Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: Do you pay MSRP?

Voters
62. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes I pay MSRP

    7 11.29%
  • No, I negotiate the price

    30 48.39%
  • LBS sells below MSRP by x percent

    28 45.16%
  • I only pay wholesale. (I am the LBS)

    5 8.06%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    228
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Do You pay MSRP?

    I guess this could make a interesting poll.

    The question I have is I am planning on buying a bent in 2006, an expensive one, and am wondering if I should expect to pay MSRP.

    Any thoughts?

    Comments?


    Have a Happy and prosperous New Year,

    hopefully it wll be better than the last one.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Posts
    613
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me it's all four. Sometimes I'll pay MSRP for certain items, sometimes I'll negotiate, sometimes the LBS sells lower than MSRP, and next season I'll be hoping to pay wholesale depending on how the sponsorship benefits go.
    TEAM ATROCITY
    goAtrocity.com
    Many thanks to these fine companies that support youth MTB racing!

    Fox Racing Shox - Hayes - Maxxis- SunRingle' - ODI- GU


  3. #3
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I try to never pay retail but am not adverse to doing so, esp. if a small shop has something I'd like and it's right there in front of me.

    My philosophy on how my dollars impact the local economy is much more than how little I have to spend for an item.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  4. #4
    The Other White Meat BroMax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Reno
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Sports 3 speed, Torker T-530
    Posts
    605
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My style would be to pay the asking price for the bike and to buy the other stuff I'll need at the same time and ask the dealer to give me a fair deal on the package. I don't need to save the last cent or I'd go to one of those megastores that are homogonizing and increasingly controlling our culture. Most dealers--bicycles, sewing machines, etc.--are willing to cut their margins on the extras if they can still make a fair profit. Hard bargaining turns the dealer and the customer into adversaries and it's a bad beginning if one wants to rely on the dealer for support. Nowadays, with the internet, it's pretty easy to get some idea of the market value of things. I think most retaillers recognize that a knowledgable customer will be able to recognize a price that falls outside a reasonable range.

  5. #5
    Senior Curmudgeon FarHorizon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Directly above the center of the earth
    My Bikes
    Kona Unit single-speed Frankenbike
    Posts
    3,508
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You left off the category I'd have preferred in the poll: "Yes, I pay MSRP but only sometimes." If I'm buying something from my favorite LBS, I'll pay MSRP because I want them to be in business next time I need them. On the other hand, the LBS folks who now know me as a "regular" often discount items just for me. I usually offer to pay full price - sometimes they say OK and sometimes they insist on having me take the discount.

    I also give the LBS my spares so they can pass them on to needy students and others who come into the LBS without being able to pay full prices. I'd say that I've given a half-dozen yard sale bikes and a carload of parts in the past year. The LBS was heavily involved with providing bikes to Hurricane Katrina victims, so I think my contributions were well used.

    Service and having inventory available when I need it are more important to me than the heaviest possible discount. I'm satisfied with the LBS and they treat me equitably.

  6. #6
    部門ニ/自転車オタク NomadVW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Yuma, AZ
    My Bikes
    2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2005 Specialized FSR XC Comp, 2008 Blue T16, 2009 Blue RC8, Fetish Cycles Road Bike
    Posts
    3,172
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I pay wholesale, but am not an LBS.
    Envision, Energize, Enable

  7. #7
    Airborne Titanium EricDJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    My Bikes
    Airborne Ti Upright, Raleigh M-20 beater, Peugeot Folding
    Posts
    952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I pay it on items not worth searching for better deals on

  8. #8
    Bike Junkie roccobike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR-C, Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 05 Rockhopper, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 97 Lemond
    Posts
    9,050
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just like others, I can't answer the poll given the options. I make it a point to watch the dollars I spend and try to buy items on sale. But when I need a tool, I want it now, and I buy it from the LBS at list price. I also buy at garage sales and to a lesser extent, off of ebay.
    Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator

  9. #9
    Senior Member CPcyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    Lemond Arrivee, Felt F1 Road, Tomac Revolver(full), GT race (hardtail)
    Posts
    1,645
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On a current season's bike except to pay MSRP or close to it. If it is older the shop may cut losses and sell below MSRP. Don't work them to hard but if they want more then MSRP go looking for another shop.

    For the most part I have a 10-20% discount on everything but bikes at the shops in town for belonging to one club/ health plan or another. It does pay to ask about this if you have several memberships. Also don't under value being able to walk out the door with your purchase rather then waiting days/week for it to show up in the mail box.

    To say it simply do your homework Google/the net is a great research tool use it.

  10. #10
    Senior Member slagjumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Down on East End Avenue.
    My Bikes
    Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
    Posts
    1,815
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've found a huge variations in price. One high end shop routinly charges more tha MSRP by 10-30 or even more. And they get it!.

    I've seen deeper discounts on bikes in shops that do more volume.

    The shop I deal with most, sells only parts, tools and accessories. I've got high end tires for 20% or less of MSRP. This guy buys out other distressed shops. He's got a lot of NOS. Not much highend bling.

  11. #11
    Humvee of bikes =Worksman Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    5,307
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    NO!! "I" don't pay full price for anything except when I dine out.

  12. #12
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I dont buy bikes from my LBS, or any bike parts. I buy lube, maybe some small bike parts, and cleaning supplies. For some of the lubes they charge msrp, and i pay it. But for most of the small parts their prices are fairly low. So Im okay with that
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Raleigh NC
    My Bikes
    Takara 10 spd, Felt F90, Felt Q720
    Posts
    358
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I paid msrp for both the new bikes I purchased last year at my LBS but always get a discount on everything else plus free service for life, NOT PARTS just service.
    2005 Diamondback Wildwood
    1976 Takara 10 spd
    2005 Electra Townie 7 (wifes)
    2006 FELT F90
    2007 FELT Q720 Hard Tail

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    1,180
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Paid full price for custom fitted calfee....worth every penny...

  15. #15
    '05 NUEser EJ123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    3,374
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How much would someone who works at a bikeshop pay for a 2000 dollor bike?

  16. #16
    Behind EVERYone!!! baj32161's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Burlington ON, Canada
    My Bikes
    '11 Cannondale Synapsese 5 105
    Posts
    5,902
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BroMax
    My style would be to pay the asking price for the bike and to buy the other stuff I'll need at the same time and ask the dealer to give me a fair deal on the package. I don't need to save the last cent or I'd go to one of those megastores that are homogonizing and increasingly controlling our culture. Most dealers--bicycles, sewing machines, etc.--are willing to cut their margins on the extras if they can still make a fair profit. Hard bargaining turns the dealer and the customer into adversaries and it's a bad beginning if one wants to rely on the dealer for support. Nowadays, with the internet, it's pretty easy to get some idea of the market value of things. I think most retaillers recognize that a knowledgable customer will be able to recognize a price that falls outside a reasonable range.
    BINGO!
    “A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”

    ― Bruce Lee

  17. #17
    Behind EVERYone!!! baj32161's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Burlington ON, Canada
    My Bikes
    '11 Cannondale Synapsese 5 105
    Posts
    5,902
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tightwad
    NO!! "I" don't pay full price for anything except when I dine out.
    Hence the screen name?
    “A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”

    ― Bruce Lee

  18. #18
    The Red Lantern Rev.Chuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Raleigh NC
    Posts
    5,967
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Depends on the item. For items in the store or through a regular order, at our shop, we pay cost plus 10%. Some items, like a bike can be "employee purchased" This is at a rate below wholesale and requires some proof that you are an employee of a store with an agreement to sell the product. I have worked for a shop since '94 and have EP'd only one frame in that time out of the 13 or so bikes I have had. Some I picked up used, some were not bikes we carried, some were in stock bikes that I paid cost plus ten on.

    When I buy non bike stuff, I just go in and pay the price they want, i get enough of that haggling crap at work, and don't want to lay it on someone else. Several of the places I buy from, small auto parts dealers for instance, give me the jobber price because I buy from them often and send business their way(T-Hoff, the best place for VW. BMW, Volvo. Loop road Auto Parts, best place for everything else, great machine shop. AutoSport Gallery, independent performance parts shop. Steve Ashworth, great engine builder. Quail Ridge Books, one of the few independent bookstores left, they can get anything. The Wine Merchant, they know wine.) There are many others, I would rather give them that dollar then hand it off to an onliner and have my local guys disapear.
    Are you a registered member? Why not? click here to register. Its free, and only takes 27 seconds!
    Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.

    I am in the woods and I have gone crazy.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •