Every month the editors of Washington Consumers' Checkbook magazine report here some of the best prices they have found in surveying more than 300 area retailers.
The retailers have promised to hold these prices -- and offer rainchecks if supply runs out -- until Aug. 31. It's a good idea to call ahead to check that a product is in stock. Stores may limit purchases to one per customer.
Here's a partial listing of bargain prices based on Washington Consumer's Checkbook magazine surveys. Computers.
Macintosh computer, 512k, 1 drive -- $2050 at Frederick Computer Products, Frederick (301-694-8884).
Compaq computer, 256k, 2DS/DD drives -- $1995 at Advanced Computer Concepts, Rosslyn (276-7800).
IBM PC computer, 256k, 2DS/DD drives with IBM monitor -- $2035 at Advanced Computer Concepts, Rosslyn (276-7800). Video Cassette Recorders.
RCA video cassette recorder, model VLP800, VHS with 3 heads, 6-event/14-day programmable timer -- $627 at Paul's Audio Video Center, Vienna (827-5797).
Quasar video cassette recorder, model VH5041, VHS with 2 heads, 1-event/14-day programmable timer -- $288 at Twinbrook TV, Rockville (424-8111).
General Electric, model AQ908AS, 8300 btu's per hour cooling capacity -- $379 at J. R. Enright Co., Chevy Chase (654-1700).
Emerson air conditioner, model 7LJ7E, 7000 btu's per hour cooling capacity -- $319 at A&A Appliance in the District (723-3315).
Amana air conditioner, model 5P2SPMR, 5100 btu's per hour cooling capacity -- $239 at A&A Appliance in the District (723-3315). Ceiling Fans.
Casablanca ceiling fan, model 14777, 52" blade sweep -- standard blades, brown finish -- $161 at Fan Fair in the District (244-7615).
Supreme ceiling fan, model Mark VIII, 42" blade sweep, brown finish -- $54 at Acme Stove Co., Bowie (262-3930), Silver Spring (585-0240), Springfield (644-2288), Fairfax (385-3700).
Supreme ceiling fan, model Mark X, 52" blade sweep, brass finish -- $59 at Factory Showroom, Rockville (340-0430), Falls Church (534-0450), Jessup (301-799-5744), Gaithersburg (869-8000).
Gas Chain Saws Echo chain saw, model CS550EVL, 20" blade length, 3.4 cubic inch displacement -- $355 at Lanham Cycle and Turf, Lanham (577-9763).
Stihl chain saw, model 020AVSEQ, 14" blade length, 2.1 cubic inch displacement -- $300 at Lanham Cycle & Turf, Lanham (577-9763). (Limited quantity available.) Bicycles.
Bianchi 12-speed Stelvio bicycle -- $369 at College Park Cycles, College Park (864-2211).
Trek 12-speed 300 bicycle -- $265 at Metropolis Bike & Scooter in the District (543-8900). 35MM SLR Cameras Pentax camera, model K-1000-$110 at Evans, Rockville (770-6400), Arlington (892-2800), Alexandria (256-6700), Fairfax (425-9000), Manassas (631-2333).
Canon camera, model T-80 -- $280 at Embassy Camera Center in the District (483-7448).
If you feel a retailer has not met its commitments, Checkbook's editors would like to know. Write: Checkbook, 806 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. 1985, Center for the Study of Services