I think Lion Country is very reliable, and has low prices I would purchase from them again. I had to send a product back and I had a dead battery in another product- no problems.
Roger Sporting Goods can have the lowest prices, but selection is limited.
I have pointers and hunt a lot of heavy cover and need a beeper collar. The LCS Bird Dog Trainer price is very tempting. At least $110 cheaper than the next beeper/remote/training collar. I 'm on my third, AND LAST, LCS bird dog trainer. Here is why:
1. The beeper went out on my first collar after several years. Right after I bought the third collar... the beeper started going out on my second collar after only a couple years.
2. They're a pain to program. It does take the manual to program these collars. Make sure you keep the manual if you buy one.
3. They are not rechargable, and the batteries are not cheap. Sounds like how often you hunt you would need a new battery each year in the receiver and transmitter.
4. Each time you replace the battery on the receiver, you have to reprogram the receiver.
Also, The Sportdog 2500 and the LCS are not in the same class. The 2500 has a mile & 1/2 range. while the LCS has a 1/2 mile range. Also, you'll have to add a beeper to the 2500, while the LCS comes with a beeper.
I think the next cheapest option is to go with a Sportdog 400 $159 to $179 and add a Sportdog beeper $119= $308. I beilieve the 400 is expandable to three dogs
I think the best quality collar of up to 1/2 mile is the Tritronics Sport Upland G3 EXP Collar @ $369