Originally Posted by jmcosmo65
I am a regional sales manager for Auto Trader and I don't get the relevance this has.
I am not trying to circumvent you from making money, I just want to be a more informed consumer and if you think that I cannot make decisions from other peoples experiences then find another forum to poo-poo on.
IMO if you have the product consumers seek we will buy from you or work with you. The alternative to that is we come in your store doe eyed and consfused and buy what you suggest when we do not even have a clue of how to direct you to what we might need and then we have four bad boot buying decisions like me and never shop from you again.
the point I wish to make is that I get advice can cost money especially personalized advice but some people just want information not advice to make their own decisions based on experiences from others. I hope that this kind of person can be respected and not mocked on this site.
OK, you work for Autotrader - if someone comes in and needs a bus (I don't know if they're on Autotrader or not, but let's assume not), are you going to spend your time with this guy? What do you do with a customer who apparently isn't interested in what you carry in your inventory? Spend lots of time getting him exactly what he thinks he needs, or let someone in that part of the industry deal with him?
If someone carries Lange, Head and Technica, and you want info on Dalbello, go to the Dalbello store. These guys try to figure out what'll deal with the largest cross section of their audience - if that isn't you, then move on already.
"if you think that I cannot make decisions from other peoples experiences then find another forum to poo-poo on" . I have no idea what this means, but if you think other peoples experince bears relevance to YOUR feet, ski style and the litany of things you mentioned before such as "boot ramp angles, forward lean, flex and the flex change with cold and warm days, liner construction, cuff height, cuff hinge points and so many other variables", then best of luck.
You don't like manufacturers sites since "they are only loaded with marketing hype and not so much technical information that can be used to compare products." You don't like over 20 EC shops since you "have not met many bootfitters that will give me advice on boots they do not carry so what if the shop you go to does not have the best boot for you?", and don't want to hear "find a boot fitter and a boot that fits."
OK, I give up. Good Luck. And, oh, again, try the bootfitters section, where they'll probably tell you to "find a boot fitter and a boot that fits".