ok, I am building a fixie project, and I went to the shop to get a cog. I saw on sheldon brown that the cogs were around 20 bucks, so I'm like, ok, sheldon is a bike shop, the prices should match. So anyway, I went in, and they ordered me a shimano d/ace cog for 22 dollars. Before ordering though, we talked about the different brands, the other main one was surly, but he said it was 37. I didn't want to pay 37 dollars for a cog, and thats why I ordered the dura-ace cog.
Anyway, so thursday, they called and said that the d/ace cog was backordered like two weeks, and they might not have it for a month. They ordered a surly cog for me, and it was waiting at the shop for me with my name on it, if I wanted. there was no pressure to buy the surly cog. however, he did say that it was a 40 dollar cog. I declined, and said that I would wait for the dura-ace cog.
I'm a bit confused. why does the surly cog cost 40 bucks? this is USD, I live in maryland, this is not canadian or aussie bucks. I looked online, and the msrp is like 25 dollars. 25+5 dollar shipping is 30 dollars. so why is my lbs charging me 40? thats like twice the msrp w/ tax.
I have been happy with my shop for the past year or two, and the salesmen are really helpful, and I am happy that they went the distance and ordered me that cog. however, I think that this is just plain price gouging! I can get a whole cassette for 40 bucks! of course thats not what I want, just a price comparison. but still. When I go to the LBS, I do not expect a discount, however, I do expect to pay msrp. is there something wrong with that?
I know its just ten bucks, but I really feel like I am getting screwed here. do you think that they would bargian with me? I'd be willing to pay 30, which is the price that I'd pay online.
what do you guys think? am I being unreasonable?