Does Your Local Bike Shop Offer Any Kind Of Discounts. Or Price Matching?

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  1. asuewrowt

    asuewrowt New Member

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    I will admit to being frugel, or as some like to say cheap. That a big deal, just a personal trade I grew up with, and never grew out of.

    I get the email alerts from Performance, Nashbar, and a few other place. As I try to buy stuff at a good, or sale price.

    Local bike shops don't get much of my hard earned dollars, because most near me offer no discounts.

    Yes I understansd it cost dollars to operate a bick & mortor location. But I also understand a lot of the internet sales sites can deliver goods, before the local guy can order it, and have it on their door step.
     
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  2. Uawadall

    Uawadall Well-Known Member

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    I bought most of my bike stuff at my local bike shop and not for some mobile reasons. They are:

    1. Cost-Honestly, the cost for most of the stuff isn't terribly different than online. Also, the owners will work with you to help install it if you buy it there.

    2. Fit-I'm a lanky guy, 6'4" and 165-170 pounds. Its very hard to buy stuff online unless I'm use to the brand. I can't buy jerseys online because I like them form fitting, not way too tight, and definitely not baggy, they also must be the correct length.Also, every brand sizing is different. A Sugoi medium can be the same as a Pearl Izumi large.When it comes to shoes, I have thin,long feet. I had to try on three pairs and the one that finally fit were a size 14, I wear 13 with normal shoes. If I'd bought them online, many shoes would be sent back.

    3.Patience-I'd rather pay $5 more than wait a few days to get something. If I want to ride on the weekend, I want the gear that weekend.

    4.Supporting the community- Again, I'm not that unselfish,but its good to help out the guy who can fix your bike if need be.

    I've bought backup tires, spare tubes, and a few other things online. The tires would have been twice as much in the store and its easy to find out the sizing you need. Never buy a new bike online, people are speaking the truth when they say fit and comfortability is everything.
     
  3. tarverten

    tarverten New Member

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    Nope. I'll pay the premium for most small stuff because 1) I like my LBS and I want them to stay in business and it's typically a manageable ~10% difference; and 2) if I want a small component, I don't typically want to wait 2-3 days on it. I'll buy my group sets online, however, as the disparity in pricing between online and brick and mortar is enough to shock the conscience: typically close to a 100% increase in price.
     
  4. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear New Member

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    Yes, but they will verify the price. If you're price matching something on the internet, they include next day shipping charges. For example, lets say the LBS has a tire for $60 and you find it on the internet for $45. They'll match the $45 plus whatever the next day shipping charge is.
     
  5. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    Most shops around here will match prices with other other brick-and-mortar shops, but not interweb-only. Performance and Excel are local. BikeTiresDirect.com is not.
     
  6. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature New Member

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    Bike shops operate on a very low profit margin. They don't do the volume that N and P do so they can't offer the deals. I still shop my bike shop first. I buy online if its something my bike shop doesn't carry.
     
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    thepieeatingjay New Member

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    A 10% discount on Accessories.. & 6 months of free service on new Bikes After the sale of new bikes .


    Its a seasonal Minimum wage Job for the most part , so Tip people who give you good service ..
     
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    I dont care who,s raking in the high margins, but when you can buy a $350 US retail carbon fiber handlebar for $35 delivered from China, then someone is basically stealing. Yeah I know it is probable a knockoff, but I DONT CARE. That they can ship it around the world for 10% of the cost of local retail says allot about what the reality is. Oh, and save the R&D cost BS, testing cost crap, and 20% weaker claim. Handlebar is very strong (I can't flex it), and plenty thick.
     
  9. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    And if it breaks, you're only out $35.
     
  10. kylerlittle

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    I wish. I've actually bought my bike through a local shop, it is very very expensive.
     
  11. Kakashi

    Kakashi Active Member

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    Well here bike shops are a little different, they don't offer price matching but they do have heavily discounted parts until it lasts in which if your quick, you would survey other shops which all have 1 or 2 sponsored items which are heavily discounted so what my friends are doing is if they need a part or assembling a bike they would visit 5-10 shops and buy all the sale items and if they're lucky they can assemble a bike in half the cost.
     
  12. treecko142

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    Yeah, our local bike shops offer sales on bikes and other items mid-year and every end of the year, so those are the times I look forward to when looking to buy new items.
     
  13. Kevin Abbot

    Kevin Abbot New Member

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    It’s kinda like cars salesman if you’re buying a bike over 1500$. I was offered a Trek Domane ALR 4 Disc for 1250 when it retailed for 1750 on Treks website. Got 100$ off from summer sale and a 400$ off from the owner who wanted to sell it soon. (It was new not used)
     
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