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Old 12-09-2012, 01:27 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Boy do we ever get raped locally. They asked 410$ plus tax ($460) for the new Flow nx2 GTs bindings. I got them online for $274.

When I asked if they price match I got laughed at, so how am I supposed to spend my money locally and support the local shops.

If it was a 20-50$ difference I could swallow the loss, but god damn it's $200.

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:39 PM   #212 (permalink)
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If it was a 20-50$ difference I could swallow the loss, but god damn it's $200.
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I agree with this, except I won't for instance go into a store, try on boots, find the right size, then buy online. If the store provides me a service like that, I consider it the cost of the service.

For Flow bindings, where I already know what size I need and what model I want, fukit.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #213 (permalink)
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I agree with this, except I won't for instance go into a store, try on boots, find the right size, then buy online. If the store provides me a service like that, I consider it the cost of the service.

For Flow bindings, where I already know what size I need and what model I want, fukit.
Up until last winter I have always made a point of supporting local shops. Then I had a terrible experience with North Shore Ski and Board where they lost a a piece of equipment that was taken back to them for warranty because this is the place I bought it from. They refused to do anything but replace it with an old used beat up replacement which I thought was piss poor as it was their wrong doing. So that experience combined with a dollar at par, substancially lower prices south of the boarder and a couple hr drive to Seattle has changed the way I shop. Since then I have purchased 4 snowboards, 5 sets of bindings and a pair of boots ( and lots of beer!!!!).

As donuts said above it is in poor taste to use the "Directbuy" way of doing business and take up peoples time and knowledge at a retail outlet only to purchase elsewhere.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:56 PM   #214 (permalink)
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What I don't get is that you can't tell me that a jacket costs more to be shipped to Vancouver than Seattle from China. They probably come from the same ship, land at the same port, distributed by same trucks.

Two weeks ago, I went to banana republic to buy a bridge coat. Robson store charges 310$ plus tax, online at the American side 250$ no tax, plus a 40% discount code. The Fuq? Like seriously.

Again, went to the boardroom sale last week, saw a sick airblaster jacket for sale, it was down to 199$ from 400$. I though, sweet deal.

Went on dogfunk, found it for 87$.

It's not about wasting anyone's time, or service, we simply get raped. You're telling me, someone's 30 minutes of blah blah, is worth 200$. Not to me, until they lower the prices, I'm not buying local anymore.

It's a free market.

We're not supporting local shops, but personal greed.

Do you know why cars are more expensive here than in the states?

Because Canadians are "willing to pay more", that's right, no reason at all, but because we're willing. Go look it up, that was a focus group question that car makers did to base their prices.
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A number of years ago, when the Canadian $ got close to the American $ (for the first time in a long time) people were asking why the Canadian car companies were still charging 20% more for the same car. Someone (I think it was the CEO of Volvo Canada, but can't be certain) said something to the tune of "because we can". Well, people started going across the border to buy cars. Various car companies (incuding Volvo) have taken steps to try to stop it, but it's like trying to keep a herd of cats away from tuna.

Nowadays, vehicle prices are coming down some plus the car companies offer all kinds of rebates and incentives that net out to a much better price. So yeah, I understand consumer revolts.
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I didn't mean to highjack the thread, just rant a little.

Back on topic.

Any good hikes one an take alongside a highway for some fresh tree pow?
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Boy do we ever get raped locally.
I'm rocking my new $60 jacket, $60 EG2.5s, $120 Boss390s this season and got it all local

Met up with some recently landed Kiwi's yesterday and they were a little blown away. Prices down there are RETARDED, hardgoods, softgoods and ticket prices. I'd count myself lucky here.... but yeah, if you want something specific and NOW, then prepare to PAY

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My "local" shop sells mid-to-high end K2.

Sportchek sells low-to-mid end K2.

K2's MSRP is the same for the US and Canada.

My "local" shop charges well above MSRP for the exact same product that Sportchek sells at MSRP.

The owner has admitted that his hot tub sales prop up the business.

There's a reason why I never see anybody in there except during "sales".
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #219 (permalink)
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Finally got up to Seymour last night! The snow was alright, but visibility was the worst I have ever seen..

Was only there for an hour and a bit but it was good to dust off the cobwebs a bit! I pretty much didn't ride last season so the first run was a bit.. How do I put it.. Sketchy! Took me a few runs to get the confidence back.

The new mistery chair was a huge improvement. I have to admit though, it freaked the hell out of me. it was dark, foggy, couldn't even see the chair in front of me, I was alone on my chair and for the first time I was convinced it was going to crash and burn somehow. It was like a scene from a bad horror movie.

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Finally got up to Seymour last night! The snow was alright, but visibility was the worst I have ever seen..

Was only there for an hour and a bit but it was good to dust off the cobwebs a bit! I pretty much didn't ride last season so the first run was a bit.. How do I put it.. Sketchy! Took me a few runs to get the confidence back.

The new mistery chair was a huge improvement. I have to admit though, it freaked the hell out of me. it was dark, foggy, couldn't even see the chair in front of me, I was alone on my chair and for the first time I was convinced it was going to crash and burn somehow. It was like a scene from a bad horror movie.
Or "Frozen" . Seymour def has some real fog problems. Dunno if Grouse and Cypress have the same, but I'd imagine so. I have actually literally been going up the Mystery lift in a dense fog and heard people below yelling "Where the fuck's the run?".
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