|Is it unethical to get advice on RBR and then go buy the product cheaper at my LBS? (nm)||Kristin|
Oct 7, 2002 7:44 AM
Oct 7, 2002 7:54 AM
|Are you talking about getting free (dubious at times) advice from total strangers? Then supporting your local economy, paying sales tax... having a face to face transaction?
The only thing unethical is buying stolen parts (or stealing them yourself). It is a free economy... other than that, anything goes! It is mildly shameless to buy parts on ebay/grey market and ask the LBS to install them, but even that isn't unethical if the shop is willing to do it.
|This seems backwards. (nm)||Alex-in-Evanston|
Oct 7, 2002 7:58 AM
|...did you mean without supporting RBR's partner...||Spunout|
Oct 7, 2002 8:43 AM
|stores? Such as, narrowing down the decision on a component, and then going to your LBS to buy it.
Well, all of us cannot buy everything online, all of the time. RBR is a great resource and community, but we are not obligated to support a partner by being members here. We didn't sign anything. But, there are intuitive ethical devices at work also.
If we do find an item to purchase on-line that is competitive at an RBR partner, service neutral, then of course it would be in the best 'community spirit' to use the click-through and support the site. It doesn't add any more to your order.
Bottom line, don't feel obligated to pay more. This is a competitive business, and those that can't compete won't be around. Sometimes I buy from my LBS because I can get service and warranty, see-before-I-buy, even though they may be more expensive.
|Yes, you see what I was getting at||Kristin|
Oct 7, 2002 9:48 AM
|This post was tongue-in-cheek, of course. I thought it was an amusing little twist. When I first found RBR, there were a flurry of threads regarding the unethical"ness" of going to ones LBS, getting advice, yada, yada; and then buying said product online. Today, I find myself in an opposite quandry. I decided what lights to buy with the help of this board--which is paid for and maintained by RBR. RBR really is a bike shop of sorts--one staffed with all volunteers. It doesn't really sell anything, but it offers advice and connects you with resources. Think about it--most of you could earn $5.50 an hour doling out the same advice at an LBS which you freely give here.
NOW, I could click thru the Preformance link on MTBR and buy the lights there for $70, OR I could drive 5 miles down the street and buy them at the Preformance storefront and save shipping costs. What to do, what to do? Of course, I'll buy thru the link. This board-- and by extension, this site--provides valuable, non-biased advice. Not to mention, ample 9-5 distractions. I want it to stick around.
|But, weigh warranty and service benefits too. (nm)||Spunout|
Oct 7, 2002 10:34 AM
|How would that be "unethical" exactly? nm.||Eager Beagle|
Oct 7, 2002 8:46 AM
|No. Next question, please.||TypeOne|
Oct 7, 2002 11:01 AM
|OK: why do bad things happen to good people? (nm)||Crankist|
Oct 7, 2002 12:01 PM
|Is there any such thing as a good person? (nm)||Kristin|
Oct 7, 2002 1:24 PM