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02-12-2014 12:31 AM
twowheeled what I don't understand is why shops even keep their boots in the back, why not stack the boxes underneath the display, if you know what you want, you walk in and try them on and take them to the till. Everytime I try on boots at a shop I feel like I'm wasting the salesguys time and my own time because I have to ask "oh do you have this in a 9" and wait for him to run to the back to check, and bring them out. and if they don't fit "oh how about a 9.5, can I walk around in them for a few mins" etc . The entire time the dude has to stand over your shoulder asking dumb questions like "how do they fit" etc. Sure this makes sense for absolute newbs but imagine how much time it would save for people who know what they're looking for and how a boot should fit.
02-10-2014 06:47 AM
chomps1211 In the beginning, when I was utterly clueless and just getting started buying my gear, I spent a ton of time in places like REI and Boyne Mt. Sports asking lots of questions and checking out all kinds of gear! ( real dedicated board shops around here in SE. Mich.) I always ask if the salesperson is on commission. If they are, I get their name and schedule so when I am finally back in there to make the purchase, they get the commission on the sale. I do this with other gear/equipment purchases as well. Usually electronics and computer stuff, also any other outdoor gearI'm buying! Anything really that requires a fair amount of research to make sure I'm getting the the best/appropriate stuff for my needs!

I never did it for long, cuz I was a LOUSY salesman! But, If you've ever worked on commission? You know just how hard it is to see that sale walk out the door knowing that someone else will probably collect the easy sales check when that person does come back to buy!!!

Once or twice I've had the salespeople comment that they really appreciated that I took the trouble to search them out when I returned so they would get credit for the sale!
02-10-2014 01:01 AM
Varza I don't like to try on boots when I know I won't (can't) buy them. Since my budget is so limited, I always look for the best deals anyway. But I am always clear about this with the shop people and only try out one pair that I am really interested in, and they've always said "ok, no problem".

Now, when I got my new boots the other day (FINALLY, boots that fit right! I was in heaven), the guy at the shop mentioned how he likes to try out a bunch of boots when they come out each season to see which would fit him best. Now, of course, he can do this, since he works at a shop, and I said as much. Then I mentioned how I can't do that because I would feel really bad wasting the shop people's time when I know I'm not buying right then. To which he says "hey, a couple of hours of our time for you to be comfortable for many days on the slopes, not a big deal". Cool shop guy, yes? But I'd still feel bad.
02-09-2014 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by slyder View Post
As BA and you said and I never thought of. A little cash on the side can never hurt and no way would this be inconsiderate.
A great gesture in this situation!!! Again BA calls it !!

Make sure to post some pics/vids of your trip !
Yup! Me too! I feel kinda stoopid now that I didn't think of suggesting that myself! :facepalm: I tip my instructor, my mechanic when he doesn't find shit, (...and doesn't charge me for his time!) etc. didn't occur to me to tip the shop guy. DOH!

Definitely a class move!
The "Angry one," makin' friends and influencing ppl once again!
02-09-2014 09:06 AM
slyder As BA and you said and I never thought of. A little cash on the side can never hurt and no way would this be inconsiderate.
A great gesture in this situation!!! Again BA calls it !!

Make sure to post some pics/vids of your trip !
02-09-2014 08:50 AM
john doe MSO looks perfect since we are staying at the Super 8 in Dillion. We're probably also going to have a rental car so getting to Lumberyard won't be a problem either. I'm a person that believes in tipping so if we get some good help some cash will be coming their way.
02-09-2014 06:37 AM
wrathfuldeity Once I found some boots online, went into the shop and said I found these boots for a great price and just wanted to try the same size model to see if they fit....the shop gal said no problem and said she'd do the same thing...took me 5 minutes and did buy them online. However I do buy a fair amt of stuff from a splitboard and afterburners.
02-08-2014 11:32 PM
snowklinger Go to a store at keystone (and only keystone) and waste as much time as possible.



02-08-2014 11:18 PM
2hipp4u MSO does have a huge selection of gear and the people I have met there are always way cool. Let them know your situation, maybe you could make a deal and have it shipped later. If your going to take up their time at least buy some gloves or wax or something.
02-08-2014 10:31 PM
BurtonAvenger Honestly man if you want the best boot selection and a cheap price swing into MSO (Mountain Sports Outlet) in Silverthorne. Nivek works there he knows his shit. If you're looking for aftermarket footbeds go to the Lumberyard in Breck they still have a bit of a selection left and I believe the re-order should be in soon.

I will say this though be up front about boot fitting. NO ONE up here wants to have their time wasted by some ass hat who will buy online later. I would suggest throw them a five spot if they really give you some solid advice and go through the whole fitting procedure with you. Doesn't seem like a lot but it will make their day.
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