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Best Buy wins no matter what.  By stocking the remote, the customer is in the store.  Perfect time for a new TV, expensive cables, perhaps some printer ink, hey check out that new video game, etc.  I can see a good % of BB customers asking... — TotalControlRemotes on Jul 28
You’re exactly right Julie and it baffles me why integrators are willing to take on that much liability installing an automated thermostat for what, $50 extra profit?  We quit installing HVAC control and other mission critical items such as access... — Igor Kivritsky on Jul 28
That’s an interesting point, but no different from someone freezing because their thermostat misfires. — Julie Jacobson on Jul 28
Maybe it’s just me but did anyone think of the liability of this?  It’s one thing if little Jenny can’t watch Barney because the TV doesn’t work but if the humidity is all wrong because someone made a programming mistake and the... — Igor Kivritsky on Jul 28
That is really interesting! — Julie Jacobson on Jul 28
Home Despot sells Lutron Caseta, Best Buy sells Sonos… both have been reasons people called and ended up getting five figure installed systems once they saw what was really possible.  They bought something at the low end because thats all they knew... — SmartestAudio on Jul 27
“Come be the resi guy” said the spider to the fly Snort! — ritchut on Jul 27

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