I heard a rumor that REI is opening up a store in Flagstaff next month... wow... bold move...
The junk at the REI in Tucson is pretty expensive compared to some other places, or evenly priced in some cases. Those mom and pops up there must be really expensive.The shell has been done for a while, so they're probably fitting it out right now. It's amazing how quick they put it up.
Peace Surplus, Babbit's, and all the other overpriced mom n pop places are probably sh*tting themselves. Adapt or die.
Everything is Flagstaff comes with the "Fu*k you! Pay more!" surcharge. REI isn't really a price competitive store, they never set out to be. REI sells service. I still have a year to return anything that I simply don't like, and if it actually fails, I can return it any time. Plus there's the 10% rebate. I look at it as getting the sales tax back.The junk at the REI in Tucson is pretty expensive compared to some other places, or evenly priced in some cases. Those mom and pops up there must be really expensive.
You really are not a Flagstaff local are you? Try shopping at Aspen Sports. They'll give you 10% off when you walk in the door. If anything, try supporting a local business unless it's beneath you.Everything is Flagstaff comes with the "Fu*k you! Pay more!" surcharge. REI isn't really a price competitive store, they never set out to be. REI sells service. I still have a year to return anything that I simply don't like, and if it actually fails, I can return it any time. Plus there's the 10% rebate. I look at it as getting the sales tax back.
so by "adapt or die" do you mean, take a super slim margin business and make it even more slim? do you think the owners of the local gear/bike stores in flag are living like kings? its not some big money business unless you start expanding.Peace Surplus, Babbit's, and all the other overpriced mom n pop places are probably sh*tting themselves. Adapt or die.
REI's selection of bike goods is really not comparable with a good shop. Their stock of parts, tires etc is akin to Performance. Yes they have stuff in a pinch and good hours, but its not an interesting or high end selection. They've got a decent clothes selection, but its pricey. Bike selection is limited, and while they do have mechs you don't get a connection to the REI bike team like you would in a small store. In that regard, I really don't see them as competition for the LBS. So this is not a good comparison.I like REI for buying things that have a risk of failing/breaking. They have a remarkable return policy... Also, they have great hours too. if you need an item on Sunday or late hours, you have that option.
The bike shops in Phoenix don't seem to have a problem with REI being around... We'll see about Flag
And, they'll take back hammerfvcked products I decide didn't last long enough for my money and taste. Not to mention the copious milf action they have going on.REI is good for most communities. Their stewardship programs along with money they spend in every community they are apart of is unlike most businesses. REI is not just a what most of you think as a high priced "junk" store. Not only do they partner with some of the biggest names in outdoor products and have exclusive products from companies like The North Face, Marmot, Mammut just to name a few.
Granted they're on floor selection of bikes is mid to low end, but anything in the lines they sell can be special ordered...so yes you can get a carbon Trigger with XX1 at REI and still get your dividend on it. Not to mention that I'd put their wrenches up there with any shop.
You speak as if you live in Flag which we all know you don't from a previous thread where you blasted someone from Tucson saying that you live in Phoenix.all that is available currently in flag...no? Do we really need another store carrying more North Face products?
There wrenches are mediocre at best and they charge you for everything little thing done on a bike....not to mention they are not down with the "green discount" Will not be getting my business.
Yes, that's a DB thing to do. One of the reasons REI changed their return policy last year. Not what my point is though. I am saying is that at REI you can buy with confidence that if you spend $200 bucks on a pair of hiking boots and you hike the Canyon and find that they really fit like **** in the real world. You can take them back and get a different pair or your money back. Nothing DB about that!Im not some douche that buys something, uses it and then thinks its ok to return and get a refund....wtf is wrong with people?
Fixed it for you.It's not about whether it's currently there or not. My point is that Walmart is not a bad thing for a community. They support every local community they are in.
Yes, you can find almost everything in Walmart cheaper somewhere else. But try buying a LED TV or bulk underware somewhere else, use them for a month and try and return them for whatever reason...good luck!