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Old 04-19-11, 11:07 AM   #1
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Do you pay MSRP for a bike?

I'm looking at Specialized Hardrocks and Rockhoppers. The LBS quotes me MSRP. Is thay what you pay for a new bike?
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Old 04-19-11, 11:14 AM   #2
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It depends.

I paid MSRP for my recumbent. I got a good deal on my LHT.

Many bike shops won't sell under MSRP unless they have old inventory that won't sell. That was the case with my LHT. There are many Specialized dealers. Have you shopped around?
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Old 04-19-11, 11:36 AM   #3
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I have been finding about 5-10% less than msrp is possible, with steep discounts in the late Fall/Winter. I got $300 off my LHT.
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I have been finding about 5-10% less than msrp is possible, with steep discounts in the late Fall/Winter. I got $300 off my LHT.
Yeah, I should have thought about season. I got my LHT in January. That certainly helps. I bought my 'bent from a different shop in July.
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Yeah. . you can get by with less than MSRP between October January, usually, but not overly so. But margins are so tight anyway, there's not much point in pushing / haggling.

I never do. . unless it's a shop built / second hand / consignment or obviously old.
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Old 04-19-11, 04:33 PM   #6
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I have a favorite LBS (Milltown Cycles). Small two person operation with more knowledge and service than I could possibly use. I pay what they ask. This may sound dumb to some especially since I can avoid sales tax if I use the web. My reason? Service service and service. I want my LBS around when I need them and the only way to ensure that is to support them.
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I never paid less than their asking. Just dumb on my part really. As for how much? I buy the most expensive bike I can afford, and a bit more. Figuring it will last for at least 10 years, she needs to be the best bike I can afford. I never regret good quality.
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Old 04-19-11, 05:25 PM   #8
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I haven't paid MSRP, but I pay what the shop asks. I end up buying my bikes at the end of the season getting one from the previous year. Last October I picked up an 09 bike, and when they are getting to that stage the shop often cuts the price just to move the inventory.
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Seldom pay MSRP...but I have been dealing with the same shop for over 30 years, have purchased over a dozen bikes and quite often take leftovers. Also buy a lot of vintage stuff, usually for less than what it sold for new 25 years ago

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Nope. Plenty of Specialized dealers so go to a few and ask what they can do. If they won't discount the price, see if you can get them to throw in pedals, shoes, helmet, etc...
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Yes and no. I buy from two bike shops, one in MA and one in NH. In NH I pay MSRP, but there is no sales tax. In MA, my LBS charges less than MSRP but with the sales tax the prices come out about the same.
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Heck no, I work in a shop and pay wholesale. You don't wanna know how much lower than MSRP that is, ignorance is bliss.
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Places like Performance Bike send me e-mails advertising greatly reduced bikes. They don't have Rockhoppers, but they do have bikes that I would consider. Ever buy those off the internet?
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They have six stores in your state. Go look at their stock. They usually have good deals going on.
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Get some quotes from other dealers in your state and go back to your dealer. If they won't match the lowest, ask if they can come close...
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Get some quotes from other dealers in your state and go back to your dealer. If they won't match the lowest, ask if they can come close...
Have done a little shopping. Prices range from $720 to $880 for the same bike!
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I bet you could find it for $699
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