Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oneonta, NY (Formerly Winston-Salem, NC)
TIME CRITICAL NOTICE: Huge Savings on SPOT Locator
DISCLAIMER: Not affiliated with SPOT or anyone that sells it. Just a guy that found a good deal and wants to tell others how to get the same deal.
Many folks already know about the SPOT locator. For those that don't, it a personal tracking device that tells friends, family and emergency responders exactly where you are - basically a reverse GPS.
Many have debated (elsewhere) the merits of it, or lack thereof. I won't rehash that here, but suffice it to say that it's at least worth considering as an added safety measure when traveling.
The purpose of this post is to alert any who might be wanting one to a few deals going right now that can save you a huge chunk of money.
First of all, SPOT ain't cheap unless you find a deal like what I'm about to tell you about. The unit retails for $149, and the yearly service agreement is $99. That allows you to send various pre-written messages to alert folks of your status and GPS coordinates. For an extra $49 you can get semi-real-time tracking where your position is logged every 10 minutes and folks can check your progress on a secure website. Lastly, for an extra $8 you get extraction insurance that will pay for the helicopters and rescue personnel if they have to pull you out of a canyon somewhere. So you can see that without any discount, you're looking at a little over $300 to get the whole enchilada.
That is out of price range by a long shot.
Luckily, I let my hours of aimless internet time pay off and found 3 deals that have allowed me to get the whole shootin' match for a little under $80 (not a typo).
First, the SPOT folks are offering a $50 mail-in rebate through 1/31/09. Second, a site called "FireEagle" (part of Yahoo!) has a promotion code for a free year of basic + tracking (that saves you $150) right there. Lastly, Sports Authority has the unit offered for $130 instead of $150. Put it all together and you have it all for right around $80 (with free shipping - thank you very much).
Here's the downside. If you're interested, you need to hurry. In order to activate the code for the free service, you have to have you're unit in hand and complete registration by 12/31/08 (yep - that's tomorrow night).
Realistically, at this point you'll need to go to a brick and mortar store to buy it and get it registered ASAP. The SPOT is sold at places like REI, Sports Authority, Dick's Sporting Goods, Cabella's and the like.
I hope this info helps someone. Sorry it's coming so late, but I was waffling on it, and so I just now did the activation. I did not want to recommend it to anyone until I had seen if the free service discount really worked. It does.
I still don't have my $50 rebate. There is an outside chance I won't get it because they say that you have to pay full retail for the unit ($150) in order to qualify. I think I'll be able to get around that since Sports Authority is on of the "authorized distributors".
Anyway, buy at your risk and good luck.
Chris in Oneonta, NY
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