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Old 05-29-06, 09:09 AM   #1
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Bargaining at the bike shop

Do you guys try and bargain when making purchases at the bike shop? I'm picking up a whole bunch of stuff later this week (bike, helmet, new camelback, shoes, computer..) and I am wondering if anyone has any tips/suggestions for getting a bit of a deal. Thanks for your help,
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Old 05-29-06, 09:16 AM   #2
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Do you guys try and bargain when making purchases at the bike shop? I'm picking up a whole bunch of stuff later this week (bike, helmet, new camelback, shoes, computer..) and I am wondering if anyone has any tips/suggestions for getting a bit of a deal. Thanks for your help,
If you buy the stuff from the same shop you are buying the bike, they probably will give you at least 10% off the gear, they could even give you up to 30% off...

I cant give you any advice on how to bargain, im terrible at that.
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Old 05-29-06, 09:51 AM   #3
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If you buy the stuff from the same shop you are buying the bike, they probably will give you at least 10% off the gear, they could even give you up to 30% off...

I cant give you any advice on how to bargain, im terrible at that.
I was shopping around for a bike for my girlfriend a week ago. I just got back from college so I havnt done much business with the bike shops around town, but I tried the one that was within walking distance of my house. They had good selection and were good people from other times I had been there over the last few weeks plus thier bikes were all below msrp! The girlfriend found one she liked (hardrock wsd) but when I asked about any same day discount which I had recieved from the shop that sold me my bike, they had the very practiced answer "since we sell the bikes so cheap we cant offer any discounts...". So, the camelback and other stuff will come from cheaper places.
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Just ask them what type of deal you can get if you buy all of the items you listed. They may say no but it never hurts to ask. And if you buy all of the things you have listed, you'll definitely get some sort of discount.
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Check out on-line prices for everything you plan to purchase, and let them know what the prices, with shipping, will be.
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I guess that depends on the shop. If they want your business, they'll match prices.
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Do you think I could get away with a bike if I brought lets say 1500 dollars, cash, with me to my lbs, if they retailed a bike there for $1800?
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Not anymore. Switch/credit card payments attract smaller bank fees nowadays - cash just doesn't have the bargaining power it used to. Unless you're crooked.
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Oh the other hand, I don't really think LBS make all that much $$ on the actual bike sale... it's the accesories, the upgrades, the replacement parts.
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Bike shops make next to nothing on bikes. I've seen 7 bike shop close in my city in the last 5 years. Thats about half of the bike shops that were here. And if there profit margin dropped by 5% I bet there would be only 1 or 2 shops left. Having a shop is a very tough business most don't last 3 years. And when people say they can get it online for cheaper I say "you should buy it". Most time they're back and I'm fixing what they bought so any money they save were spent to fix it.what they bought.
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My shop sells about $100 below msrp, and offer 10% off accessories up to 30 days after you buy the bike.
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I guess that depends on the shop. If they want your business, they'll match prices.

Truth.

I didn't even bring up the online price match to my LBS when buying wheels - and the manager said that he'd match the online price. Ended up with a very nice set of wheels for far below MSRP, and local service for 'em.
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