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Forum: Road Cycling 02-06-13, 09:55 PM
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Posted By oldbobcat
Why these days I'd rather sell shoes than bikes....

Why these days I'd rather sell shoes than bikes. Make someone's feet stop hurting on long rides and you become a friend for life. Specialized makes great-fitting shoes and those BG insoles are among...
Forum: Road Cycling 02-01-13, 09:15 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
Shops like that can do well in places like...

Shops like that can do well in places like Boulder and Plano, but for the rest of us . . .

In nearby Longmont there was a new shop in a strip mall at the edge of a lot of new development. They'd...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-31-13, 10:57 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
It's interesting that the brands that aren't...

It's interesting that the brands that aren't especially known for being exotic--Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Giant, Felt, etc--are very strict about protecting their prices and their...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 11:40 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
You're right, I got the cost and the margin...

You're right, I got the cost and the margin reversed. It s a $3000 sale that nets $1200.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 11:20 PM
Replies: 254
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Posted By oldbobcat
The $750,000 diamond necklace will still be worth...

The $750,000 diamond necklace will still be worth $750,000 next Christmas. That $8000 S3 that got test ridden a few dozen times will be worth $5000 a year later, and barely what we paid for it after...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 10:31 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
Although I'm primarily in service now, your...

Although I'm primarily in service now, your approach is one that I've always welcomed. It shows you've done some homework and you're ready to make a decision if the right one comes along, and then...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-28-13, 08:13 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
I'm saying that a shop knows its clientele, and...

I'm saying that a shop knows its clientele, and if it knows that it's a slim chance a customer will walk through the door looking for an $8000 bike, then it's pretty stupid to put an $8000 bike on...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-28-13, 03:09 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,381
Posted By oldbobcat
Good point. Except he gets paid for riding the...

Good point. Except he gets paid for riding the bikes, not the other way around.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-28-13, 02:44 PM
Replies: 254
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Posted By oldbobcat
Well, yeah, but the dealer pays $4000 for what is...

Well, yeah, but the dealer pays $4000 for what is essentially a lure to make a $3000 sale that nets him something like $1800. Frankly, I can't see him staying in business for long doing stuff like...
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