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18/11/2016 - What Should I Pay for a Two Way Radio?
With so many re-sellers in the market all competing for your purchase of the exact same product, price is one of the main buying factors for any customer. So what should you be paying for your radios? Most main brand manufacturers have an RRP / SSP which is your first guide. However these can vary quite significantly from one brand to another. The basic rule of thumb is - "You Get What You Pay For". Motorola, Kenwood and HYT are amongst the higher price range products, however these are incredibly high quality manufacturers who guarantee their radios for 2 years, giving you an idea of what you're getting for your money. Their radios are incredibly durable with most of their obsolete models still very much in use today. Icom is another high quality manufacturer who has given us professional models at a competitive price, striving to give the customer value for money. Icom also guarantee their radios for 2 years and are very widely in use. Mitex is rapidly becomming popular in the two way radio market, with their high grade radios at cost-effective prices. They guarantee their radios for 1 year, there is very little to go wrong with them, they're extremely economic to repair and are essentially "cheap" enough to replace if necessary.
So now you have a clearer idea of which manufacturers are your "long term" choice and which ones are your "let's get the job done" choice. As for which re-seller you purchase from, most customers have found that the cheapest offer isn't always the wisest choice. Does the price reflect the customer service they offer, their after-sales care and their ability to offer you help and advice if and when you need it? It's well worth speaking to the company before making a purchase to get a "feel" for if and how they will benefit you after they've happily taken your money.