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Thermco ACC400DIG Waterproof / Shock Proof Digital Thermometer $4.50 -[50°C to 300°C (-58°F to 572°F) Range]

kingdealcreator 14 20 February 17, 2016 at 07:39 PM in Home & Home Improvement More Amazon Deals
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Thermco ACC400DIG Waterproof / Shock Proof Digital Thermometer, [8]" Stem Length, -50°C to 300°C (-58°F to 572°F) Range, +/-1.0°C Accuracy

Waterproof
Shock proof
Minimum/Maximum Memory
Hold/Test Function
NIST Traceable w/Certificate

NOTE: It appears there is an error in this listing. Title says 8" long, reviewer states it's actually 5" long. Regardless that's a heck of a deal

Previous lowest price was $16-$18

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQMIREW
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Regardless that's a heck of a deal

Previous lowest price was $16-$18
Not even close.

No, previous price for multiple third party sellers has always been in the general price range.


This is not even mentioning that who knows what size you'll get. In addition, the condition notes for this seller state: "damaged box items " which is not even technically "new" items, per Amazon guidelines. More than likely these are factory seconds/damaged lot items, per the sellers name.

A whole lot of Fail Whale going on with this thread.
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Fine, Amazon has it for $5.81, down form $16. Anyone can make it available for sale for 0.01. But amazon only adjusts it's prices to match legitimate offers.
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Quote from kingdealcreator View Post :
Fine, Amazon has it for $5.81, down form $16. Anyone can make it available for sale for 0.01. But amazon only adjusts it's prices to match legitimate offers.
Too belatedly, I want to say this is a good deal, echo the OP that this is legitmate, and rebut the flawed, failed analysis in another post - which hurt this deal and probably prevented SDers from a good deal.

And this has a potential to be a great deal. I will receive my shipment next week and try to post a followup after a test / comparo.

Sorry for the length of the following. It is easy to toss out misconceptions in a few words - it takes a lot of words to address the misconceptions. It takes a whole Snopes [snopes.com] article to discuss a one-sentence claim.

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There are three good reasons to buy this:
NIST Traceable w/Certificate
NIST Traceable w/Certificate
NIST Traceable w/Certificate

Seriously, I challenge SDers to find a lower-cost digital thermometer that is NIST Traceable with Certificate. This certification is usually for serious, lab-grade sh*t - that is calibrated and has written proof; then any experiment done with the device has valid data, hence "Traceable".

The only model for consumers that I can think of with NIST certification is the expensive Thermapen, which is highly regarded and also used in industry, as well as being top rated in many reviews. The Classic Thermapen regularly sold at the full price of $96 (and add S*H), with rare sales, and only dropped to $79 because the Thermapen Mk4 came out at $99 (I got my Classic Thermapen for $63 in a recent open box sale).

If another SDer does a find lower-cost digital thermometer that is NIST Traceable with Certificate, then it's win-win. He wins my challenge, but we all win with another deal.

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The OP is correct to use the word "legitimate".

Thermco Products Inc. [thermcoproducts.com] looks to be a serious, professional company:
Quote :
ISO 17025 Accredited Lab
Thermco is a ISO 17025 Accredited Lab for Calibration and Recertifacation

ISO accredited provider of Calibration, Recertification and Repairs Traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
I see Grainger sells Thermco products [google.com] (just not this item). Grainger is a serious, commercial (business to business) supplier, and sells quality products with a satisfaction guarantee. Grainger would not waste money on low-quality items that will be returned.

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Thermco's webpage for STEM Digital Thermometers [thermcoproducts.com] has this model ACC420DIG, as well as the sister model ACC400DIG. Many specs are given. It is surprising the two models have identical specs, aside from the different range (one normally finds lower precision or accuracy in the wider-range measuring tool), so I would GUESS that regular pricing for both should be close.

These sisters have attractive features - listed in the OP's OP, especially being shockproof and waterproof.

What is disappointing is there is no spec given for response time. I will try to post about this after comparing with my other digital thermometers.

This webpage confirms that this has a 5-inch stem (probe). For consumers, this is comparable to other quality thermometers (most have 4.5-inch or shorter probes):
The Best Instant-Read Meat Thermometer for Your Kitchen [thesweethome.com]

BTW, Thermco's ThermoJack FLIP PROBE Watertight Folding Pocket Thermometer Thermco ACCD0553DIG looks suspiciously like the Lavatools Javelin (formerly Thermowand), which is well-regarded. I wonder if Thermco supplies Lavatools. Mentioning this is as an indicator of quality (many reviews on the Javelin).

Just because the stem length is wrong on Amazon's webpage means little about the item's quality or Thermco's honesty. We don't know whether it is Amazon or Thermco's fault. Amazon pages have many mistakes - I have submitted corrections, but Amazon is not responsive (no changes), even though it costs them money (I have a long story....).

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As to pricing, a fair analysis paints the whole picture, instead of picking a small part to "win" the argument.

Regardless of other sellers, Amazon is selling new stock and a complete analysis includes their pricing, not just 3rd party sellers (like liquidators and seller of overstock).

First, the little sister, ACC400DIG, should be cheaper, but Amazon sells it for $24.78 (constant), according to camelx3.

Second, Amazon sells this deal item, ACC420DIG, at an average price of $16.62, according to Camelx3, and the lowest price was $5.56 last year. Amazon's price jumped up after the deal was posted, in steps, and is currently at $25.91, comparable to its sister.

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Third, Camelx3 is seriously flawed in using only item pricing instead of total pricing (includes S&H) in its 3rd Party pricing info - and in its frontpage Popular Products (Popular Deals). The latter is especially ridiculous, often featuring useless "Best Price" penny "deals" from 3rd parties - one cannot buy the deal for a penny. When one checks further and adds in S&H, these "deals" are often worse than from other sellers with no or a low S&H fee.

This is the eBay TRICK of listing an item at a price of $0.01, to appear first in sorting, but have a high S&H fee. Granted, one can sort by total price...but...the penny sellers will often refund only the item price (not S&H) on a return, so the buyer only gets a penny back!

I have complained to Camelx3 about the often useless 3rd Party pricing info and useless "penny deals" it features on its frontpage, but there is no improvement or change.

So, when "penny pricing" appears, it destroys the usefulness of Camelx3 3rd pricing info for that item.

In contrast, Amazon seller pricing info is fine because usually a buyer has Prime or can earn free shipping.

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Usually, Amazon will price match large retailers like Walmart, Target, NewEgg, Best Buy, et al, either on its own accord or prompted by Amazon customers submitting a price match request. It will also match or beat other (marketplace, 3rd party) sellers on its own site, so Amazon appears as the default seller on an item's product page. So it is not unusual that Amazon dropped its price to $5.56 in the past and to $5.81 in this deal.

An SDer may be uncomfortable with 3rd party seller National Liquidation's item condition (which is common on eBay) for $4.49, FBA with Prime shipping:
"NEW IN RETAIL BOX. BOX MAY SHOW SOME DAMAGE - BUT CONTENTS INSIDE ARE GUARANTEED TO BE 100% NEW! SHIPS FAST AND FREE WITH AMAZON PRIME!"
As the OP mentioned, one instead could have bought new from Amazon for $5.81.

I weighed National Liquidation's lower price versus the peace of mind of buying direct from Amazon. Either was a bargain for a quality digital thermometer.

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Then ...

I looked at the $0.01 + $4.72 S&H seller, which had the second lowest total price.

Usually, these sellers do NOT give a break on combined shipping; instead the stated S&H is additive, even for quantites of the same item.

Not here! Each additional item only added a small amount to shipping, less than $1. I don't remember the amount, but the total for (only stock of) two thermometers was LESS than buying two from National Liquidation with free Prime shipping!

I spent the next hours scouring this seller's storefront (Amazon does not make it easy, with no sorting), while nervously watching stock on my original target. I collected 9 items, ranging from $0.01 to $17, EACH with a STATED S&H of around $5 (so S&H could have been $45+). However, my final, combined shipping was under $8. What a score! What an unusual seller.

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I TU this deal and repped the OP, but I wish I could rep him more.

However, I think my purchase caused the collapse of this deal, which I regret for the sake of other SDers. With the second seller gone - and its price pressure, National Liquidation bumped its price up to $12+ (which may still be worth it). Amazon followed, with multiple increases.

But the deal was crippled already by the flawed analysis comment and the TD votes, causing a negative score, scaring off buyers. I know because the day of the deal post, National Liquidation had a quantity of 24, and Amazon had a quantity of 8. Now, 10 days later, National Liquidation has 23, and Amazon still has 8.

I am sorry that I could not comment and rebut earlier. Then I took my time because the deal was mortally wounded, with the exit of the second lowest seller, and the jump in prices.

If you read this far, and agree with this and the OP, please TU this deal, so it may accurately reflect the deal quality.

Maybe I wrote this partly because my thermometer deal, which was really a PSA (public service announcement, similarly got pounded unfairly.

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The lesson here is one sometimes has to work to get a deal. Don't believe all the comments or even the OP or product details. Check things out for yourself. Poke around (like looking at other sellers and simliar products).

Deal Score often means little. Many deals have a zero or low Deal Score, but the deal sells out anyway. There are many lurkers (non-commenting and non-voting SDers and non-registered visitors) who snap up deals.

Pursuing this deal got me a bag of cool items at a bargain price. Or a bag of crap (Woot, Woot)...I'll see next week....
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