that are unsatisfactory, although they have been clamping down a bit more lately.

But still, given what I've seen of cheap multimeters (and I have a few myself), I would spend more to get a quality brand name. Of course if you don't have a mutlimeter at all, and you're too cheap to buy a decent one, better to have something than nothing.
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Oct 27, 2003
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divx wrote: here is mine

Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal:CDN$ 101.57
Shipping & Handling:CDN$ 0.00
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 25.59
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 10.00
Your Coupon Savings:-CDN$ 3.00
Promotion Applied:-CDN$ 29.99
Total before tax:CDN$ 32.99
Estimated GST/HST:CDN$ 0.00
Estimated PST/RST/QST:CDN$ 0.00
Gift Card Amount:-CDN$ 32.99
Grand Total:CDN$ 0.00
So you had an Amazon gift card balance to get it to $0.00, correct?
[OP]
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Jan 11, 2006
79 posts
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Oakville
Scote64 wrote:
But past experience has been that really cheap multimeters are really cheaply made and subject to a lot of problems, such as: unsafe for measuring high voltage, connectors and controls that break quickly, readings that vary with internal battery voltage instead of staying accurate, etc.
I did a quick search on the manufacturer and the specific model (on the first meter I wanted to buy): it does not seem to be worse than no name multimeters sold at Canadian Tire or The Source (which is what I use now) from a quality perspective and the features are much better. We shall see (I hope).
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Oct 27, 2003
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Scote64 wrote: "Fulfilled by Amazon" should be fine - Amazon is pretty good about returning products that are unsatisfactory, although they have been clamping down a bit more lately.

But still, given what I've seen of cheap multimeters (and I have a few myself), I would spend more to get a quality brand name. Of course if you don't have a mutlimeter at all, and you're too cheap to buy a decent one, better to have something than nothing.
I think most people who rely heavily on these things will be paying the three figures for the Fluke.

The one in the OP is probably fine for hobbyists and DIYers.
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Oct 27, 2003
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Scote64 wrote: "Fulfilled by Amazon" should be fine - Amazon is pretty good about returning products that are unsatisfactory, although they have been clamping down a bit more lately.
Clamping down how? You have 30 days to return it for a refund.
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Mar 24, 2008
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Thanks OP! For $32 I will take the dive and see if all three of these are worth it. If not Amazon.ca does have a pretty decent return process.
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Jan 21, 2018
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Kurtz7834 wrote: Clamping down how? You have 30 days to return it for a refund.
They used to allow you to state any reason, like just "not satisfied". Now they want you state a valid reason why it is not as described or is unsuitable to purpose. It's not hard to find a reason, but you might want to think for a moment about how to put it if you're describing your reason for asking for refund.

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