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View Poll Results: Does your LBS charge retail price or above for their bikes?
Yes. Always 5 22.73%
Yes. Most of the time. 9 40.91%
No. My shop is always less than retail. 8 36.36%
No. Occasionally i'll see a bike priced at retail or above. But generally not. 0 0%
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Old 09-09-05, 08:39 AM   #1
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Most of the retail prices are listed for bikes on the manufacturer's websites. This makes it very convenient for us to see if they are charging retail or giving a better deal.

My LBS, although it has improved drastically with new ownership, still charges retail for every single bike. What it says on the Trek site is EXACTLY what you pay, plus tax. I hate that! I live in a one LBS town and would love to buy local. But if i can save a couple hundred bucks by traveling out of town, i have to do it. (That buys a lot of groceries around my place.)

Does your shop charge retail for their bikes?


EDIT--------> I am asking about sticker prices. If your shop bargains and gives you a better deal that is fine. I am just asking what they mark the bikes at...is it marked above or below retail?

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Old 09-09-05, 08:48 AM   #2
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My experience is not so much the high pricing on bikes, its all the small stuff. Pedals, tools etc...that stuff is expensive, and many times the closeouts online are not reflected at the shops - example a few years back, I was looking to score a thudbuster seatpost and it was on clearance for 89.99 - three of the local shops had it at 169.99, same model year. I do support the lbs, buy the tee shirts and bottles etc..
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Old 09-09-05, 10:26 AM   #3
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I find it hard to support the LBS on some stuff. Sometimes it's great though.
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Old 09-09-05, 12:02 PM   #4
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Always more. Rent is to expensive here to give deals without negotiation
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Old 09-09-05, 01:35 PM   #5
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At iMartin by my house, I noticed the Treks were marked up, then put on sale at the prices listed on Trek site.
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Old 09-09-05, 06:55 PM   #6
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I usually offer to pay retail - they often charge me less.
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always less. not a lot, but less.
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Shop online and save money.
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My shop is always less. Also accepts credit cards without a surcharge which a lot of shops here don't do.
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Shop online and save money.
You should always support your LBS because when you need that repair done same day or that replacement part fronted instead of waiting for warrenty your LBS is the one that is going to be there for you not some stupid online shop! IMO
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Old 09-10-05, 08:26 PM   #11
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My LBS sells his bikes bellow sticker but everything else retail and hardly has a sale. They get all service work everything else I buy online or at REI.
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