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Naughty Internet Retailers & Misleading Keywords

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

We’ve all heard the differences between OEM Replacement and OEM Compatible and OEM Original, but here at lamp research, we’ve seen it diluted in the keywords of a lot of online retailers of Philips and Osram lamp products.

Buyer Beware! Don’t buy OEM Compatible or Replacement lamps. The word compatible usually means a generic, while replacement can mean a variety of things. If you have any doubt in your mind, call the company before you buy. Ask if it’s the same lamp that came in your TV or not! Our general rule of thumb here is that the best lamps are usually Philips which is 100% compatible with most television lamps. If not a Philips, try an Osram. Then if not Osram, think again before you buy. Lamps are usually designed to work with the ballast that power them. Philips lamps are always preferred with a Philips lamp driver (or ballast) in most circumstances!

Here are some examples of websites listing OEM Compatible, Replacement, or Original. We will be examining the Philips LCOS television with lamp unit part number 312243871310. The original lamp is manufactured by Philips Lighting.

The company claims to not sell OEM replacements!

The company claims to not sell OEM compatible...

[caption id="attachment_83" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="But they do offer an OEM replacement! The listing doesn't show if it's a Philips lamp or not, but this company is rumored to be the same company as River Valley Electronics, so we know they don't sell Philips."]Clearly someone didn't get the memo.[/caption]

Discount-Merchant.com sells an Original OEM Philips, but says it's an original Philips/Magnavox! We know DM is one of the largest Philips distributors, so we'll let that slide this time.

[caption id="attachment_91" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="PartStore has the best listing, but their prices are quite high. You can definitely find it cheaper elsewhere. PartStore is a good source for other parts you can't find anywhere else."]PartStore has the best listing, but their prices are quite high.[/caption]
This company is known to sell Osram, not Philips. In this case, OEM Replacement is very misleading!

This company is known to sell Osram, not Philips. In this case, OEM Replacement is very misleading! buyer Beware! Don't be fooled into buying an Osram lamp for a Philips TV, when Philips is obviously the better brand.

We're not sure if they are OEM or not, but they claim that it is (And that's one really good price if it is!) If you get an Osram from DiscountTVLamps.com for this lamp model or Philips part number, ask for an exchange!

LampResearch.com has actually ordered parts from most of these internet retailers before and we can tell you that you get what you pay for, so call and ask before you order. Ask for genuine. Ask for OEM. Ask if they are an official, authorized distributor.

We’ll keep updating this list, but it’s safe to say, stay away from companies that mislead you on OEM product. You could buy a cheaper product, but you’ll pay for it in the end! As we stated before, if you aren’t sure about it, call the company and ask. Better yet, call a few companies. Making 2-3 phone calls to reputable dealers will save you $$$ in the long run.

So River Valley Electronics makes our naughty list for misleading customers, while other internet retailers for OEM lamps receive kudos. This Christmas season, make sure you buy an original lamp for your television, and Santa won’t leave you a lump of coal!