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Old 02-08-2014, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my friend will need new boots for next season. We have nearly nothing for selection in St. Louis. We will be in CO a couple weeks and will have a rest day to do some shopping. Here's the problem. There is no way my friend can afford new boots right now but we want to take advantage of the selection to find the right ones. Is it douchey to go there just to try on stuff with zero intention of buying it. I will be buying stuff but not the worth of boots. Probably some base layers and socks and stuff.
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Personally, I feel if the salespeople are on commission, and you monopolize their time with a ton of questions and advice, without any intention of buying? Yeah, probably a little douchy!

If you, are buying anything at all, and you're friend is just having them go and bring out a few styles, sizes of boots,..? Or if the salespeople are not working off commission? I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wasting someone's time is a douche move
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Meh you gotta do what you gotta do, I say try em all on but dont hassle the workers, and you never know maybe they will have a sale or discount on a pair of boots that fit.
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Just be up front with them. "Hey I'm not ready to buy right now, but you have such a bigger selection of boots than I have access to try at home. Would you mind if tried these on in size 27M to see if they'd work for me?" Of course, it helps if you have an armful of schwag from their store, and don't tie them up with several pairs of boots. I don't see the problem with a quick fit test or two. Who knows, he might find the perfect ones and whip out his credit card.
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Ask if it's possible to meet on line pricing. I know some of our local guys do this. I have no idea how high priced mountain shops are.
My tiny local hill has an ok-decent selection and in a pinch they really aren't overly raping someone.

Never hurts to ask.

Maybe someone can recommend a decent shop near where you will be riding that you could name drop and get a deal.
*** sorry not looking to call someone out here *** but BA did mention in a past post to go to a certain shop, ask for a salesperson by name and tell them BA sent them. I think that was awesome and I don't recall the out come but I'm sure it was positive.

Just a few possibilities, sorry but how can he afford a CO trip but not new boots? I know how tight money can get. I have been helped by others so not trying to throw stones by an means !!!
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I think if you are up front about not planning on buying the boots while there AND dont take up their time much with having them help you it is fine.

If you are going to do that hit the store up really early that day when there are likely fewer customers, if you go during the hours they are busy it is more douchey
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So my friend will need new boots for next season. We have nearly nothing for selection in St. Louis. We will be in CO a couple weeks and will have a rest day to do some shopping. Here's the problem. There is no way my friend can afford new boots right now but we want to take advantage of the selection to find the right ones. Is it douchey to go there just to try on stuff with zero intention of buying it. I will be buying stuff but not the worth of boots. Probably some base layers and socks and stuff.

Meh..

You gotta do what you gotta do, but it was always fucking irritating after spending an hour with someone and making sure they got the right fit, only to have them walk out after and tell me that they would "be right back" or that they were going to buy it online.

My advice would be to be up front and honest with the salesperson initially. Tell him the situation, and that you won't be buying boots, but want to try stuff on to see what fits. If someone tells me that, I'm totally fine with it and still want to help the person find the right boots. Especially if you're going to be buying some other stuff, it wouldn't be a huge issue. It's just a pain in the dick to constantly bring different models/sizes from the back, unlace them, fit them on the person, etc. only to have the person basically say fuck you and leave.
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Maybe help put the laces back in the boots nicely, help package them back up in the box so the salesperson doesn't need to do this and don't be angry or pushy if he puts you to the side if he ends up helping a person that would be buying new boots.

All good tips from everyone.
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Just be sensitive to the fact a lot of these places get irritated with "showrooming" stuff, which means people look and try stuff on there and buy online for cheaper. This is why some of the places around me are either downsizing or closing shop.

This might not be your intention, but it happens a lot.
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