I haven't gone to a box store for a bicycle in years, I can't even remember the last time. I own 2 Treks, 2 Raleigh's and a Miyata. My wife has 2 Treks, oldest daughter has a Raleigh and a Trek, son has a Trek, 2 Diamondbacks and a Raleigh, and my youngest who still can't ride at 6 has a passed down Specialized Hotrock from her older sister. I can't find training wheels for the Hotrock, so we decided to try a cheapo bike until she gets more comfortable on a bike to try without training wheels.
Yesterday we were in Toy R Us and my daughter sees an ICarly Huffy. It was 99.99 and 10 more for assembled. I figured well why not how bad can it be. I took the unassembled bike home as it would've been Monday night till they could put it together. I tried to put the wheel on, the first step, and I fiddled with it for an hour until I realized that you could not get the wheel on no matter what you did. The fork was bent, and bent pretty bad. It was at least an inch off. So I drove the 25 miles back up to TRU and got another one, I opened the box right there to check it and sure enough that fork was bent too, although at a different place. So I bought the floor model and took it home. This morning I went out to put the training wheels I bought on it and the threads on the rear axle stripped as I was putting the training wheels on. If I would have just went to one of the LBS' in my area I could have saved alot of time and gas. They already come assembled with the training wheels put on already or while you wait all for 50 dollars or so more.
I guess this is just a lesson learned, but I should have known better. Oh well sorry for the long post, I just had to rant a little as I am still pretty miffed about the whole situation. I should have gone to the Trek dealer right off the bat.