Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, The Professor, who notes that Radiwow is offering free and half-price units to consumers willing to review their R-108 receiver. All of the details are on the Radiwow R-108 product page at AliExpress.
Here’s a copy of the statement:
Are you still struggling to find a cost-effective radio? Now the FREE opportunity is coming!
Recently ,our store have launched a RADIWOW® R-108 Radio which has great sound quality, selectivity and sensitivity .R-108 Radio is a good world receiver with great FM Stereo/LW/SW/MW /AIR/DSP. It will start selling on January 30, 2019.You deserve it!
We are looking for 20 people from Japan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, France to test and write an unbiased and honest review for our latest radio.
In addition, we need friends from Spain, Italy, France to help us translate R-108 English user manual into Spanish, Italian and French.
In all top three users who apply for the test will enjoy the radio for free, and the 3-20 will enjoy it at half price. Please indicate in the subject when contacting us: your country; product model; leave review or translate user manual.
Click here to read this statement on the Radiwow R-108 product page.
Please comment if you’ve successfully ordered a unit under this program. I’m currently evaluating the R-108 here at SWLing Post HQ.
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Does anyone speak Russian? This fellow has the model beside the Tecsun.
Here is a link to my initial review of it. REALLY like this radio:
Holy crap! The price of this radio is absurd. No, I am not talking about the initial $1000.00 USD price tag. The Aliexpress page for this radio has just now changed price and the price is $166.00 USD.
$166.00 USD for a downgraded XHDATA D-808 with no SSB. I thought this was supposed to be a competitor to the PL-310ET since it doesn’t even have SSB function. For $166 USD, you might as well go with the PL-880.
Edit: It looks like the price on the AliExpress page changed for a second time to something more reasonable. The radio is now priced at $49.98. It looks like Radiwow changed the price to $166.60 originally so that they can then slash off 70% of the price in order to advertise it as a sale.
Do note that almost all factories and warehouses in China will close around the 26th of January and not reopen for two to three weeks for Chinese New Year. The idea that they are going “start selling on January 30th,” seems highly unlikely.
That thought had occurred to me as well. Everything sort of comes to a halt for Chinese New Year.
Well… I do understand that they raise the prices wildly just to prevent people from ordering. I think the D-808 was $2000 before the release date? Anyway… they want 20 people. Three people will be picked for free. How they pick those three? Who knows. The other 17 will get the radio at half price. That’s great except right now that half price would be $500 with a $3.00 coupon. I wouldn’t commit to anything until I know the actual price. Given the fact it doesn’t have SSB it should be in the $45 price range I would hope.
I’ve offered my services – the least they can do after my D-808 developed an audio fault in Brazil! 73! Clint
They should indeed!
$1000? Is that US$ or…? At least there’s a $3 off coupon and free shipping.
Ha ha! No–it’s not really $1K of course. AliExpress retailers often set the price super high while they’re making their first production run to ship. I think it’s an odd practice. I suspect this radio will cost around $50 or less, but that’s just a guess.
hi thomas what about longewave in this little receiver ?
I’m checking this as well and will report.
The price of the radio has now changed from $1000 to $166.60 on AliExpress. RIP…No one is going to be buying this radio for $166 USD when it doesn’t even have SSB.
Also, any date on when you will released your review on this new radio? I’m now curious as to its performance to justify the $166 USD price tag.
Edit: The price of this radio changed again. It is now 70% off $166.60 USD which is $49.98, which is a lot more reasonable for a radio with no SSB.
I’m in! Well, I’ve sent an email. And I name-dropped SWLing after-the-fact, with apologies, Thomas.
$1000 US Dollars without discount?!?