VM Innovations has Blendtec ICB3 1500 Watt Commercial Blender + Sound Enclosure (Refurbished) for $199.99 - 15% with coupon code ITWILLBLEND = $169.99 + free shipping. Thanks blastingcap
Note, the blender comes with 1-year warranty.
Use coupon Welcomeback15 to take 15% off the base price of $200. COUPON EXPIRES SEPT. 2, 2011!
$170 for a high-powered blender with sound enclosure and 64-oz carafe isn't bad at all, even if you have only 2 presets. The main drawbacks: it only comes with a couple of preset buttons (that some people are saying you can reprogram but I am skeptical) so you may end up pressing Pulse a lot; and the warranty is only a year. But some credit cards may double that or something. You can also buy a squaretrade extended warranty on this unit if it's worth it to you: http://www.squaretrade
If you want it in black, the base price goes up to $250. -15% = $212.49
I already own a Blendtec, but it doesn't have a sound enclosure, making me hesitant to use it late at night or in the morning. I intend to use this as my early-morning/late-night blender.
If you don't know why people love Blendtecs/Vitamixes and why these are worth paying extra for... let's just say that Blendtec/Vitamix blenders are in a whole 'nother league and can do things you simply can't do with normal blenders, whether it's making smoothies that are smooth enough to be baby food, or ice cream, or even hot soup:
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Note from VMInnovations:
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and the hassle that the refurbished Blendtec blender has caused some of you. Our customers are very important to us and we do our best to treat you with the fairness, respect and understanding you deserve.
If you received a defective unit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will offer you a replacement at no charge. As soon as your return is processed we will deliver your replacement at no charge to you.
At VMInnovations we sell over 10,000 different NEW products & a few refurbished units like the Blendtec blender. As noted before, these blenders were refurbished by an independent certified 3rd party (not Blendtec) where parts were replaced as needed and unacceptable units were discarded.
Your satisfaction is important to us & if you are not happy with the product you received please let us know. However, please note as the listing states these blenders are refurbished & may show signs of use. This posting is intended for our customers that received defective unit. If your unit is not functioning the way it is designed to we will replace it at no cost to you.
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Many users are reporting foggy and spider cracked plastic and leaky jars. These units do not seem to be refurbished at all but simply tested and functional. Not so slick when you get them in the mail.
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Warranty: 1 Year VM Innovations Warranty <-- not as good as BlendTec warranty which covers EVERYTHING. <--- I'm sorry but this is not true. The normal Blendtec warranty only covers the base for multiple years, not the jar, which is the most likely to break. You are referring to when Blendtec had a special sale that had a 10-year warranty that covered both base and jar for 10 years, but that is not their normal practice. I don't know if or when we'll ever see that deal come back. Please don't spread misinformation. See: http://www.amazon.com/Blendtec-TB...B000GIGZXM and search for "warranty" to see.
I would wait until the BlendTec $250 refurb deals come back, with the 10yr warranty. $80 more for 10yr warranty is worth it.
If anything is wrong with the unit, you have to pay to ship it back or pay them 25% restocking fee to return it! Sounds like a sham company. When you check out, the title of the page says, "Page Title" very unprofessional, who know if they'll even still be in business next year. <-- I'm sorry, but this is also incorrect. See below about VMInnovation's return policy for defective units. I am leaving your Amazon review on the wiki anyway, though, for sake of argument.
This review is from: Blendtec ICB3 13Amp Commercial Smoothie Blender - 110V
I have been salivating while waiting for my blender for the last week. I bought frozen fruit and already measured out the wheat to be ground by this blender's raw power. then it arrived, along with a little photocopied manual for a different model. The blender jar had one of the four "feet" on the bottom broken. And the icing on the cake: this "refurbished" blender didn't start. I closed the sound enclosure, reset the machine, and followed the troubleshooting guide. The LCD display turns on but when pressing one of the four buttons, it only beeps. So now, VM Innovations tells me that their broken, not-as-described product will need to be returned at MY cost. THEN, they will ship back another used unit or I can pay them 25% of the purchase price to restock it and cut my losses. I am still deciding what to do.
If you are not 100% delighted with your purchase, VMInnovations will gladly accept your return within 30 days. Please contact our Customer Service team to obtain an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) within 30-days of your purchase. To speed up the process and help you out faster, all returns require an RMA. Items without an RMA may be delayed or returned to the sender.
We guarantee your complete satisfaction; if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase simply send your product back for a full refund within 30 days. To mail the product back to us simply request a pre-paid return shipping label. NOTE: Returns of items that are not the result of our error will be subject to a return shipping fee which will be deducted from the refund. All returns will be professionally tested before refunds are given. Except for refurbished goods, if your return has been opened or is in unsellable condition we can't offer refunds but we will offer to exchange the unit.
For your safety, we will issue a refund to the card that was used to pay for your purchase. Normally it takes about 2-3 business days after we receive the package for your return to be processed. We will do our best to keep you informed throughout the process via email. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-866-639-9320.
Last but not least, there is NO RESTOCKING FEE applied to any returned goods.
Defective, Damaged, or Incorrect Items
At VMInnovations, we are committed to bringing you the best products at the lowest prices with the highest level of customer service possible. Most of the products we carry are covered by manufacturer's warranties; we will work diligently to help resolve any issues that may arise with your product. Any goods that are found to be defective, damaged or incorrect will be replaced without any restocking or shipping fees.
If your item arrives damaged, don't worry! Our Customer Service team is here to help you. Please contact us with your order number and we'll assist you with exchanging your damaged item at no additional cost."
A good comparison review video:
Learn how to reprogram the Blendtec ICB3 without any cables etc.