Have I purchased from that particular eBay seller before? Nope
I bought my CC290 @ Eastwood Hifi last October. I got a great deal on it- $399. They had a sale on the CC190 at the time and I had emailed the owner, Steve to tell him I wanted one. When I drove out later that day they didn't have any left in the colour I wanted so they gave me the 290 for the same price-ie $399. I'm not sure you'd get one quite at that price, but if you could pick it up for $500ish it would probably be better than purchasing from the US and not getting an Australian warranty. The US price on the link I posted is $299 plus $180 shipping, so you're getting close to $500 anyway. Wouldn't hurt to call or email Steve @ Eastwood Hifi and ask what he can do on the price, I guess. I cant speak highly enough of Eastwood. At the end of the day they will match or better just about any legitimate offer you can get anywhere else, and usually they are already pretty competitive. They do a lot of great package deals and specials and have a great reputation on here. They are a major Paradigm seller so I'd be surprised if you couldn't get a pretty good price from them.
I spent a few minutes trawling online for some current offers from other hifi stores- DigitalCentre has them for $799, and the 190 for $599- although they dont have a great reputation on here as a reliable hifi retailer. I cant comment- never dealt with them
They CC290 is still priced at $499USD on US Amazon, and up to $599USD at some other US retailers I just googled, so if you cant get close to the eBay price with Eastwood hifi I guess it looks like a pretty great deal.
One other option that I can think of- Big Picture People have a pretty strong Paradigm sale on at the moment, but centre speakers don't appear to be in the mix. Again- wouldnt hurt to call them and ask whether they sell CC290's and what they can do on a price. http://www.bigpictur...adigm-specials/
Edited by euro73, 16 May 2012 - 02:50 AM.