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early mornin' smokin' 03-07-2012 09:41 PM

Ripped off by local BGE dealer??? Opinions needed
So award for girlfriend of the year goes to my own. A L BGE for my 30th bday, surprised the hell out of me! So she gave me the receipt so I could register it.

Large Egg, nest, flimsy side shelves, not the nice teak or plastic ones, ash tool, grill gripper, non BGE branded electric lighter, BGE outdoor cover, and a bag of BGE charcoal. all said and done, out the door for $1200 which she paid cash and paid tax on top of that price.

AM i out of line for thinking she got ripped off? I need some suggestions, possible egg dealers? eric? eggy? where are you. She surprised me, so I had no influence on the purchase or where to get it from. I know a local dealer who has a VERY similar bundle for $850.

I would rather avoid getting my girl fired up over the fact she got taken for a ride, but don't want the dealer getting away with it.

fingerlickin' 03-07-2012 10:03 PM

Is it even possible to return it and look around for a better deal? I would think there's no way your gonna get anything substantial back from the guy. She obviously didn't mind spending the money on you, so I might just think about leaving it alone and not risk offending her by criticizing the price she paid. I don't know her though, maybe she would appreciate it more if you got her some dough back.

martyleach 03-07-2012 10:46 PM

Well, I got all that plus a plate setter for less a grand, tax included about 3 years ago. I did get the nest with the flimsy teak side tables with it. So, I would say she probably paid list price +.

I would go back to the guy and have a discussion but I wouldn't say a word to the GF.

GrillsGoneWild 03-07-2012 10:54 PM

You have all the gear, plus the reciept. I would take it all back to the dealer for a full refund and take your business somewhere else. Get the $400 cheaper price, take the $400 you saved and buy a bunch of meat and rubs. Throw a party in honor of "Your GF of the Year". Win-Win and girlfriend never knows.

BluegrassSmoke 03-07-2012 11:10 PM

Ummmm, treading in thin ice...them sweeties can be a fickle bunch...think you doing right and Bam! Nope wrong me, married for 41 years to the same beautiful woman and I ain't go her figured out yet!

But me? I'd take it back, get a refund and buy the better deal, explane to the misses that you love her and love the BGE but you also don't like her getting ripped off. So you got some money back for her...( don't tel, ya returned it, just say money back)....then don't buy a single piece of BBQ a dozen roses and take her out on the town for a nice dinner....

Phrasty 03-07-2012 11:17 PM

...... Tell her you know a way to keep the same present AND save her money....

Return it for the cash and get the same damn thing somewhere else for less... then to sweeten the pot take HER out to a nice dinner with some of the savings :heh: (give her the rest of course) as a "thank you"

Problem Solved :thumb:

RevZiLLa 03-08-2012 12:34 AM


Originally Posted by martyleach (Post 1972226)
I would go back to the guy and have a discussion but I wouldn't say a word to the GF.

Marty is wise. Graciously accept her generosity and enthusiasm

pwa 03-08-2012 12:57 AM

+1 listen to Marty and RevZiLLa not worth the risk of upsetting the GF and returning it for a better deal could make her think all the effort she spent searching for a dealer find all the parts ect to make you happy... you don't appreciate(the effort)


posey's_pork_pit 03-08-2012 04:18 AM

Here's my 2 from a woman's perspective ~ price the exact same setup at another dealer. If your suspicions are true and you find the exact same setup significantly lower, get it in writing. Now, without the girlfriend knowing, load up your birthday gifts and head out to the original dealer. Get the full refund and then show them the reason why for the return. Even if they match the other dealer, I still wouldn't do business with them.

Next stop, the other dealer. Load up and head on home. Plan a really nice evening just for her and then explain what you did and hand her the savings. :clap2:

early mornin' smokin' 03-08-2012 06:00 AM

She knew me well enough to buy the egg, I know her well enough that she doesn't like overpaying.

In my head i'd be happy knowing the guy did something to make up for the difference, throw in a plate setter and pizza stone, guru, more bge charcoal, something.

I cooked on it the day I got it and almost everyday since, returning it is out of the question.

early mornin' smokin' 03-08-2012 06:33 AM

Now i'm scrutinizing everything. The serial # in the lid does not match the this normal?

Ive thought about this a lot over the past week, best solution I can come up with is call my local egg dealers and get prices. Call back the person mine was purchased from, ask for the same setup and the price.

rksylves 03-08-2012 06:44 AM

You hit my idea right at the very end of your last post. I would go in to the suspect dealer, price out the exact same setup, and see what he comes up with. If it's very different than the deal that GF got then I would confront him right then and there. If he stonewalls then I would mention going to the local Better Business Bureau and filing a complaint.

I would also take a look at his floor model(s) and see if the serial numbers match up or possibly if one of those serial numbers matches one of yours! If it did then I would REALLY get upset.

Your call on telling the GF. Could go either way. She might appreciate your going for the savings but then she might feel hurt that you had to out-do her & make her present better and not appreciate the present as-is. I've gotten presents in the past that I know for a fact were overcharged but let it go and kept my mouth shut.


aquablue22 03-08-2012 07:10 AM

martyleach is a very wise man, I would go back to the original dealer and beat hell out of him or maybe have a frank discussion about you telling three, who tell three who tell three until the whole village knows and so on and you receiving a discount and then present said cash return to said GF in the form of jewelry

expatpig 03-08-2012 07:11 AM

I'm going to probably upset a few people, but the fact of the matter is he can charge any price that he wants. You can pay it or walk away. Having been in retail several times in my life, you would be surprised at how often someone will pay list price for an item. Don't fault the dealer, he is in business to earn a profit, and when you have the opportunity to make a profit you take it. Unless he misrepresented himself or the product he is well within his rights. Don't let buyers remorse get the better of you, what happens when while returning the egg humpty dumpty has a great fall? Just my take.

Wampus 03-08-2012 07:16 AM

My honest!

If she got taken, deal with that privately with the dealer. If you've used it and can't return it you may be up chit creek, but if he's a reputable dealer it shouldn't matter. Call em out on it. I'd find the better deal, get it in writing and take that to the place she bought it.

If your GF is gonna get pissed because you're trying to be honest with her and look out for her money and best interest, then you've got another problem. If your relationship works better when you're deceiving each other, you've got a much bigger problem in the future.

I'd handle it first, then bring the solution and results to her. If she's in it for the long haul then she'll appreciate the whole thing.

My $0.02

Either way.....congrats on the birthday gift!:thumb:

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