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Jun 8, 2001 7:58 AM
How come my local bike shop says they cannot touch the kit prices that say colorado cyclist can? I would be happy to pay the tax and assembly on the bike if they can match the price. Is it just the volume the big places do?
Jun 13, 2001 9:14 PM
Local bike stores, in many instances, pay more for components from a distributor than you pay buying from CC. Selling bikes is already a very short-margin industry, and so if they lost money selling you a kit so they could make the small profit on a frame, the cost of building the bike would eat up any profits on the deal - at that point it is not even worth the aggravation of building up a bike for you.
Jun 14, 2001 6:07 AM
Thank you for responding. I am going to try to scrape up the extra $ to give the lbs my business.
like to hear thatclimberted
Jun 14, 2001 4:49 PM
I work in a shop. We always like to hear that. We usually give people breaks on labor for parts they buy form us. People always get so pissed when they buy that PHAT new fork mail order and we won't give the a break on labor.
Easy Solutionixiz
Jun 14, 2001 11:03 AM
THE lbs SHOULD BUY FROM Colorado cyclist and others if they are cheaper than distributor.

If you want someones business than you have to make it worthwhile for the buyer.

SORRY ! I support mail order and marketplace. I repair all my bikes and the only way I will go to LBS is if i need it yesterday.
onop of that mailorder is tax free
Jun 17, 2001 10:24 AM
how does colorado cyclist get the stuff so cheap?
Volume........Len J
Jun 19, 2001 3:00 PM
Probably get volume discounts from the Manufacturers, Plus they mark up less because they don't have as much overhead, and are making it on volume. Business 101. I wish I'd thought of that.
Jun 28, 2001 1:16 AM
Alot of companies like Colorado Cyclist and Excel sports buy the leftover stock from companies like trek and schwinn. When big compaies like Trek and Schwinn buy parts they get the "original equipment" price, at the end of the year they often sell the extra stock at 20 to 30% under this OE price to get it out of there stock. This is where some mail order companies get there parts, it goes to the highest bidder.