Truth. It does help when you know your boot model and size, and are just looking to replace old with new, as I did with my Kryptons last June (for half of retail). I also used to fit bikes, so have a pretty good idea of what I should be looking at there, but doesn't hurt to have a fitter confirm. I replaced my road bike a few years ago in September for $1000 under FFR, mainly because I knew if I waited, I'd have trouble finding my size, and nothing really changed on the next year's model.
I sold just the frame from my 2004 Merlin Cyrene for 2k, put the best parts on my new 3k Roubaix, and sold off all the surplus; netting a 4k+ bike for a total outlay of about $400. Still kind of feels like I sold my soul though... Roubaix fits me better, but I've ridden a Merlin since something like '91, and IMO, the Cyrene is one of the prettiest Ti bikes ever made.
Before selling soul:
After selling soul:
at least I'm not standing there, staring at my glove like a dork...
We were very competitive at the shop I used to work at in our landing of killer gear deals. That's where I learned the FFR, and FFW terminology. (full f****** retail/full f****** wholesale). Most of our vendors offered below wholesale deals to shop employees, but not always, and not always great availability. Even FFW was frowned on, which is really pretty pathetic when I think about it. Anyway, I've had to suck it up on a few purchases since changing careers, but probably make less foolish purchases just because it's a "killer deal brah".
Edited by MT Skull - 8/3/15 at 11:27am