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talk about a captive market

Old 12-26-12, 04:23 PM
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talk about a captive market

Went looking all around my region for S-works shoes in my size either 2012's or 2013's. Nada, nothing, special order only. Found an online retailer, one of the big ones, they have them in stock but could not sell to me due to Specialized dealer agreement. out of luck completely. I do understand the dealer agreement, especially when it comes to bikes but some accessories and clothing to me should be open (my opinion), especially since nobody in our region will commit to carrying inventory (also understandable I have 2 retail shops where I work that sell golf and ski footwear, I totally understand the cost to carry high priced, multi sized stuff biting your nails until you sell them).

The regional shops say they can special order but of course the style I wanted are no longer available since Specialized also wants to limit inventory.

I also find it strange that you can buy the shoes direct from Specialized but not one of their dealers. In this case since I really wanted that shoe I purchased the matt black version instead of the desired wht/blk which was not available in my size but was available through Bikebling

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Old 12-26-12, 04:36 PM
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I had the same problem finding the old style Avatar seat. (****ing Specialized discontinued & replaced it with an updated sucky Avatar!)
Your two choices are:
a) find a facilitator herein who lives near that shop that has them in stock who can buy them for you and ship them to you.
b) Check Ebay for an NOS example and be patient.

I just watch Ebay, Ebay.uk, Ebay.au, Ebay.nl, Ebay.be, etc. and they pop up once in a while. If you get lucky, you might even find the exact same shoe in a different color in one of the foreign markets.
I bought these Avatar test saddles from a foreign seller and they're completely unlike anything we have here in the US.


Except for the bar-tape, I now make an effort to boycott Specialized dealerships.
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interesting thanks! There was a pair new in box from 2012 on ebay a while ago let them slip through my fingers, don't want to buy used shoes. I never thought of looking at international sellers... is it tough to deal with the customs, extra charges?
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ps, love the saddles!
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My pleasure. Anything this small generally slips under the customs radar, but there's always the chance you might get stuck paying at the post office. Only thing I've ever had to pay extra on was a pair of wheels once. But I bought them for less than half of MSRP when the Euro took a hit while the Greek debt crisis was splashed all over the news, so paying an extra $13 at the post office was almost a pleasure.
Kinda fun riding around with these saddles, making everyone think some Smooth Criminal swiped them from a Specialized dealer.
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suffering from a little buyer's remorse, somebody who has these shoes please tell me they were worth every penny and are one of the most comfortable shoes they've had. FWIW I'm coming off a pair of 8 year old average quality Shimano's
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Did you already buy them? If so, stick some cleats on there and go for a ride... I'm sure they'll be a huge upgrade over your meh Shimanos...
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yup bought them online through specialized yesterday shipped so should be here in a few days. We're covered in snow so first few rides will be on the trainer. That's what bothered me the most was that I was able to get them from Specialized online and settled for different color vs. one of their retailers who had what I wanted but was not allowed to ship them based on their dealer agreement.

Still I'm hoping they were worth the money, I'm sure they will be.
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
suffering from a little buyer's remorse, somebody who has these shoes please tell me they were worth every penny and are one of the most comfortable shoes they've had. FWIW I'm coming off a pair of 8 year old average quality Shimano's
Don't fret! They are awesome (barring fit issues, of course).
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