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speaking of Team Performance, is it worth it?(21 posts)

speaking of Team Performance, is it worth it?JS Haiku Shop
Aug 7, 2002 4:52 AM
let's see...$20 for a year, 10 points accumulated per dollar, must have 1000 points to get $10 off an order. i got all that, and it doesn't seem like "all that". what i'm wondering is...are the members-only deals way better than their standard sale items, and are there any other benefits?

TIA!

J
works for meDougSloan
Aug 7, 2002 4:59 AM
You get some better specials (one or two items might do it) and upgraded shipping. It has easily paid off for me, but my bike spending is (was) a little on the high side.

Doug
I think soAFred
Aug 7, 2002 5:21 AM
There are few team specials each year where you can save a few bucks, but for me the real value is the upgraded shipping. I have no patience, and I like the fact that if I place an order on Wednesday, I know I'll have it in time for the weekend rides. Also, if you spend a lot on extra junk like I do, the points do rack up pretty quickly.
for me it isColnagoFE
Aug 7, 2002 5:27 AM
but then again i have a store in town...hardly ever use the mailorder. i tend to buy lots of consumables there like tires, tubes, gels, Elite bibshorts, stuff like that.
yes, especially when you make them PRICE MATCH!!!!weiwentg
Aug 7, 2002 5:30 AM
I'm sorry. I know I'm evil. but I'm a starving college student.
seriously, get them to price match, and it's worth it. also, the accelerated shipping doesn't hurt, and they have yet to screw one of my orders up.
they made me price match their own website!TomS
Aug 2, 2002 4:50 PM
I bought a truing stand earlier this year, and on the website it was advertised as one price (I forget exactly) but when I went to the store it was about $5 more. I asked about it, and they said I needed to bring a printout from their website into the store so they could verify the price, because the two computer systems aren't linked! Geez, welcome to the 21st century! I work a few minutes down the road so it wasn't a huge deal, but it was kinda annoying.

Other than that the "team" thing has been a great deal, I mostly buy tubes/tires/tools from them, and occasionally clothes (just got new shoes), but I have a ton of points now that I'm going to put towards a set of rollers this winter.

Sometimes I buy in the store, sometimes mailorder, depends if I'm lazy at the moment; but other than the price match thing they've never screwed up an order.
when price matching with other major websitesweiwentg
Aug 7, 2002 4:50 PM
it's easier; they can just check up on it. the greatest hassle they ever gave me was whether or not to give me a red or blue Giro Havoc (preferred blue) for $50 (pricepoint only had red). I got the blue.
of course, price matching their OWN STORE is a bit dumb.
Had problem with their system too!bent_spoke
Aug 7, 2002 6:25 PM
I signed up for Team Performance in the store....thinking that the memebership would be good anywhere. Wrong! I was shocked that someone actually designed their computer system this way.

The problem I have had is when I buy on-line, I don't get the two-day shipping automatically. I've probably called a 1/2 dozen times & they are suppose to change it.

They seem to need some organizational help, but in general I cann't complain too much, 'cause "I'm getting what I paid for". Otherwise I could just go to the lbs.
is for metarwheel
Aug 7, 2002 5:31 AM
I've received a "free" jersey and helmet over the past year with team points I accumulated. Most of my purchases from Performance are clothes (jerseys, socks, shoes) and tires and tubes. Since there is a store not too far from where I live, it's easy to exchange or return items, and they never give you any hassle over returns. As others mentioned, the members only deals are no big deal -- in fact, they're usually the same items on sale for everyone else. However, the upgraded shipping is for real. Everything I have ordered has promptly arrived in 2 days, and they've never messed up an order (although they did include an extra pair of shoes one time that I didn't order, at no charge, but unfortunately they were not my size).
Some "members-only" deals are actually worse thanbill
Aug 7, 2002 6:03 AM
what's on the website's weekly specials for the hoi polloi. So, if you're shopping online, you ought to check both areas.
Good for clothes, tires, tubes, nutritional stuff, the occasional component (somewhat limited but not stupidly limited selection -- they actually started carrying Stella Azzuria (sp?) stuff, VERY pricey high-end Euro). They pick up some closeout stuff here and there, too.
The coupons are worth it. And the price matching, which they don't tout the way they used to, can be awesome. I ordered a bunch of Record parts that they price-matched, and I got the coupons back besides, so I actually paid 10% less.
what's the deal with price matching?ColnagoFE
Aug 7, 2002 7:28 AM
never heard of this? can you get a price from anywhere and they match it? what do you need to prove it? are foreign websites fair game?
I walked into the store with a website printout, and theybill
Aug 7, 2002 7:35 AM
matched. If you go to the store, they'll ship free to the store, so you can save some $$ there as well (I guess they count on your buying stuff in the store, which is usually the case -- I almost always walk out with SOMETHING).
I don't know about international sites.
No regrets joining. Also LOVE the 2-day shipping. (nm)jtferraro
Aug 7, 2002 5:40 AM
Do you guys pay sales tax at Performance? In IL we do.Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 7, 2002 6:12 AM
They've got retail outlets in Illinois, so we have to pay tax on purchases. It's pretty much eliminated them from my purchasing choices.

Nashbar too, since they're owned by Performance (or vice-versa).

ALex
In PA too, butJL
Aug 7, 2002 6:28 AM
sometimes the store near my house is "lacking" compared to the website. Certain deals they have combined with Team Points makes the sales tax "worth it", IMHO.

If I can I try to use the store, but for some reason they're always out of stock. It's a huge store compared to others, but they can't seem to keep anything there. Plus their selection at the store isn't as great as their catalog.

I do like the Team Performance though. The points have helped with some larger online purchases.

Happy riding.

John
Works for me too.djg
Aug 7, 2002 6:25 AM
I buy quite a bit of my stuff elsewhere, but I've found the team performance deal to be well worth it. The team specials range from worthless to really great. Every year there's at least a couple of things I pick up at significant savings. Also, keep in mind that the 10% kickback applies on sale items and price-matched items (they'll generally match prices offered on competing US-based web sites).
yup...i never/rarely buy anything at full price from them (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 7, 2002 7:29 AM
yesgetoffmywheel
Aug 7, 2002 12:34 PM
especially if you have one close by. My favourite shop is 1/2 hour away. Things like tubes, tires, lube,socks, endurox, power bars, and the three bike hoists I just bought all add up. I never would buy a bike or components there. The members only deals can be a nice benefit if they turn out to be things are are specificly looking for-for me it was a Pearl Izumi winter riding jacket.
only if you're building a bikelaffeaux
Aug 7, 2002 2:27 PM
You need to spend $200 to break even. I did it when I was building a bike, and knew I'd be spending more than that in a year. Otherwise I don't think it's worth it. I buy from them occassionally, but less than $200 per year.
re: speaking of Team Performance, is it worth it?Raf1
Aug 7, 2002 10:44 PM
Just bought a pile of (high priced) junk in one shot to use my 20% off coupon there. And got the points on top of it. Great deal.
thanks, all. points + shipping = worth it to me! (NM)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 8, 2002 4:36 AM