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Is mounting usually included when you buy skis/bindings from your local shop?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Picked up my wife's new skis today from our local shop.  Prophet Flite's - 2011 model year that was a good price at $344...bindings were basically retail (Look PX-10).

 

I didn't look that closely at the work order and was getting something else too so couldn't' really do the total in my head (I had the dumb today).  When I looked at the receipt later I see I was charged $40 for mounting the bindings.  I had assumed (my bad) that would be included.

 

So what's your local shop policy?  Included or not?

 

I might give the guy a call and just ask him if that's normal, or if one of his young employees wrote it up that way.  If he says yeah, that's their normal practice, then I'm fine with that.

 

 

post #2 of 18

I would personally expect a mount to be included if I purchased both the skis and the bindings at that shop.

post #3 of 18

Sometimes you have to ask for it, but usually for most situations they will mount the bindings free with purchase of skis and bindings.  Some shops hold out and offer it to help close a deal but charge you if you don't ask about it.  Also, some oddball special orders of stuff they don't usually carry or crazy mad discount priced stuff might not offer a free mount.  But, I suspect that with snow cover thin and sales slow they are just trying to eek out whatever they can from what few customers are actually buying at the present.  But, if you had haggled some or maybe even just asked they probably wouldn't have charged for the mount regardless.

 

Call them, at the least they will likely offer some free tunes...

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

THanks guys...I'm sure he'll refund it if I ask. If he offers to, I'll just ask him to apply it to the cost of a grind for a different pair of skis that need it. This guy had to rebuild his shop this year after some massive flooding in our area so I'm sure with that and the craptastic start to winter we're having he's struggling a bit....he might need the $40 more than I do.

 

 

post #5 of 18

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

I would personally expect a mount to be included if I purchased both the skis and the bindings at that shop.


Same here.

post #6 of 18

Well when I got my skis and boots somewhere they mounted my old bindings for free, and took a bunch off the total price.  

post #7 of 18

Yes, I've usually gotten a free mount with either bindings or skis purchased at the shop.  

post #8 of 18

I also would have expected that they mount the bindings without charge.

post #9 of 18

I recently bought a set of used skis that came with bindings that were so old no one would adjust them (1981 ESS bindings).  I took them to Totem Ski Shop in Jasper where they mounted a new set of Solomon S10's for free after I purchased them there.  Not only did they mount the bindings for free, they researched the old bindings to find out how to safely remove them and then waxed the skis with the correct temp wax for that day skiing. 

 

I don't know if this is normal service for other places, but I keep going back there because of how they treat me. 

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sevv View Post

I recently bought a set of used skis that came with bindings that were so old no one would adjust them (1981 ESS bindings).  I took them to Totem Ski Shop in Jasper where they mounted a new set of Solomon S10's for free after I purchased them there.  Not only did they mount the bindings for free, they researched the old bindings to find out how to safely remove them and then waxed the skis with the correct temp wax for that day skiing. 

 

I don't know if this is normal service for other places, but I keep going back there because of how they treat me. 



????

 

It's not like they found an undetonated bomb in the road th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

 

 

post #11 of 18

I bought skis and bindings from the local store....they charged me $40.00 for the mount.  I asked for a solid since I purchased from them.  I was told that $40 was what they charged and it wasn't their policy to throw it in...even with a purchase.  I don't buy anything from them anymore...they lost WAAAY more than $40 on that deal.

 

I suppose they thought I should be happy b/c they charge $70 if you don't buy from them.

 

-Smarty 

post #12 of 18

Ski shops charging you for mounting when you buy skis and bindings is akin to... 

 

A car dealership charging you to mount an optional CD deck on your new car purchase

Computer shops charging you to mount more memory on your new PC purchase

Restaurants charging you to mount fries on your burger plate

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

Smarty - I know how you feel. If you weren't happy about it, it was kind of stupid for them not to give you a refund or at least a discount or store credit or something.

 

I also feel like I should have asked, not assumed.  

 

The owner is a good guy. I'll ask him. If it's their practice - so be it, no big deal.  I still got a decent deal on the skis.  If he offers me a refund I'll ask him to apply it to a grind like I said.  

 

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Smartyiak View Post

I bought skis and bindings from the local store....they charged me $40.00 for the mount.  I asked for a solid since I purchased from them.  I was told that $40 was what they charged and it wasn't their policy to throw it in...even with a purchase.  I don't buy anything from them anymore...they lost WAAAY more than $40 on that deal.

 

I suppose they thought I should be happy b/c they charge $70 if you don't buy from them.

 

-Smarty 


I would have cancelled the transaction on the spot.

 

One of the shops I go to only charged me 10 bucks on my last mount because I had recently bought boots from them.

 

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Follow up - I called the shop today, asked for the owner.  Told him I was looking over my bill and noticed he charged me for mounting, and that I assumed that would have been included. Asked him what their normal policy is, and he said when something is highly discounted they would normally charge for mounting. The skis were $344 (2011 Prophet Flite) - so based on full retail price they discount was pretty good. It was actually cheaper than I could find online.  The bindings though they just got in, and I got no discount at all on them - $180.

 

So anyway...he offered to removed the charge. I asked him how much they charge for a stone grind, and he said $40.  I told him I need a stone grind on another set of skis - so we settled on doing that for free.  Seemed to work out ok.  In the future I'll know to ask about what is and isn't included.

 

 

post #16 of 18

At least he was reasonable.  I bought my Shamans last year directly from Icelantic, year old=big discount.  I then ordered my Marker bindings on a proform through the local shop Marker said to use.  The store made almost nothing on the bindings, I think, and, they still didn't charge me to mount them although they did charge for tuning the skis to my specs.  I expected a charge for both.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post



????

 

It's not like they found an undetonated bomb in the road th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif

 

 

 

 

 

No, but it's not like they are mounted the same as modern bindings, and it's not like you would commonly encounter someone from that era.  The shop took the time to do the job right...  That was my point. 
 

 

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

Restaurants charging you to mount fries on your burger plate


LOL!  That one tickled me juuust right.

 

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