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Is it unethical to get advice on RBR and then go buy the product cheaper at my LBS? (nm)(10 posts)

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 atKristin
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