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Is sportisimo.com (in the Czech republic) a legitimate business?

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I'm in the US, and would like to order a piece of ski gear from sportismo.com.  Supposedly they've got 80+ stores in the Czech Republic, and when I went on Trip Advisor and asked about them, I got one reply from a designated "Destination Expert for Czech Republic, Prague" (2700 posts, 73 reviews) that said it's "very legit."  

 

However, I've sent them two emails (one a month ago, one a week ago), and they didn't respond to either one. So I tried calling them at their listed number (420 841 300 400), during normal business hours (10:30 am Monday), and the message I got was "this call can't be completed as dialed." To check that there wasn't a general problem calling the Czech Republic, I called a hotel in Prague, and had no problem getting through. Finally, since they say they can also be contacted via Skype, I tried that as well, and got the message that their account was offline!

 

If anyone could give me the story on this business, I'd greatly appreciate it!

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Pennies wise, pounds foolish?
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Pennies wise, pounds foolish?

 

 

+1 to this.  What are you ordering, and can it not be ordered anywhere else?  If it's merely coming down to cost, you may consider the value portion of the purchase...in other words, are you willing to risk something going wrong, and never being able to reach anyone at this company?

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So I managed to find out that Sportisimo is an authorized Head dealer, with numerous locations throughout the Czech Republic.  But I wouldn't recommend dealing with them -- I now have the skis, and I'm very happy with them, but they are both incompetent and unethical, and thus a pain to deal with (I may put up a separate thread about this).

 

BTW, the reason I ordered these from Europe was not to save money, it was b/c new pairs were simply unavailable in North America (believe me, I tried to find them).   I borrowed them from a friend a couple of years ago, and was really impressed -- they did some things my other skis didn't.  Unfortunately, not only had they been discontinued the year before, very few were imported into the US and Canada, and they were simply impossible for me to find (I contacted the manufacturer for help, set up automated Google and Ebay searches, etc., to no avail).  By contrast, they were popular in Europe, which is why they were available there.

 

 

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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Pennies wise, pounds foolish?


Gotta love it when people jump onto threads not to actually say something useful and answer the OP's question, but rather purely for the purpose of making snarky comments -- particularly when they have no idea what they are talking about.  If markojp actually had a brain and knew how to use it, he would have realized there were any of a number of possible reasons I might be ordering from Europe and, if he were curious, asked me why.  But lacking such, he immediately leaped to the erroneous conclusion that I was doing this to save a buck, and then snarked me based on his ignorance (that I was being "foolish"). So typically Epic, and so damed obnoxious.  Do me a favor, @markojp, and refrain from commenting on my posts in the future.

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