buying local

Discussion in 'Gear & Apparel' started by versys Rob, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I am in the market for new highly vented pants, his vis jacket and warm weather riding boots. I want to buy local. Frist stop... toybox on a Saturday. Keith was on the counter. Easy peasy.. Keith knows I am a cheap SOB and dont' want to blow the wad on Klim gear or similar, so he picks out Cortech jacket and pants from a catalogue and tells me he'll order them and it may be a month.. No issue waiting, as it is of next summer. Few days later, I get a call from someone else at Toybox... Pants are not available. OK, I say, order me something else in that price range. Guy says he does not know what to order, and tells me to look online. GRRRRR pissed off #1. Great salesman. I tell him to forget the order and hang up.
    Off to Honda One yesterday.. Guy on the counter there, ( not Terry, or Q), tells me to go look on line and call them to order it for me. Pissed off #2

    how am I supposed to buy local, if the local stores are telling me to go online? I think I found a good deal on e bay...
    my rant is over.

    versys Rob
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  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Clothing is tough, no-one stocks very much around here. Your only option is to look online and read reviews.
  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I hate ordering clothing/gloves/boots/helmets online. Fit is so important and there is no way to know what size in advance.
    Reviews can tell you about quality and technical issues but can't tell you if it is right for you.
    I have particular problems with boots. Nobody EVER has my size in stock (14 or 15 in some makes) and even a lot of the online places don't regularly carry them, even if the manufacturer makes them.
    Helmet fitting is impossible on-line unless you are replacing helmet with identical make and model.

    One of these days (when COVID is done), I am going to plan a big North American road trip and a key stop will be one or more motorcycle (USA) superstores that has everything at good prices.
  4. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    So i should not feel bad about saying shag, buy local!!!! now my conscience is clear.
    Ebay, here i come!!
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You gotta do what you gotta do.
  6. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Keith and Terry have been the 'go-to' guys for me for sure.
    In all fairness to smaller local dealers keeping inventory on hand costs big bucks so I get that they can't offer optimal walk-in-try-on service.
    FWIW I tried on a BMW touring suit at a mega dealer where the service was the pits, got the jacket and pants sizes dialled in then went home and ordered thru Toy Box.
    Didn't buy it at mega dealer simply because service and attitude sucked. Price was the same, service made the diff.
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Yup, I hear you there. I ended up buying my new helmet in Langley because the offered me 25% off and I wanted to demo a few bikes.
  8. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    Just to be clear.. I was not expecting to purchase anything off the shelf. I didn't expect anything to be in stock. I want new gear for next summer. I was very clear at both shops to tell them I expected they would have to order it and have it in by April.

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