Okay i am a relative newbie and am going to put my flame suit now. i have a question and if it sounds stupid then just educate me.
why does everyone say support the LBS?
I see no point in supporting the LBS, when they try to rip people off.
I went to my LBS to buy a 2002 giant rainier last week and the owner will not go down on price. He said the best he can do is $20 off.
So the best he can do is give me 3% off a $700 purchase for a bike that is 1 year old.
That is ludicious, have he not heard of this thing called the internet.
I can purchase the same bike online for $100 off AND no tax.
To me LBS are ignorant and think that they are a monopoly around the neighborhood. He thinks that he is the only one that can sell me a rainier. no wonder his shop was empty.
If the LBS really wanted to stay in business, they have to think of a new business plan, they should focus more on selling many bikes at a reasonable price than to try to sell 1 bike a month on a high profit margin.
Someone please explain why i should pay more for the same item that can be bought with a click of a button and delivered to my doorsteps.