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Old 08-13-07, 06:17 AM   #26
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my wallet dictates where i shop
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Support your LOCAL BIKE SHOP.
Finally, a title to complete the Support your Local Sheriff and Support your Local Gunfighter trilogy. I wonder if they will drag out James Garner and make him wear spandex?
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Jeez, how do bars stay in business? I mean, I can buy a six pack of Fat Tire now for $8. Go into bar and they charge me $4 or $5 for a pint. Why in the world would I ever buy a pint at a bar or restaurant??

If a business is good at what they do and provide an atmosphere where customers feel it is worthwhile to spend extra on a product they could have at home for 1/3 the cost, then more power to the business.

Why should an LBS be any different from this basic model of service-based capitalism?

Great service in a great atmosphere = Happy Customer = Repeat Business, despite not being as cheap as online retailers.
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Old 08-13-07, 08:12 AM   #29
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Jeez, how do bars stay in business? I mean, I can buy a six pack of Fat Tire now for $8. Go into bar and they charge me $4 or $5 for a pint. Why in the world would I ever buy a pint at a bar or restaurant??

If a business is good at what they do and provide an atmosphere where customers feel it is worthwhile to spend extra on a product they could have at home for 1/3 the cost, then more power to the business.

Why should an LBS be any different from this basic model of service-based capitalism?

Great service in a great atmosphere = Happy Customer = Repeat Business, despite not being as cheap as online retailers.
A lot of LBS are not good at what they do, and that is why i move on to ones that are. Those that are great at what they do, well they get my business (mostly wheelbuilding, becaus ei suck at wheelbuilding). There are some parts/stuff they dont carry or wont bring in, and i buy those online. i guess i should have said that before...my bad.
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When I need to purchase bicycle parts or accessories, I will give the locally owned LBS the first opportunity for the sale. I go to LBS because if they have the part or accessory in stock, I can personally inspect it versus a picture online, buy it for a few dollars more, have it the same day, and help support the local economy. If the LBS has to order the part or accessory, then I purchase it online, since my LBS ordering time can take up to 2 to 3 times longer. I do not support my LBS with shop labor, since I can do my own bicycle repairs, but when I am at the LBS and just for conversation, I ask how large the repair backlog is, and the usual reply on the length of backlog time ranges for 1 to 2 weeks, plus I constantly see large shipments of new bicycles that need to be assembled on their floor. So my LBS is doing good business, and is not hurting if I make an occasional online purchase.
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I DO support my local shops (one of which is Performance).

Folks, Bike Forums is sponsored by Performance/Nashbar. . .

Have we an obligation to support them. . .?
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When I need to purchase bicycle parts or accessories, I will give the locally owned LBS the first opportunity for the sale. I go to LBS because if they have the part or accessory in stock, I can personally inspect it versus a picture online, buy it for a few dollars more, have it the same day, and help support the local economy. If the LBS has to order the part or accessory, then I purchase it online, since my LBS ordering time can take up to 2 to 3 times longer. I do not support my LBS with shop labor, since I can do my own bicycle repairs, but when I am at the LBS and just for conversation, I ask how large the repair backlog is, and the usual reply on the length of backlog time ranges for 1 to 2 weeks, plus I constantly see large shipments of new bicycles that need to be assembled on their floor. So my LBS is doing good business, and is not hurting if I make an occasional online purchase.
Unfortunately some parts are almost 2x or even 3x more than online prices - sorry no can do. I'm not a money tree. That's not to say I won't buy stuff from my LBS. I just won't buy it if there really is a much better deal to be had out there.
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