Michigan Mountain Biking Association
calfzilla, aka KeithRiege wrote:As a LBS owner, I have a few comments. I agree that over paying for things is not wise unless your rich. Sure there are some great internet deals but a deal on something just because it's cheap and not exactly what you want isn't really a deal. Some have posted that accessories and tools are "twice as expensive at the LBS', I think this is an exaggeration. I sell a Park tools for the same price as mail order and they are in stock, we can instruct you how to get the best use out of it and make sure that you don't need another tool for correct adjustments. We, like other LBS's offer to match pricing and quickly order items that are not in stock. On most special orders, we will be able to have the item in 2 or 3 days. One post mentioned an item not in stock at the LBS so they went home and ordered it via internet. My question is, couldn't the item have been ordered at the LBS and picked up in the same amount of time? Supporting your LBS helps your community from being run down with vacant store fronts and keeps your property values up, keeps tax dollars coming back to the community for parks and trails, schools, road improvements etc. This helps your city to be a place where goods and services are available when you need them. I try to buy my gas, eat at restaurants, and shop in my neighborhood to keep my money local where it can do some good where I live, not CA, WA or wherever. I understand that there are some shops out there that are expensive and they are not interested in competing for your dollars but I am NOT one of them, and there are others. I value my customers and want your business. Give your LBS a chance to earn your business and I think (hope) you will be pleasantly surprised.
Eric_Malzahn wrote:My next bike will most likely come from an out of state/internet store. Why? No one in Michigan sells Yeti and Titus. I foresee myself driving to Speedgoat in Pennsylvania to "kick the tires" and to take a short spin on these bikes.
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