My apologies if this is the umpteenth time this question has been asked. I did do a search and came up with a lot of "the shop screwed up my mounting, what do I do now?" threads and "should I mount bindings more forward or back?" threads, but none seemed to answer my specific question, so I'm going to venture out and ask...
I just bought my first pair of skis & bindings. I was beginner skier 20 some years ago, getting back into it, so I don't have the skill level yet to 1.) mount them myself or 2.) realistically notice the difference if they were mounted differently. So, I need to take them to a local shop and have them mounted. They were not purchased from either of the shops in question, nor any shop locally.
One shop is charging $89.95 for the service while another is charging $49.95.
That $40 could be an early-season lift ticket, so I want to go with the $49.95 shop, but I'm afraid this is a "you get what you pay for situation" where being cheap may not be a good idea.
On the other hand, unless I have certain specifications, shouldn't a binding mount be a pretty easy thing to do?
If it helps, these are a pair of last year's K2 Sweet Luvs being mounted with Marker ERP 10.0 bindings. I believe they do have a mounting plate already attached.
Both shops claim to be familiar with both of these as well as mounting them together.
$89.95 shop seems to have a good reputation. A lot of their techs are a little bit older; middle age folks who have been skiing quite a while, but still a lot of younger guys around. I did have a not-so-nice interaction with one of their sales people when she basically ridiculed me for being excited to get my new skis out on the "3 inches of new snow" we got last night (which was actually closer to 8" by the way.), so another reason aside from price, that I'm not inclined to go there.
$49.95 shop I don't know their reputation. Not that's its bad, just haven't heard as much about them. They only have one location in my area, as opposed to the other shop that has 4 different locations in my area. I swung by there last night. Don't know if it was because it was almost closing or if it was just extra holiday staff, but everyone who appeared to be working there looked about 12. Not to be age-ist, but ya know, didn't inspire a whole lot of confidence.
So which would you choose?