I must have been dreaming my self . Seriously I've been so bored lately with COVID, the election, TV repeats and so on. Since my wife had her stroke back in March, we stay home a lot and don't do too much. I don't have a ham license of any kind so these would be for listening only. I guess it's possible I might consider getting my license at some point. In any event I'd have fun and they'd keep me challenged for sometime with all those options! If not, like everything else I could sell them if I lost interest.The more important question is which one do you unbox first. I have never made a multi radio purchase so I am no help. Perhaps call a couple small places (Universal, R&L, etc) and one of the bigger ones (DX Engineering, HRO).
I do know that on delivery day my nose would be against the window all day waiting for them to arrive.
Good advice!Call around and ask. It just might give you some negotiating power if your preferred dealer doesn't offer the discount. Don't forget to call various stores of the chains that have multiple ones since they just might give you different discounts. Also remember that both radios will probably need to be in stock for you to get a discount (and that often the stores will try to clear out their inventory at the end of the year for tax reasons so timing might also be important). Also note that Icom generally doesn't allow dealers to publish prices below the company stated prices (this may be below MSRP, but will probably be the same across the various stores) so you'll need to actually talk to the stores to have any chance of getting a lower price. They may need to list some type of "trade in" for the discount to happen. This may require you to send in something or simply have them list a phantom trade in so the discount won't look like a discount.
I'm considering the purchase of a new ICOM IC-7300 and a IC-9700 Transceiver. Do any of the ICOM dealers offer a discount for multi-radio purchases?
Yes I understand the wideband limitations of the 9700. I've seriously considered the IC-R8600 receiver for over a year. I have three excellent scanners to cover the VHF/UHF monitoring. I want the extra features of the transceivers should I pursue a license I won't to spend again as much.I could be wrong, but I thought the 9700 does not have wideband coverage and only receives in its three ham bands. If so, and you don’t have your license, then it may not be the best fit for you.
Have you considered the R8600 instead of the 7300 and 9700? That would give you nearly DC to daylight reception in a nice package.
ICOM has generous rebates on both the IC-7300 and the IC-9700 and all the dealers seem to have both in stock right now. I think COVID causing a lot of uncertainty and people out of work right now has slowed the market considerably. I don't think 10% would be unreasonable. Doesn't hurt to ask.I doubt dealers will do a deep discount. One, their profit margin is already slim on radios themselves, they make their money off accessories. Two, the recent production halts/slowdowns due to the COVID excuse has created an artificial demand surge that means they are selling their stock as fast as they can get it. It's not like they're sitting on a dusty warehouse floor for months these days.
FWIW, I bought my IC-9700 in July from HRO and the only location that had any in stock were the Anaheim location so they had to ship it from Cali. That being said, I've bought close to five grand from HRO in the last 18-24 months and no discounts were given. It's a seller's market these days.
Also excellent advice! I'll look into the IC-7610...or are you using the "Vulcan mind meld" to set me up to offer you a good deal on the IC-7600 when and if I decide to sell it next month?
Plus it would be portable. If you really need to have 100 watt TX capability down the road I've seen 100+ watt amplifiers in several places, so you would get the best of both worlds.I do think the above suggestion to consider 705 is a good one. The 9700 is a dedicated transceiver for hardcore vhf/uhf work and I think it would be overkill for most people - like me. I think it is especially true in this case that a good antenna system is needed to do it justice.
I have not researched it fully but I would think the 705 would give you 90% the functionality of the 9700.
Now I'm really confused and indecisive. I better give this more thought.