So the other day I went back to my LBS to return/exchange my bike for the 2009 model. Over the phone, the salesperson said that they didn't have definitive pricing on the bike yet, but it will be $600 and above.
When I initially went to this LBS, they had been very informative in helping me pick a bike, and they were very patient and answered all my questions. So much so, that I felt comfortable with them and didn't shop around at other stores.
So anyway, I go in to exchange the bike and order the 2009 model. So the salesperson calls over a senior salesperson and explains to them what I want to do. The senior salesperson asks the salesperson how much the 2009 model is, to which the salesperson responds "we don't have an exact price, around $600". So the senior salesperson logs into their system, and reads out loud "MSRP is $600", then asks me if I'll pay the difference, and I said sure. I was just happy I'm getting the newer model.
But after leaving the store I thought about how other businesses (i.e. cars, retail) usually sell items below MSRP. And that the MSRP is just that, suggested retail price. But I'm new to this whole biking thing, so I wanted to see what other people on here think of this.
Do LBS's traditionally sell bikes at MSRP?