Also, whenever the possibility of hook ups arises, I always pass on what I CAN DO ex: Someone I know works at a shop, and can give me their employee discount (need new gloves).
Me: She needs a board so I email my list of all the good online shops and offer to facilitate her purchase
Klimski: Forgot about Al's, bookmarked it. But they don't price match at all.
The problem with some big stores is that there are no "decision makers".
Recently I spotted some 04 SX 9's WITHOUT bindings, for $500, on "sale" from $600. There were 2 other atomic skis WITH bindings for $199.
I ask for help and get The store manager - I think it was sports authority, maybe something else.
I ask what can be done since 2 other skis WITH bindings from the same maker and the same year were discounted from $700 to $200, but the SX9 alone was down $100?
He told , me $50. I figured that I could help clear inventory and that it was some type of error, also I explained that online the same skis were $300 with bindings for 05's, and that the price was probably wrong, that and 06's were on the way. I got a "50 bucks is all I can do".
So I told him I wasn't going to buy anything from him or his store.
It's the people at the small shops I find, that go the extra mile for you.
Sometimes in a big place you can find someone genuinely good, but it's rare. It's like finding a barista that knows what they're doing, or at the very least, a coffee lackey that makes a drink properly!
More on the mail-oprder boots:
Before I took the risk on the boots: I tried similar boots from the Big Box, exact same footwidth and MM footsole and read all the reviews:
performance AND comfort, fits true to size. The price I paid is cheaper than
a few rentals - 160 CDN delivered = a no-miss opportuinty on my budget.
When I get "older" and work FT and have more discretionary income, I will tour the shops for a proper fitting.