Need to mail order 24" beach cruisers, any recommendations?
I left work this afternoon and called the LBS (been around 25 years and I have done business with them a lot) and they said they were out of stock on the 24" beach cruisers that were priced at 179.00 each. He said he had a different brand for 239.00 and had them in three different colors. I went in with my girls ready to buy and he pulled up the computer and said, "let me go back and see what we have, there are to many to choose from". He comes back and stated that he didn't have one of the three colors but said "look at this one, it's totally different than the others". My youngest smiled and said she liked it and he said, "this one is fancier and it is 289.00". I asked him if he would drop the price to 239.00 and he said no. I asked him to wait a minute and I was trying to sort out the color situation with the girls and he walked away, talked to a couple picking up a recumbent for about 15 minutes.
This was the manager (I belive it is the owner's son), they work on commission, and I told him that I would not be back, ever. As we were walking out the door, he said "have a great day" in a real punky tone. I will call the owner and let him know what happened in the morning.
OK, rants over and I want to get my girls cruisers asap as I know this is difficult to understand when you are young.
There are a number of mail order bike stores, do you all have recommendations for any particular internet store?
Are there any other shops in your area that you could go to?
EDIT: It appears that the Gloss is only 20". The 24" models start at $300. Of course, a year old model in a bike shop will run less than that.
Also, I found my 24" bike to be rather awkward. By the time I outgrew my BMX bike, I really could have fit a small 26" bike, but my parents went with the 24" which fit me for maybe a year. Just something to think about as your girls grow. You may be further ahead with the 20" bikes, and then a real adult sized bike that they can keep forever rather than a 24" which will be too bike for little girls (you never said how old your youngest was), and will be too small before they get their drivers licenses. (and give up cycling forever.... at least they will if they can't ride a bike because it's too small)
Last edited by manual_overide; 06-14-05 at 11:17 PM.
My youngest smiled and said she liked it and he said, "this one is fancier and it is 289.00". I asked him if he would drop the price to 239.00 and he said no....This was the manager (I belive it is the owner's son), they work on commission, and I told him that I would not be back, ever.
Explain again exactly why you think the price you were quoted on a new bike by your LBS should be negotiable?
For starters, the price on a lot of consumer goods are negotiable...if you don't ask you don't get it. Either you don't know this or you are a bike shop owner/employee
If you are licensed, do you pay sticker price for a car, motorcycle, ATV?
Apparently, a lot of people know this because they post how they receive accessories or they bought a certain bike because the LBS added accessories to the deal. Gee, ya think these accessories are free??? Same as taking dollars off the bike. End of year deals on bikes, if there isn't a mark-up on the bikes, they wouldn't discount them to move them out of the shop; or, this indicates they are able to drop the price (and lose money) to sell them.
I explained to the guy that jumping from 179.00 to 239.00 for two bike was a stretch but considering he had the model in three different colors I would stop by to pick them up. He said ask for him when I arrived. I know that this was not a "bait and switch" gig, it was pure lazy ass, sell a bike talk. He should have checked stock period.