And from what I understand, Supergo does a pretty good job at ins tore merchandising and the like. Kind of like Foley's and Walmart, only the $$ end up at the same place...kitchenware said:I'm aware of that, but under the Supergo name, they stock more than just road and XC stuff.
I want TOP SHELF PARTS CHEAP. If I can get it cheaper on the internet.ignazjr said:And from what I understand, Supergo does a pretty good job at ins tore merchandising and the like. Kind of like Foley's and Walmart, only the $$ end up at the same place...
Lots of the "big" dept store type front range shops are more than a little scared right now. Supergo's biggest impact will be on customers that want the department store feel - lots of apparel, bright lights, etc. They're slated to be open in a week or two. It will be interesting to see how/if it shapes the local bike biz.
I think you've got the right attitude.36Cycleplane said:I do both.
Supergo is the Walmart of the bike biz and if you're down with that, more power to you.36Cycleplane said:....But wait! SALES TAX will add another $60 to the local deal, making it $110 more than mail-order. Speedgoat will get my business if Louisville Cyclery won't match. And that's when I have no sympathy for the LBS - you can either make SOME money off of me, or none 'cause of your stubborn greed. The LBS is at a disadvantage sometimes due to sales tax that out of state mail-order outfits don't have to contend with.
All I'm sayin' is - if it's close in price, give the LBS your biz or the opportunity to come close. If not, take the mail-order route. That's my 2 cents.
DWF said:I think it's pretty f'n harsh to say that if your bike shop won't match the price it's because of "stubborn greed." To truth of the matter is that depending on their overhead (and overhead in CO is high), then matching the price may well be a negative ecomony for them. It's not that they're only making a little money, it's that they're losing money. Operating at a negative ecomony is something a lot of folks just can't understand.
I'm not sayin' any LBS should lose money, but if you choose to make nothing over something then I stand by my claim of "stubborn greed". If it's not worth the time or hassle to make a few bucks - fine by me, I can understand that.
Your analogy of your CNC stuff is not really valid, because (duh!) I would never expect someone to take in the shorts just for little ol' me. My specific example from above makes my point because I know what the dealer cost is on the purchase, and the LBS would still make quite a handsome little sum for simply making a phone call and cashing the check.
There are a lot of crappy LBS out there, and just a few good ones. I just bought a full carbon road bike from my favorite LBS last week and got a smokin' price. I doubt they made much money off of the deal, but were willing to drop the price because I was honest about other options I was considering. Smart business -> one in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Remember that the main point of my post was really the same as yours - Support your LBS.
I'm mostly in the same boat. I enjoy going to look at the new rigs and parts, etc. I don't need them for service, and I can ALWAYS find a cheaper price elsewhere, when it comes to the Boulder shops.kitchenware said:You need a LBS, you don't need one... Blah blah blah.