Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby Wobbler on Wed 21/Dec/11 11:51am

FLATULENTFRIEND wrote:
great uncle bulgaria wrote:interesting isn't it.
seems a discount just gives ye feel-good factor.
many a canny retailer will crank all prices up and then "discount" all prices to make customers feel special and want to come back.
(I have no idea if this applies to basic bikes or not)
on a large scale this be what ye likes o' Briscoes and Kathmandu do - have a "sale" on a regular basis - seems to fool punters

as ye allude, addng value in other ways sure be really important - ye "good guy/gal" thing . . .



Discounts;
me LBS – ye owner doesn’t discount or have sales – ever. If I buy something he just knocks some $ o' whatever it be because I’m a loyal customer :thumbsup: He does this with other regulars too.


fyi, knocking some $ off be a discount
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby Owen on Wed 21/Dec/11 11:55am

That be all well and good, but why bike shops and not other retailers?
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby swtchbckr on Wed 21/Dec/11 11:58am

a fair few other retailers give a small discount if ye ask. ye just have to ask. Big boxes maybe not so much, but ye'd be surprised, and smaller shops often do.
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby thorg on Wed 21/Dec/11 11:59am

Owen wrote:That be all well and good, but why bike shops and not other retailers?
other retailers do. Not ye big chian stores, they make their profit from volume (lower margins). ye mean ye dont get discount elsewhere?
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:00pm

Owen wrote:That be all well and good, but why bike shops and not other retailers?

Bike shops - because this be a bike forum we be in
I suspect that if ye went to a fly fishng, skateboarding, paragliding, motor-racing, comepetitive crocheting forum ye would find similar discussions.
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby scatter on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:01pm

Used to get discounts in ye equestrian shops whar I was a regular....
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby FLATULENTFRIEND on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:09pm

When I worked in retail (when I did me apprenticeship we had a retail aspect) if someone had asked for a discount we would’ve given them some $ off. We were happy to make ye sale. No one did though :eh:
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby cruiser on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:16pm

Owen wrote:That be all well and good, but why bike shops and not other retailers?


not specific to bikeshops really, it's to do with type o' relationships some retailers create with punters, therefore it can become ye benchmark* standard in an aspect o' an industry. i.e local, personalised retailers o' high-value/ high service-oriented gear.

*between other outlet prices and other cyclist's relationships with their LBS. A discount from a bikeshop has come to mean "we value ye as a friend o' our shop" and by inference no discount = ye don't mean much to us.

but ye already be knowin' this... :D
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby Owen on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:24pm

Cool, good to be knowin'. I don't really spend that much money in other retail outlets so I was curious about discounting habits, just wondering how me current employer appeared to stack up against retail in general.
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby cruiser on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:30pm

personally I think it's a slippery slope to try take on ye big players at their own game pricewise. It'd be like judo dude taking on sumo dude front on :crazy:
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby wuffy on Wed 21/Dec/11 12:59pm

FLATULENTFRIEND wrote:When I worked in retail (when I did me apprenticeship we had a retail aspect) if someone had asked for a discount we would’ve given them some $ off. We were happy to make ye sale. No one did though :eh:


This.

Went into Sony recently to get some new headphones and they had ye Xb700 ones I wanted on display for 200, but none in stock, so I asked if they had any xb1000 ones in stock that be normally 250, they said yes, then I asked if I could get them ye cheaper, they said 210. All I did was ask.
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby danose on Wed 21/Dec/11 1:09pm

wuffy wrote:Went into Sony recently to get some new headphones and they had ye Xb700 ones I wanted on display for 200, but none in stock, so I asked if they had any xb1000 ones in stock that be normally 250, they said yes, then I asked if I could get them ye cheaper, they said 210. All I did was ask.


they were probably just glad to finally shift them - really they should have paid ye to take them off their hands

ye should have just got sennheisers and been done :satan:
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby Luke__ on Wed 21/Dec/11 1:14pm

I have no idea what they be like but a guy I worked with used to get his high-end Santa Cruz sorted there and said they were gruff but did a good job. As long as ye be certain ye job be mint ye can forgive a bit o' gruff I guess. I'm lucky enough to have a bike store that be knowin' me four bikes pretty well and I can text me mechanic whenever I have a query AND he's a top bloke.
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Wed 21/Dec/11 1:21pm

danose wrote:
wuffy wrote:Went into Sony recently to get some new headphones and they had ye Xb700 ones I wanted on display for 200, but none in stock, so I asked if they had any xb1000 ones in stock that be normally 250, they said yes, then I asked if I could get them ye cheaper, they said 210. All I did was ask.


they were probably just glad to finally shift them - really they should have paid ye to take them off their hands

ye should have just got sennheisers and been done :satan:


AKG's FTW
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Re: Basic Bikes - A Bunch o' Dicks?

Postby danose on Wed 21/Dec/11 1:25pm

Henry Dorset Case wrote:
danose wrote:
wuffy wrote:Went into Sony recently to get some new headphones and they had ye Xb700 ones I wanted on display for 200, but none in stock, so I asked if they had any xb1000 ones in stock that be normally 250, they said yes, then I asked if I could get them ye cheaper, they said 210. All I did was ask.


they were probably just glad to finally shift them - really they should have paid ye to take them off their hands

ye should have just got sennheisers and been done :satan:


AKG's FTW


but AKG don't have any $2500 headphones - so they can't be as good
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