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Satellite Shopper’s Guide- Types of Satellite TV Dealer to Avoid


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Are you in the search of the right satellite TV deals and reading for consumer pointers in getting the best offer? If yes then I am sure that you read a lot about how Dish Network and DirecTV stack up, which satellite program to go for, how and where to get free satellite TV deals, as well as articles on cable TV vs satellite TV services.

While most consumer guides normally tell which satellite TV providers or dealers to go for, it is equally important to know what kind of satellite TV dealers to avoid from. One should be aware that with any hot products online come scammers. Being alert and sensing a fraud deal is critical to avoid unnecessary hassles.

Runaway, as far and as fast as you can in case you meet such kind of satellite TV deals

1. Satellite TV promotions that sound too good to be true

If a satellite TV deal sounds unrealistically good, it probably is. You should understand that all satellite TV dealers (also known as retailers) get their resell rights from the same satellite TV providers – either Dish Network or DirecTV. By all means, these dealers should be running their business with more or less the same operation cost (assuming all dealers are running their biz online), thus the dealers should be offering more or less the same to their customers in order to have a profitable business. If someone offers a much greater deal (too expensive free gifts or too cheap subscription fees) compare to the others, chances are they are just giving fake promises and offering fraud deals.

2. “We do business online and do not have a valid mailing address"

Doing online business does not mean that there are no needs of a valid offline address. Any business in the States, both offline and online, are required to be registered with a valid mailing address. In case that you come to a dealer that fails o provide their valid offline contacts; most probably their business is illegal. Make sense?

3. Satellite TV dealer’s website that does not provide 24-7 customer call support

Customer supports are as important as a valid offline contacts. As a consumer you do not want the dealer to get out of sights completely once you have pay for your satellite system. A good satellite TV dealer should offers after sales service (in case the systems are faulty) as well as certain level of money-back guarantee (in case that you change your mind in the early stages).

4. Satellite TV dealers that charge hidden fees

This is a tricky part. Dishonest satellite TV dealers often hide the expensive shipping cost or installation cost from your order when you have not give out your credit card info. Once you had placed your order, these scammers might overcharge you with various hidden cost. To avoid such situation, you should ask clear enough about the nett cost of your order, and always reject the deal if they try to charge you extra from what they offered in the first place.


Without doubts there are more scammers on Internet than you and me can ever imagine. Satellite TV shoppers should always beware of all these scammers and do not fall into their traps. Satellite TV deals can be a huge bargains or a scary nightmare and it all depends on the satellite TV retailers that you pick.

In case you are looking for the right satellite TV dealers , you can search and review online dealers at

Article by Claudia.


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