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Another long time ski shop closes - Puget Sound area

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I saw in the paper where tomorrow is the last day for Mt. Pilchuk Ski in Everett, they've been around for a good number of years. I find it depressing the number of brick and morter shops that are closing, the Seattle area has certainly lost it's fair share.

 

Da Flav

 

PS. Sorry if this should have been in "Ski Gear" forum.....

post #2 of 7

Never a good sign. Mind stopping by to see if they have any Spademans or other vintage stuff.  

post #3 of 7

That is a truly sad thing flav. 

 

Sad times. 

 

post #4 of 7

It's the death of a traditional business model. 

 

If you are in the industry, read up on Seth Godin. He'll help you reshape your model. 

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Funny to see the lamenting of another shop closing, when many of the same people are the ones advocating the "great internet deals" that help keep this place alive.

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snofun, the reality that you point out is one of the reasons that I committed to buying from B&M shops almost a year ago, and haven't made any major purchases from "great internet deal" type sites.

(I can not speak for my husband)

 

The first thing I did was redefine what a Local/Brick and Mortar shop is.  I buy from a couple local places(within 50 miles of my house) as well as the fine shop workers/owners who participate on this site. Skiershop(whiteroom), AlpineHigh(Ptex1), SnowWind(Bud Heishman), Wicks Ski Shop(Philpug), Slidewright(alpinord) and a few others....

 

What I have found, in making that commitment are these things:

  • I had no regrets with the items purchased (how often do you make a "quick deal" purchase and later wonder why you bought that POS?)
  • Communication was easy
  • I spent less money and got more usable 'stuff'
  • I, often, got better deals for the specific product by calling the shop and talking to someone
  • On at least two occasions, the Bear I talked to convinced me to buy something different and they were right!

 

Whether your definition of B&M is the guy down the street, or the Bear who has a ski shop, it behooves us all to support the ski shop.

 

post #7 of 7

 

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Originally Posted by samurai View Post

It's the death of a traditional business model. 

 

If you are in the industry, read up on Seth Godin. He'll help you reshape your model. 

When I suggested to my friend who owned a shop about 4 years ago to diversify into other types of expert level skisrather than the race ski focus he carried, he told me that he carries skis only because it's expected because he's a ski shop and that he doesn't make any money on ski sales. Specializing on boot fitting, services and rentals, I guess he ws ahead of his time.

 

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