UPDATE 2011-10-12: After Electronic Megastore seemed to be offline for quite some time I received an email last night from someone claiming to be the new owners of the site. Apparently he bought the site and/or business from the previous owners, and agrees they used to be very dodgy. He (the new owner) claims to be an honest businessman, and quite frankly I have no reason to doubt it.
There’s none of the evidence I list in my original post (kept below), and the domain ownership and other contact details have certainly changed. While I have no first hand experience of buying from this site so cannot recommend it personally, I don’t see any reason not to use it. If you’re still wary they accept Google Checkout (properly it seems, unlike the dodgy claims of their predecessors), and Google Checkout look like they have a good mediation process should anything go wrong. You can also rate the company once you’ve bought from them.
I’ve kept my original post below (I don’t like to delete things), but please be aware that as far as I can tell the complaints are for a totally different company which doesn’t exist any more.
The only slightly dodgy thing I would point out, is that the comment from a supposed satisfied customer (youngbuck) came within half an hour of getting the email from the new owner. Seems like too much of a coincidence to me, but you can hardly blame him for trying to undo the negative publicity!
Original (now out of date) post continues:
I watched last week’s Gadget Show last night (I’m a week behind), and saw their review on the Sanyo Xacti WH1 waterproof camcorder. They listed it as “from £165” which sounded amazing value, and considered buying it. Unfortunately it looks like they made a mistake on the price, as I couldn’t find a price anywhere near it.
I did find it at £189 however on a site I’d never heard of: Electronic Megastore electronicmegastore.com. I’m not sure what first made me wary of this site. Probably the fact it was at such a great price, and I’d never heard of the site before.
A quick Google Search came up with a page of customer reviews on Shobby. Some are great, but appear to be from similar IP addresses. The rest all talk about them being a scam run from a petrol station! This could be innocent and just a disgruntled customer/employee trying to spread rumours.
I decided to do my own investigations into the site, and have concluded that in my opinion the site is a scam, for the following reasons: