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    • sbaishya
    • By sbaishya 7th Jun 10, 4:20 PM
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    sbaishya
    Anyone bought from Elite Savings?
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    • 7th Jun 10, 4:20 PM
    Anyone bought from Elite Savings? 7th Jun 10 at 4:20 PM
    I've been looking into buying a couple of electrical products, and whilst Googling for the best prices, I came across this website:

    www dot elitesavings.co.uk

    The prices for the items I am interested in are very low, which is great, however their business model is unusual, and I am concerned that I would be leaving myself open to problems with little comeback.

    From their website:

    Elite Savings are the first company to negotiate exclusive contractual rights with a select few of the largest global electronic suppliers around the world. We endeavour to change the way the process of buying electronics is done online, now, and in the future! We have proposed a way for our customers to purchase items legitimately and at rock bottom wholesale prices without the requirement to be in business or taking trips out to the Far East! Effectively, this works by us acting as 'brokers' by bringing trade free of charge to our partners who in turn for this, relax their policy of selling items in bulk quantity only.
    Since we're bringing our partners new custom at no marketing and advertising cost to themselves, then this has put Elite Savings in a strong negotiating position which cannot be ignored. After some hard negotiation with the suppliers, a deal was struck allowing them to supply customers referred from us with items priced at discounted bulk wholesale rates providing that the customers referred, are willing to accept their order being sent as low priority to benefit from the wholesale savings. After conducting customer research, we found that a staggering 88% of people surveyed said that the most important thing to them when buying online is to find the lowest priced item!


    The Brokering Process

    Step 1- The customer places an order via Elite Savings.

    Step 2- After placing your order & making payment, in 5 days you will be contacted by a member of our staff who will inform your that a supplier has accepted your order and will take responsibility of shipping it out to you. We will provide you with an ETA (usually 30-45 business). If you're unhappy then a full refund can be claimed 7 days after making payment.

    Step 3- If you’re happy to proceed after step 2, then we will email you with a contract that requires your signature. The contract is in place to confirm that the supplier we've located for you is willing to accept your order and will be responsible for dispatching it out to you. You are required to sign the contract and either fax it or scan and email it back to us. Please note, the contract is in place to safeguard all 3 parties involved, you, the customer, us as a broker, and the supplier who will take responsibility for shipping the item.

    Step 4- Once we have received the signed contract, then we will notify the customer of who the supplier responsible for dispatching their order out to them is. From now on, the supplier that Elite Savings has sourced for you, will happily answer any questions in relation to your order and will also provide you with a tracking number once the item has been shipped.
    Has anyone dealt with this kind of company before (or this particular one)?

    I suspect that this one should be filed under "too good to be true", but I thought it would be good to see if anyone else had any experiences they could share.
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    • Coopdivi
    • By Coopdivi 7th Jun 10, 6:41 PM
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    • 7th Jun 10, 6:41 PM
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    • 7th Jun 10, 6:41 PM
    Delivery times are between 30 and 45 business days. So you'll wait at least 6 weeks for your goodies.

    Goods are coming direct from the manufacturers, like Apple and Bose, who are somehow going to make just as much profit from individuals in the UK as they do with bulk buyers like Argos, Play etc. Conveniently for Elite when you receive your goods your contract is then with the manufacturer. No need to worry about Distance Selling Regulations then.

    The website is registered with a Ms. R Kaur at 1st Floor, 442 Woodberry Grove Finchley. See link

    http://whois.domaintools.com/elitesavings.co.uk

    However the website address is 1st Floor 2 Woodberry Grove.

    The prices on that website are unfeasibly low. An I-Pod Touch 3rd Generation 64Gb machine is less than £200. No reputable wesite gets near that price. Marks and Sparks are selling a 32Gb one for £225.

    This site reeks of scam. Use it at your peril.
    • sbaishya
    • By sbaishya 7th Jun 10, 6:49 PM
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    • 7th Jun 10, 6:49 PM
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    • 7th Jun 10, 6:49 PM
    Thanks for the reply. I thought it sounded a bit dodgy.
  • thfc_johno
    • #4
    • 8th Jun 10, 5:30 PM
    Tech-Center.eu
    • #4
    • 8th Jun 10, 5:30 PM
    I've been looking at a purchasing an iMac recently and have held off buying whilst I compare prices.

    The site mentioned in the above posts was one that came up in my search - briefly. Another similar kind of site, offering again large discounts also caught my attention, for perhaps the wrong reasons.

    Has anyone used or heard of "tech-center.eu" ?

    £604.72 for a 27" iMAC smacks of a scam.
    • Coopdivi
    • By Coopdivi 9th Jun 10, 12:35 AM
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    • #5
    • 9th Jun 10, 12:35 AM
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    • 9th Jun 10, 12:35 AM
    I've been looking at a purchasing an iMac recently and have held off buying whilst I compare prices.

    The site mentioned in the above posts was one that came up in my search - briefly. Another similar kind of site, offering again large discounts also caught my attention, for perhaps the wrong reasons.

    Has anyone used or heard of "tech-center.eu" ?

    £604.72 for a 27" iMAC smacks of a scam.
    Originally posted by thfc_johno
    See this thread and my reply.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2513613
    Last edited by Coopdivi; 09-06-2010 at 12:35 AM. Reason: forgot link
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 9th Jun 10, 9:12 AM
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    • 9th Jun 10, 9:12 AM
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    • 9th Jun 10, 9:12 AM
    Notice that you send (full?) payment before any contract has been signed. Even if you do get the goods you paid for, maybe they won't be models designed for the UK or European marketplace.
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
  • Pete=]
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    • 11th Jun 10, 9:20 PM
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    • 11th Jun 10, 9:20 PM
    You just want it to be true, but probably isn't. £269.99 for an HTC Desire?! I've emailed HTC but I doubt they'll know tbh.
    Even a google search doesn't come up with much so I presume their new and people have stayed well clear, but on various tech using shopbot the website keeps popping up... so I presume someone will get caught out sooner than later if they are a scam.
  • stevienbain2
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    • 12th Jun 10, 7:41 PM
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    • 12th Jun 10, 7:41 PM
    Found these details at Companies House.... Not sure if it helps.... Name & Registered Office:
    GADGET BROKERS LTD
    1ST FLOOR
    2 WOODBERRY GROVE
    NORTH FINCHLEY
    LONDON
    ENGLAND
    N12 0DR
    Company No. 07192771

    Status: Active
    Date of Incorporation
    : 17/03/2010
    Country of Origin
    : United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC(03))
    :
    None Supplied
    Accounting Reference Date: 31/03
    Last Accounts Made Up To
    : (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
    Next Accounts Due
    : 17/12/2011
    Last Return Made Up To
    :
    Next Return Due
    : 14/04/2011
    • dealer wins
    • By dealer wins 12th Jun 10, 11:58 PM
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    • #9
    • 12th Jun 10, 11:58 PM
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    • 12th Jun 10, 11:58 PM
    All these 1 post wonders promoting their SCAM WEBSITE.

    Only order if you like being scammed for your hard earned dosh guys and gals.
  • Scaz04
    I'm new here and have been reading this thread with interest as I have been looking to buy a Nexus One and found the phone through Google shopping at Elite Savings for just £324.99, I was skeptical about this price and by Googling the site found this discussion.

    What I am wondering is whether anyone has tried this site since the thread was opened? because although people are suggesting it is a scam it seems nobody has actually bought anything yet. . . .

    Any comments of good or bad experience would be appreciated.
    • Coopdivi
    • By Coopdivi 17th Jun 10, 3:53 PM
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    Coopdivi
    In that case then Scaz, your best bet is to buy it then in 2 months time when you receive it you can come back on here and give a gushing review of how Elite are possibly the greatest company ever to advertise on the internet and you have no connection with them whatsoever. Honest.
  • georgemikie1
    Anyone knows from where I could buy a nexus One shipping to Europe?? It's really hard to find! This website that you're all talking about....doesnt seem safe :S
  • georgemikie1
    have you found some place who sells the nexus?
  • Scaz04
    In that case then Scaz, your best bet is to buy it then in 2 months time when you receive it you can come back on here and give a gushing review of how Elite are possibly the greatest company ever to advertise on the internet and you have no connection with them whatsoever. Honest.
    Originally posted by Coopdivi
    Well thanks for that helpful comment, i'm not promoting the site, i'm not telling anyone to use it and to be honest I won't use it myself until I know that others have and it is fine because I think it's too good to be true. If anyone does have some useful comments please share.

    I have emailed the site and requested a copy of the contract you have to sign to see what their response is and what it is exactly they expect you to sign but whether they send it before payment I don't know but I'll post back when I get a response.
  • Scaz04
    have you found some place who sells the nexus?
    Originally posted by georgemikie1
    I have heard you can get it direct from google and they will ship it from America but then you are stung with taxes, high delivery charges and so on.

    I definately am going to get this phone though so when I find the best deal I'll let you know.
  • Scaz04
    OK here's an update then of what I emailed and the response I got:

    (I've just copied and pasted so their reply is obviously first)

    Hi

    Thanks for your email.

    It does not state anywhere on our website or in our t&c's that a
    contract is to be signed prior to delivery, or at any stage for that
    matter.

    Kind Regards,

    Online Assistance Team



    On 17/06/2010, <sales@elitesavings.co.uk> wrote:
    > From: ********
    > Email: ********
    >
    > ------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > Hello
    >
    > I am interested in purchasing an item from your site but have never heard of
    > you before and with prices as low as yours i'm sure I would have.
    >
    > I have heard that in order to purchase goods from your site I need to pay
    > for an item then I will be sent a contract to sign before goods are shipped,
    > I wouldl like to see a copy of this contract first please to help me make a
    > decision.
    >
    > Many thanks




    So they were quick in responding and they are right, there is no mention of a contract on their site, so they must have changed it since the original post.

    Anyway their email wasn't very informative or helpful, I thought they might have tried to convince me in some way that they are a legitimate company.

    Think I'll avoid.
  • georgemikie1
    I have heard you can get it direct from google and they will ship it from America but then you are stung with taxes, high delivery charges and so on.

    I definately am going to get this phone though so when I find the best deal I'll let you know.
    Originally posted by Scaz04
    Thanks! I will do the same I cant wait to get it...been looking around for ages :S:S
  • mr.savage
    I have heard you can get it direct from google and they will ship it from America but then you are stung with taxes, high delivery charges and so on.

    I definately am going to get this phone though so when I find the best deal I'll let you know.
    Originally posted by Scaz04

    Google don't sell phones.

    Thanks! I will do the same I cant wait to get it...been looking around for ages :S:S
    Originally posted by georgemikie1
    Either the same person, or idiot number two.
    Txt spkrs cn fk ff
  • Scaz04
    Google don't sell phones.



    Either the same person, or idiot number two.
    Originally posted by mr.savage

    I don't know what it is with this forum but people shouldn't post unless they have something useful to say/share and maybe the idiots are people like mr. savage that don't know what they are talking about.

    To buy the Nexus One from Google you can go to:
    http//www. google.com/phone

    (you need to remove the space between www. and google, and there needs to be a : after http, sorry I can't post links because i'm a new user)

    Right I've just been there and Google are selling it for $529.00 with the current exchange rate that is £357.49 (pretty good price if you ask me) not sure how much import tax and delivery charge is though. . .
    Last edited by Scaz04; 18-06-2010 at 1:08 PM. Reason: updating price from Google
  • ngom52
    Hey fellas, I did a google search on the company number published on the elitesavings website (7192771, listed in the faqs section) and the company address from the google search and from their own website appears to match; I guess someone living in London can pay them a visit and see if they're legit or not?

    Here's the address btw: Gadget Brokers LTD, 1st Floor, 2 Woodberry Grove, North Finchley, London N12 0DR

    Also, the company seemed to have only been registered on 17th March 2010, so that might explain why barely anyone has heard of them before
    Last edited by ngom52; 18-06-2010 at 3:43 PM.
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