Hitachi Split A/C Sold Online- A Question

I'd like to know if anyone has had experience with the RAS09UH selling for around $550-$650 online. For this price you get the condenser, the evaporator and a remote control. Some have said that price is impossibly low, but it does seem to exist as I have seen them on several websites.. I guess all you would need would be things like the tubing, but that might be included as well. I was hoping to be able to find this product locally, thus saving the shipping cost. So I called Hitachi and asked for a distributor in New England. They gave me the number of a company called Soleus International. They told me they are only sold online. I thought this was a bit odd for a big company like Hitachi not to have local distributors. Anybody heard of this being done commonly? Help much appreciated! Frank .
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On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 20:51:27 GMT, frank1492

My Samsung mini-split system was $1200 as I recall, so $600 is not impossibly low depending on the size. I looked into buying it online but I found reports that you need some special tools and knowhow to evacuate the air from the system during installation. Other than the evacuation it probably isn't too hard to DYI.
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What is the BTU of your Samsung? The Hitachi is 9000 I believe.
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On Fri, 23 Apr 2004 02:47:32 GMT, frank1492

If I recall correctly mine's 18000 BTU (1.5 Ton). It might even be 24000 but for some reason I don't think so. I'm remodeling my den right now and I don't know where my docs are but I could look at the unit in the morning.
Just did a quick check on some internet prices. Looks like the 9000 BTU Samsung is around $1200. I think mine must have been closer to $1600 or $1800. I see those Hitachis are going for ~$500 or so. Sure is tempting. My den is upstairs and it gets uncomfortable in the Summer. I've been kicking myself for not getting a 2-zone system and splitting it between the garage and the den. I could pick up the Hitachi as a supplement for my central air in the den.
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