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Old 07-29-2014, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They closed the Bellevue location back in June, which I had kind of been expecting for a few years. Then come to find out they closed completely, meaning the Seattle flagship store and online sales over the weekend. Really bums me out that a core shop that has been such an institution here is gone for good. Sure I love Evo too, but from a consumer perspective I wonder how this will effect competition in Seattle. It's mostly emotional though, since I've been hitting up Sno*Con since they were down by the pier and I had no money to do anything but window shop and maybe buy some wax or socks. Later on it was always nice to be handed a cup of whatever they have in the keg in the back while you're trying on boots.


Few articles on it if you're interested:

Snowboard Connection's John Logic on closing - Shop-Eat-Surf.com
http://www.yobeat.com/2014/07/28/wha...the-core-shop/
SnoCon Done: A Northwest Institution Closes
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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online sales are killing the industry all over the place, very sad to see it happening.
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Oh my, I recently just bought burton pants from them at 70% off too. They were pretty good and fast with shipment.
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Retail Darwinism is the name of the game. Snowboarding made its bed and now has to sleep in it. No one wants to address the problems, they just want to point fingers and stick their head in the sand.
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Well that sucks to hear. I have only been to that shop since they moved across from REI. Online sales causes another casualty.
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While I fully understand the "Price" driven nature of shopping online, There is a lot to be said, (…and missed) about being able to sit in a brick & mortar. Hold the goods in your hands! Talk gear, trips, technique, last big on snow success or fail, whatever with a knowledgeable shop guy/gal!!!!!

I'm afraid that will ALL be gone sooner than we think!
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Unfortunately there aren't many intelligent shop people anymore.
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Unfortunately there aren't many intelligent shop people anymore.
Well,.. there is that also!
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Sno*Con was one of the good core shops, again from a consumer perspective. Snowboarding in the Winter and Wake/Surf in Summer. They carried quality brands at a range of price points and had great selection of both hard goods and softgoods. They def had the best selection around for women's hard goods and men's/women's outerwear. The only thing that was subpar was their streetwear and shoes. Staff was all knowledgeable and friendly, very little of the typical elitism you get at some core shops like I've seen in CO and SoCal. They price matched, had some good sales, no hassle returns on unused gear, and a good tech shop in the back too. I've paid them for repairs as much as they've hooked it up with miscellaneous parts.
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While I fully understand the "Price" driven nature of shopping online, There is a lot to be said, (…and missed) about being able to sit in a brick & mortar. Hold the goods in your hands! Talk gear, trips, technique, last big on snow success or fail, whatever with a knowledgeable shop guy/gal!!!!!

I'm afraid that will ALL be gone sooner than we think!

I know where you're coming from, unfortunately hand flexing a snowboard isn't much of an indicator for it's on snow performance. If my local shop demoed more boards and I could walk away knowing I got just what I wanted, I would have no problem spending that extra $100 to $200 I save online. $400-$500 is a lot of cash to throw down on an untested product where if I find a good deal online I know I can turn around and sell it on eBay with little to no loss. I'd love to support local business but not at that cost.
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