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steventhegreat mikekazimer's article
Jan 8, 2013 at 3:23
Jan 8, 2013
steventhegreat mikekazimer's article
Jan 8, 2013 at 3:23
Jan 8, 2013
Pinkbike's Burning Question - Should You Support Your Local Bike Shop or Buy Online?
Having worked in Cycle shops for most of my adult life, this is a conversation I've had too many times to remember. At the end of the day, bike shops are not "jacking up" prices as some of the misinformed on here like to believe, we sell the products at the RRP. This is almost entirely down to the fact that the cost to us is much higher than online retailers. They are also not always buying their stock through the appropriate distributor...ever wondered why Thomson products from CRC come in a clear bag and not all the proper packaging? What they are often purchasing is just OEM equipment. Don't get me wrong, I understand the lure of the internet and have bought over the internet many times for items I can't find elsewhere. However as an employee in a LBS, the most insulting, rude (and unfortunately increasingly common) problem we are experiencing is customers who seek our free knowledge, want to find out what size bike or helmet they need, take up sometimes hours of our time with sizing and set-up and then casually slip in that they will be buying it on line, or worse, search for the product on line in front of you then demand a discount "because CRC/Wiggle are selling it for this". Discount is earned via loyalty, and will always be given to repeat customers, it is not given because "on-line says this". Of course I, like many if not most sales assistants in the trade do not work on commission, I am salaried, so realistically there is nothing but the satisfaction of someone buying the right bike and being thrilled to bits with it as a reward for me, I want to hear stories of the "first time I took it to Wales", that's enough to keep me doing it, I doubt most/any on-line retailers give a damn, whereas friendships are forged in a LBS, customers become riding buddies...
steventhegreat mikekazimer's article
Jan 8, 2013 at 3:19
Jan 8, 2013
Pinkbike's Burning Question - Should You Support Your Local Bike Shop or Buy Online?
Having worked in Cycle shops for most of my adult life, this is a conversation I've had too many times to remember. At the end of the day, bike shops are not "jacking up" prices as some of the misinformed on here like to believe, we sell the products at the RRP. This is almost entirely down to the fact that the cost to us is much higher than online retailers. They are also not always buying their stock through the appropriate distributor...ever wondered why Thomson products from CRC come in a clear bag and not all the proper packaging? What they are often purchasing is just OEM equipment. Don't get me wrong, I understand the lure of the internet and have bought over the internet many times for items I can't find elsewhere. However as an employee in a LBS, the most insulting, rude (and unfortunately increasingly common) problem we are experiencing is customers who seek our free knowledge, want to find out what size bike or helmet they need, take up sometimes hours of our time with sizing and set-up and then casually slip in that they will be buying it on line, or worse, search for the product on line in front of you then demand a discount "because CRC/Wiggle are selling it for this". Discount is earned via loyalty, and will always be given to repeat customers, it is not given because "on-line says this". Of course I, like many if not most sales assistants in the trade do not work on commission, I am salaried, so realistically there is nothing but the satisfaction of someone buying the right bike and being thrilled to bits with it as a reward for me, I want to hear stories of the "first time I took it to Wales", that's enough to keep me doing it, I doubt most/any on-line retailers give a toss, whereas friendships are forged in a LBS, customers become riding buddies...
steventhegreat mikekazimer's article
Jan 8, 2013 at 3:04
Jan 8, 2013
Pinkbike's Burning Question - Should You Support Your Local Bike Shop or Buy Online?
Having worked in Cycle shops for most of my adult life, this is a conversation I've had too many times to remember. At the end of the day, bike shops are not "jacking up" prices as some of the misinformed on here like to believe, we sell the products at the RRP or "MRSP". This is almost entirely down to the fact that the cost to us is much higher than online retailers. They are also not always buying their stock through the appropriate distributor...ever wondered why Thomson products from CRC come in a clear bag and not all the proper packaging? What they are often purchasing is just OEM equipment. Don't get me wrong, I understand the lure of the internet and have bought over the internet many times for items I can't find elsewhere. However as an employee in a LBS, the most insulting, rude (and unfortunately increasingly common) problem we are experiencing is customers who seek our free knowledge, want to find out what size bike or helmet they need, take up sometimes hours of our time with sizing and set-up and then casually slip in that they will be buying it on line, or worse, search for the product on line in front of you then demand a discount "because CRC/Wiggle are selling it for this". Discount is earned via loyalty, and will always be given to repeat customers, it is not given because "on-line says this". Of course I, like many if not most sales assistants in the trade do not work on commission, I am salaried, so realistically there is nothing but the satisfaction of someone buying the right bike and being thrilled to bits with it as a reward for me, I want to hear stories of the "first time I took it to Wales", that's enough to keep me doing it, I doubt most/any on-line retailers give a toss, whereas friendships are forged in a LBS, customers become riding buddies... The on-line market is slowly stripping the UK market of local shops, and soon there will be very few places to pop into for a chat, a coffee and just chat bikes and riding stories...
steventhegreat parisgore's photo
Dec 8, 2012 at 7:09
Dec 8, 2012
meh.

Dec 8, 2012 at 2:42
Dec 8, 2012
Selling
Dec 8, 2012 at 2:38
Dec 8, 2012

BRAND NEW 'ODI Ruffian' Style Yeti Lock-On Grips

$10 GPB
BRAND NEW 'ODI Ruffian' Style Yeti Lock-On Grips, Still in Plastic. These came supplied with my new Yeti SB-66 Build Kit, however I am running other grips and have no use for them. They would make the perfect gift to any Yeti Fan, or finishing touch for any Yeti Bike. £10.00 + £3.50 Postage

Added 4 photos to Thomson-Elite-X4-Stem-For-Sale
Dec 8, 2012 at 2:26
Dec 8, 2012
Selling
Dec 8, 2012 at 2:23
Dec 8, 2012

BRAND NEW Thomson Elite X4 70mm x 0 Degree Stem

$60 GPB
Thomson Elite X4 Stem. 70mm x 0 Degree Rise. Fits 1 1/8 Steerer and 31.8mm (Oversize) Handlebar. Brand New in Packaging. This stem was supplied with the build kit for my bike, however I am using the 50mm version of this Stem and have no other need for it. Retail on this item is £79.99, so grab yourself a bargain. Will post via recorded delivery for an additional £5.00

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