Craz Z wrote: I really dont think the consumers owe a shop anything its the manufacturers owe it to the shop.
Exactly, after all it is the shops that are actually selling the kites....making the money for the manufacturer
I guess i need to expand my short answer. What I meant was consumers dont owe a local shop a thing when there are better deals and other brands for cheaper which is the problem for owning a shop. ultimately why do the shops have all the risk and the manufacturers have very little. Why do shop owners hype products they sell and the manufactuerer remains silent.?
I don't think anyone is hating on shops I like them go to them buy some stuff just like everyone else but I don't see the logic of handing a extra tip to a local shop just cause they are there this is only on big purchases like a 2000$kite. Feel free to rape me on small purchases when my equipment is broke and you have it and i need it. thats all im saying.
I can understand your frustration and i know you're not alone the new direct to customer model may or may not hurt the shop biz we'll see but i can tell its not going to be like the way it is now. I often times wonder how you guys do it with all the secondary shit that goes on, used bro-deal off season. Its not your fault or anyones but i would throw some blame back at the manufactuerer as they got shop owners in this mess and while they still get all their margins you will be slashing yours to hang on.
Why does the shop have to pay for kites upfront or shortly after sale ahead of time to help plan the manufactuers production so they lose less money?
Why does the shop have to pay for demo's let people beat them and then try to sell at the end of the year to get their money back?
Why do shops have to sit on their hands and pay all the overhead during off-season?
Why do shops get even better discounts for volume securing the manufacturer to customer brand loyalty while the other brands get snuffed out cause they won't do the same. and if they did could you afford having another large load of kites that may or may not sell?
Why do shops exist when faced with all these potential loses when the manufacturer gets paid?
My hat is off to you guys keep up the good work
my equation is most people that buy fords look at the price shop, fly, buy whatever it takes to get a deal and the bentley owner writes a check never asks for a deal and is only concerned about what color he/she gets. most of us are ford owners