Originally Posted by Spanky
Wow you guys need lives. I think his point is support the local shop or you won't have one.
Having a good local shop is worth a little extra in the long run.
I bet you guys go try it on and finger f-it at the local shop and then order it online.
So why didn't he say so? I am all for supporting local but labeling those of us who buy international goods as "poverty rafters" as if that has moral definition is bogus at best. If you are gonna encourage people to look into how their actions have affect on our sport, our manufacturer's and outdoor shops then I suggest you show a little humility and introspection yourself. Not all of us have large amounts of cash to constantly throw around and have to make complicated decisions about how and when we spend. I don't need some uppity privileged person to remind me of how much less my $ goes now.....my travel itinerary already proves that fact well enough.
Per the moral assumption on your part....nope. We can buy international and national with compassion and common sense. I am also one of those dirtbags that buys online but I try and make sure a local shop doesn't have it first. I go out of my way to buy something at every local outdoor gear shop I visit (same with bookstores and coffee shops). I buy from my local farmer's market and choose "Utah's Own" whenever it looks fresh and appropriate.
Tired of gross generalizations about consumer morality. Reminds me of all of my friends and acquaintances who scream about me shopping at Walmart when they buy from Amazon and have no clue how large Kroger Corp. is and that it makes almost identical profit per store. Or those who don't consider how many people American companies who manufacture overseas employ nationally.
Should I also feel bad that I bought an amazing ax from Europe instead of American? How about my Nissan Frontier instead of GM or Ford? How far are we gonna go....should I feel guilt for buying Sri Lankan ceylon cinnamon instead of some stale local variety?
Sorry if your local shop can't hack it. Lots of factors there though. Maybe rafting is too narrow of enterprise to survive in some markets and they failed to diversify. Maybe they sucked at managing inventory in a reliable way appropriate for their customer base. I would love to have a local gear shop and supported them when I had the opportunity but a small town like mine will never support a livable wage for informed staff, wether they are selling liberty mountain or Petzl.
We are damn small niche market lest we forget.
But poor Bucketboater having to suffer a little backlash for judging us horrible "poverty rafters".......