Radar detector rentals?

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I Googled "radar detector rentals" and did not come up with much. Are their places that rent latest generation radar detectors? If so, which are good rental companies? What makes them good?
 

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Not to my knowledge, but most offer a 30 day return window. Wasn’t certain if you were looking to “try before you buy” or only looking to use a RD for a specific trip.
 

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Not aware of any company or location that rents RDs.

Best Buy and several online only RD sellers offer free returns. I bought an R7 to try it out from BB and returned it after 11 days (thing would not shut up in Atlanta and surrounding area).

My father knew he was going to be in VA for three weeks and bought a Radenso Pro M from an online retailer with a 30 day return policy and returned it after 23 days. His V1 was mid-windshield mounted and didn’t want to chance it for 21 days of heavy highway driving in VA plus wanted a undetectable RD.

Those are my only thoughts.
 

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Not aware of any company or location that rents RDs.

Best Buy and several online only RD sellers offer free returns. I bought an R7 to try it out from BB and returned it after 11 days (thing would not shut up in Atlanta and surrounding area).

My father knew he was going to be in VA for three weeks and bought a Radenso Pro M from an online retailer with a 30 day return policy and returned it after 23 days. His V1 was mid-windshield mounted and didn’t want to chance it for 21 days of heavy highway driving in VA plus wanted a undetectable RD.

Those are my only thoughts.
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Is the return policy primarily when buying direct from manufacturers, not retailers? What stops people from "borrowing" a RD for their vacation road trip and then just returning it afterward?
 

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I'd love to test a ProM, but know that I wont be keeping it for sure. I don't like the idea of buying it with the premeditated intent of returning it... I've heard that BB tracks returns and at times has not allowed them for serial returners....
 

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Is the return policy primarily when buying direct from manufacturers, not retailers? What stops people from "borrowing" a RD for their vacation road trip and then just returning it afterward?

Nothing other then tying up their money for the time before the return and any hassle with doing a return. If one has a Premium Best Buy Membership many returns are allowed out to 30 days (always check, don’t assume it is 30 days because it varies by product).

Several online retailers have 15 to 30 day return policies but make sure you read the fine print. I just checked the company my dad used and they still have 30 days BUT now only on unopened purchases so that doesn’t work anymore.

Crutchfield sells Radenso and has a 60 day return policy but again check for exclusions because it is not on all items. Crutchfield does this because most people that try buy and they sell returns at open box prices.
 

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Keep in mind that when you buy a radar detector from a retailer like Crutchfield, Amazon, or Best Buy with the full intent to return it, you are hurting the small manufacturer (Escort/Uniden/Radenso) and not the retailer.

The retailer will not eat any the cost of any returns - if you want to do business with them, you agree to shoulder that yourself. And they will not take care to preserve merchandise so it can easily be refurbed/resold.

What happens is that we get a pallet of returns back of damaged products that we have to eat, and the retailer's algorithms ding our metrics since people are returning our product. This leads to less organic promotion and less sales in the future.

Long story short, if you're going to do this please don't do it from a retailer or Amazon. I would prefer that you don't do it at all, but if you do, I think all manufacturers would prefer that you do it directly from their website so we don't get unfairly penalized with our retail partners.
 

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Keep in mind that when you buy a radar detector from a retailer like Crutchfield, Amazon, or Best Buy with the full intent to return it, you are hurting the small manufacturer (Escort/Uniden/Radenso) and not the retailer.

The retailer will not eat any the cost of any returns - if you want to do business with them, you agree to shoulder that yourself. And they will not take care to preserve merchandise so it can easily be refurbed/resold.

What happens is that we get a pallet of returns back of damaged products that we have to eat, and the retailer's algorithms ding our metrics since people are returning our product. This leads to less organic promotion and less sales in the future.

Long story short, if you're going to do this please don't do it from a retailer or Amazon. I would prefer that you don't do it at all, but if you do, I think all manufacturers would prefer that you do it directly from their website so we don't get unfairly penalized with our retail partners.
Have you ever considered a "try it before you buy it" or "love it or leave it" type program? I'm certainly no businessman but I wonder if this could be another revenue stream for those big box returns rather than just a typical inventory close out? Certainly the major operating expenses would be dedicating man hours to manage such a program. It's an interesting thought IMHO. I'm all in favor of someone being able to make an extra buck.
 

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Have you ever considered a "try it before you buy it" or "love it or leave it" type program? I'm certainly no businessman but I wonder if this could be another revenue stream for those big box returns rather than just a typical inventory close out? Certainly the major operating expenses would be dedicating man hours to manage such a program. It's an interesting thought IMHO. I'm all in favor of someone being able to make an extra buck.
I think a try it before you buy program would just be too much administrative hassle for us right now, and that's kind of why we offer the 30 day guarantee on our website. It always sucks to get returns, but I would MUCH rather get a direct return than one from a retailer.
 

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Keep in mind that when you buy a radar detector from a retailer like Crutchfield, Amazon, or Best Buy with the full intent to return it, you are hurting the small manufacturer (Escort/Uniden/Radenso) and not the retailer.

The retailer will not eat any the cost of any returns - if you want to do business with them, you agree to shoulder that yourself. And they will not take care to preserve merchandise so it can easily be refurbed/resold.

What happens is that we get a pallet of returns back of damaged products that we have to eat, and the retailer's algorithms ding our metrics since people are returning our product. This leads to less organic promotion and less sales in the future.

Long story short, if you're going to do this please don't do it from a retailer or Amazon. I would prefer that you don't do it at all, but if you do, I think all manufacturers would prefer that you do it directly from their website so we don't get unfairly penalized with our retail partners.
Do you sell the returns the way V1 did?
 

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Keep in mind that when you buy a radar detector from a retailer like Crutchfield, Amazon, or Best Buy with the full intent to return it, you are hurting the small manufacturer (Escort/Uniden/Radenso) and not the retailer.

The retailer will not eat any the cost of any returns - if you want to do business with them, you agree to shoulder that yourself. And they will not take care to preserve merchandise so it can easily be refurbed/resold.

What happens is that we get a pallet of returns back of damaged products that we have to eat, and the retailer's algorithms ding our metrics since people are returning our product. This leads to less organic promotion and less sales in the future.

Long story short, if you're going to do this please don't do it from a retailer or Amazon. I would prefer that you don't do it at all, but if you do, I think all manufacturers would prefer that you do it directly from their website so we don't get unfairly penalized with our retail partners.

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I had no idea they did that to you Manufactures. When I bought Open Box items from Crutchfield, I always assumed they were returns from their 60 day "love it or return it" policy. From that assumption, I assumed that is basically what most Retailers did with Returns that were not damaged and still operational. Something that reenforced that assumption was there were no Radenso Open Box units on the website my father borrowed his Radenso Pro M from, then two days after he returned it, they had an Open Box Pro M available.

I have worked in several High End Audio Shops that both took returns and even loaned out equipment (almost a requirement when trying to get somebody to buy a $20K set of mono block Amplifiers in the 80s and 90s). Loaners were later sold as floor models if they came back and returns were taken into our repair shop (where I worked most of the time unless I was on the floor), verified operating within specs, then re-boxed and sold as Open Box Units unless we sold a Floor Model that just happened to need to be replaced. So again, I figured that is how other Retailers did it. I worked at these Audio Shops for the fun of it, help them when they had trouble finding the problem, to keep current on my hobby, and for the employee discount!

So no more Radenso Loaners for me or my relatives, time to start ordering Escorts Units from Amazon and buying them from Best Buy and Costco then returning them!

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I can't imagine the customers an RD rental company would have to deal with. Newcomers that aren't willing to do the research and expecting a top-end detector to let them have free reign on the open roads... Nope, nope, nope. Imagine the complaints and rage from people getting tagged with laser and getting a ticket, without every hearing an alert and/or having time to slow down. Not the detector's fault but a rental company would shoulder all the blame that their rented out detector didn't protect the moronic renter.
 

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I think a try it before you buy program would just be too much administrative hassle for us right now, and that's kind of why we offer the 30 day guarantee on our website. It always sucks to get returns, but I would MUCH rather get a direct return than one from a retailer.
That's 100% completely understandable and I appreciate your feedback.
 

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Seems to me some years ago, there was someone, forget what forum it’s was on, was thinking about renting radar detectors. Never did hear anything come of it.
 

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The retailer will not eat any the cost of any returns - if you want to do business with them, you agree to shoulder that yourself. And they will not take care to preserve merchandise so it can easily be refurbed/resold.
Jon, any idea which would be ok to share what percentage (or quantity) of units are returned by Amazon & brick and mortar retailers annually?
 

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I had no idea they did that to you Manufactures. When I bought Open Box items from Crutchfield, I always assumed they were returns from their 60 day "love it or return it" policy. From that assumption, I assumed that is basically what most Retailers did with Returns that were not damaged and still operational. Something that reenforced that assumption was there were no Radenso Open Box units on the website my father borrowed his Radenso Pro M from, then two days after he returned it, they had an Open Box Pro M available.

I have worked in several High End Audio Shops that both took returns and even loaned out equipment (almost a requirement when trying to get somebody to buy a $20K set of mono block Amplifiers in the 80s and 90s). Loaners were later sold as floor models if they came back and returns were taken into our repair shop (where I worked most of the time unless I was on the floor), verified operating within specs, then re-boxed and sold as Open Box Units unless we sold a Floor Model that just happened to need to be replaced. So again, I figured that is how other Retailers did it. I worked at these Audio Shops for the fun of it, help them when they had trouble finding the problem, to keep current on my hobby, and for the employee discount!

So no more Radenso Loaners for me or my relatives, time to start ordering Escorts Units from Amazon and buying them from Best Buy and Costco then returning them!

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Amazon also tracks serial returners
 

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