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#1 Unread post by vna »

Hi! :D

Two weeks ago when I was at the party I got to know about this trend from my friends for the first time ever. Nevertheless hundreds and even thousands of young people already know it. my friends try for size brand quality clothing items or accessories in brand boutiques and purchase them in online stores with great discounts. :wink:

It turns out that shopping online is much more cheaper.

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Whilst I am all for saving money don't forget to support independent retailers. Ok the big boys will probably ride out recession & a downturn in sales, but the small boutique or shop might not.

Personally I very rarely buy branded clothes anyway. The only exception I make is for bike gear. I buy branded as it is a form of quality control which may affect safety/performance etc.

My fella & I have over the past 6yrs spent over £2000 in a small local bike gear shop quite deliberately as we get great service/good discounts & he is a nice guy + fellow biker!

The only exception was a Triumph leather jacket bought from the local dealer at a discount that was too good to resist!

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#3 Unread post by sunshine229 »

Great response, Mog! I too like to support the local shops where possible.
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I shop online, but buy local.
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#5 Unread post by Wrider »

I do a combination. If it's within 10-20 bucks I'll buy local, but if I can't get it locally or if it's a really big price difference I'll buy where I can.
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#6 Unread post by jstark47 »

There are two motorcycle dealerships in town, both single stores (not chains). I do my best to support both with purchases of gear and parts. (Although I have used the internet to convince one store their tire prices were a tad high - they saw the light that time, got their price down to within $10 of the 'net price, and they got my money.)

What I do buy on the 'net is some of the less common accessories and farkles - e.g. hard luggage, crash bars, etc. Generally the local stores would have to special order this stuff anyway. Twisted Throttle is probably my favorite internet retailer - lots of selection, and there's actually a live, helpful person on the other end of the phone when you need to call them.
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#7 Unread post by JVRR »

Depends on what I am buying and the price. Even though a jacket is $200 online or at the store, I save $20 by buying online (no tax), and if I am not getting charged shipping...

That being said, I may just buy local, dunno. I do need some things online that are a big price difference though, and depending on where I buy I need to hit that upper limit for free shipping.
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#8 Unread post by Tsp »

Who in all common sense gives. I do, yet charity, starts at home. New to online shopping, I have learned very much in the way of where the better deals are. To do all by car is simply not there. Locals have got some of my funds like tires for my Suzuki. Chaps, gloves, jacket, a helmet or 3 lol, I' ve done online. The locals get my business accordingly.

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#9 Unread post by Grey Thumper »

When I can, I do support local stores (as long as they're not a bunch of ridiculously priced greedy bastiches). Especially if I'm getting something that needs to fit properly to begin with (pretty much all helmets and clothing). Otherwise, stuff that's specific to my bike is too hard to source locally anyway, so that's when I shop online.
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#10 Unread post by totalmotorcycle »

I shop at both myself. Sometimes you can find what you want locally, other times the only spot is the internet. Today I ordered a Yuasa YTX12-BS battery off the internet from our shopping guide.

I believe local and internet stores can complement each other, the internet may have better pricing but you can't beat local customer service.
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#11 Unread post by blues2cruise »

Anything that needs to fit...I buy locally....easier to try on at the store and know for sure it's the right jacket, helmet, pants, boots, gloves, etc.....

I bought camera batteries online from ebay though....almost $100. for battery at the store...but less than $20. with shipping online...

I buy very little online.
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My opinion on this is changing...I used to faithfully buy locally, try to support...but the service just isn't there to justify the expense...and sometimes it takes twice as long for the local guy to get stuff in than online...I understand that they can't carry everything, but they should go out of their way to make sure they can get things in a timely manor...

Tires for my bike, for example...local shop wanted $640 plus tax & install ($35 per tire) to get the "smokin' deal" that he was giving me...was going to take two weeks to get in...I went online $487 including taxes & five working days...same tires...so I searched online and found out how easy it is to install tires...so I saved over $200 and now have the knowlege to do the tires myself...but there is just less hassle when it is sent directly to you...I think the only time I will still go into a store is for clothing, and that may eventually change as well...

Next Christmas all shopping is getting done online...eff the effin stores and idiot shoppers...I don't like shopping at the best of times, but Xmas shopping is mentally challenged!!

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#13 Unread post by dr_bar »

I hear too often, people going to the local shop, wasting the time of the sales person, trying on everything in the store and then going home to make the purchase online because now they know the right size. If everyone did this, those local stores would cease to exist.

If I'm shopping for an item that's not carried locally, I'll ask how long to get it in before deciding to shop online. My local Yamaha parts person will often tell me to hit the Internet to save myself some cash when it's for something they don't stock, or she feels it's just way over priced in the store. If I take a lot of her time trying things on, if it fits and I have the cash, it goes home with me... The joy with G.A. Checkpoint, is that they are strictly a Yamaha dealer, they may order other parts in, but they are able to stock a lot more of the common parts.
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#14 Unread post by Wrider »

Personally I've noticed that unless it's not stocked (like Dr. Bar said) the prices have equaled out. I was shopping for a new helmet the other day (ended up with an EXO 500), and prices were dead equal online and in store, so I bought in store. I have no objection to buying online, as long as the local stores get their share too.
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Nothing...and I mean NOTHING is in stock for my bike...just not enough sold to make it worth their while...don't blame them...but I will be ordering the parts through the Yamaha dealer...it's cheaper to go after market, except I would have to replace both forks (kinda puts an end to cheaper when you need to buy two)...and I agree, if the parts are in stock (or even just a day or two away) and the price is close, I will support the shop...but if the price is almost double, sorry...

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madjak30 wrote:Nothing...and I mean NOTHING is in stock for my bike...just not enough sold to make it worth their while...don't blame them...but I will be ordering the parts through the Yamaha dealer...it's cheaper to go after market, except I would have to replace both forks (kinda puts an end to cheaper when you need to buy two)...and I agree, if the parts are in stock (or even just a day or two away) and the price is close, I will support the shop...but if the price is almost double, sorry...

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That's not true! I'm sure they have tires and an oil filter for you! :lol:

I agree with the "doubled price" though, definitely not worth it in that case. But if it's within 10 percent I'll usually go for it, saves time, hassle, and helps out the local shops.
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#17 Unread post by IntoTheWind »

This all depends if the local business supports me. Do they keep my hours, or do I have to take time off work to go there? Do they have anything that fits? More often than not - they don't. Do they have the product I want? I can order off the internet, I don't need them for that. Locally? What's that? Within 10 miles ... 20 miles ... 30 miles? Then when I do look around, most of it is cheap chinese junk - selling for a high price.

So, do I shop local? Less and less every year.

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#18 Unread post by mogster »

My most recent purchases (last month) were leather trousers (with armour) +kevlar jeans.

I researched brands, prices & sizes online.

I then went to a couple of big name bike stores & had 2 very different experiences:

1/ He*******ke - absolutely appalling "service". I was reluctantly served & offered 3 pairs of leathers despite 2 of them being about £100 more than my stated budget. I was left to carry all 3 pairs to the changing room (quite a heavy load) & after trying them on was offered no advice or help - just buy some or not basically. No offer to check stock lines, just come back in a few weeks - I won't! :rant:

2/ Y***ha - nothing to suit me but the assistant broke away from a £500 sale to offer assistance & apologise for wait. He kindly looked through numerous catalogues & offered to order in for me. He also suggested I check out the brand online as I might get a better deal.

I then went to my favourite local dealer. The boss was busy with paperwork but said hi & I was immediately offered help by his assistant. I tried on quite a few pairs but nothing quite suited. The boss even phoned a supplier who had recently bought a huge stock from a liquidated giant (G**** W****) to see if he had anything. When this failed they suggested I visit another small rival business locally.

So off I went down the road. Here I managed to find 3 pairs that suited! After some negotiations I bought leather + a pair of kevlar jeans saving a total of £70 from the ticket prices! :D

So YES I will continue to shop locally. I could have spent a lot of money online & not been happy with the sizing. That said as a research tool the tinternet is very useful.
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Locally whenever possible. On line almost 75%
of the time now.
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