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Hi I know this has been touched on briefly before but I am in a bit of a situation.

 

I like to support my local Tackle shop as they a good bunch who give me advice etc. I am looking to get another reel and they advised me on a particular reel @ £90 rrp. He offerered it to me @ £80.00 with some free line.

 

I have always been a bit of an internet user and have found it it £20.00 cheaper on the net inc delivery :roll:

 

What would you do? I like to save money but can't help thinking I should support them.

 

Thoughts appreciated :D

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hi mate if you can get it £20 cheaper then get it dont worry about the shop if you can get a bargain then get one,dont for get the reel is £90 but the shop didnt pay that for it

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Buy it off the net. £20 is a lot of bait and end tackle, and if you can save a few £ on 1 order, imagine what you could save over the year.

Unfortunately for the tackle shop owners, waters are becoming more expensive to fish, and syndicate prices are getting rediculous, bait is going out the door at rediculous prices, so money has to be saved somewhere, and that is at the expense of the high street knowledge base.

Blame the manufacturers who overprice the product in the first place.

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Buy it off the net. £20 is a lot of bait and end tackle, and if you can save a few £ on 1 order, imagine what you could save over the year.

Unfortunately for the tackle shop owners, waters are becoming more expensive to fish, and syndicate prices are getting rediculous, bait is going out the door at rediculous prices, so money has to be saved somewhere, and that is at the expense of the high street knowledge base.

Blame the manufacturers who overprice the product in the first place.

 

I would normally without hesitation but can't help feeling a bit guilty as he suggested the reel :?

 

Perhaps I should tell him and see if he can move a bit more?

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i do try and support my local shop, as it's only a small place specialising in just carp kit, and it can't be that easy for him. Plus the aftersales support is there if needed, i get to check stuff out before i buy it, and he makes me tea whilst i browse :D however, some items can be got a lot cheaper from the big mail-order places, and i do this at times if the local shop can't get to within a tenner or so of the price online.

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I'd at least give the tackle shop the chance to do you a deal. I wouldn't like to think of any of tackle shops I use going under :( but thanks to the internet times are changing. Tackle shop owners need to realise this, but be given the chance to compete.

 

£20 difference on a reel is a big saving, I know which I'd choose :wink:

 

Andy C.

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you sound almost worried about purchasing on the net.

 

go into ur tackle shop and tell him its cheaper online and if he'll match it. tackle shops owners know the deal with the internet and they know they need to play the game if they want to keep your business.

 

dont forget that tackle shops is still a business. and you as a customer are always going to go for the better deal.

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My local tackle shop is Angling Direct (essex), then there is Wickford Angling near my work.

 

So i doubt that my tackle shops will miss my trade!

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my local tackle shop is utter rubbish, it doesn't stock any known brand products. i dont go near the place anymore i just travel a bit further to a better shop, but even that sells tackle quite high in price. order off the internet, i do most of the time.

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you sound almost worried about purchasing on the net.

 

go into ur tackle shop and tell him its cheaper online and if he'll match it. tackle shops owners know the deal with the internet and they know they need to play the game if they want to keep your business.

 

dont forget that tackle shops is still a business. and you as a customer are always going to go for the better deal.

 

I am always buying on the net and love a bargain :wink:

 

Thanks for your thoughts, will speak to him. He is coming on a day session soon with me and my mates so he will see the reel anyway.

 

I don't mind paying a bit extra for the personal service but £20 is alot :shock:

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Get it off the net mate.

Dont forget thats his job to recommend and give you info.

I am sure you have put plenty of money his way in the past and will put money his way in the futute to.

Save your £20 and then you can treat yourself to another £20s worth of tackle in his shop.

Everyones a winner then.

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Bit of a dilemma really. Buying off the I-net and you may put your local Tackle Shop out of business. Yet you want to save £20 on the cheapest possible deal, as we all do. Maybe try to barter with him and get it down.

 

 

I'm lucky in that My local Tackle Shop is also a Main Dealer and will Price Match.

 

Some of the major Tackle Manufacturers have really shafted the smaller Tackle Shops. Companies like Daiwa, Shimano etc now have Regional Dealers. These Regional Dealers supply all the smaller Tackle shops, yet at the Trade Price. The Regional Dealer gets an additional Discount on the Trade, and so are able to offer a Bigger discount on Retail Price. Not fair to the smaller Tackle shops is it really?

Thing is if the Local Tackle Shops go out of business will you be able to get a Mail Order Pint of Maggots delivered to your door?

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Thing is if the Local Tackle Shops go out of business will you be able to get a Mail Order Pint of Maggots delivered to your door?

 

Bought both lob worms and meal worms on-line. :wink: It's only a matter of time.

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Personally I like to see some items of tackle, in the flesh before parting with cash. This is one requirement the internet can't provide, tackle manufacturers should bare this in mind.

 

Andy C.

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I'm the same.

 

Plus with having a play with Tackle before it leaves the shop you can also check for many faults. Less problem for a Shop to send a Faulty item back than for you to have to deal with it.

 

Especially since its the Dealer who sold it to you who gives you the Manufacturers Guarantee, not the Manufacturer direct! So if an item is Faulty the first port of call should be the Tackle Shop, NOT the manufacturer direct!

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Ahhh, the good old internet v shop debate!

 

Had this one many a time when I was into RC Cars and used to buy spare parts from Japan/USA (you got to love the week $).

 

Whilst I will admit to buying larger Items from the Internet, In my recent big spend I brought new rods and Bivvy on line and the sleeping bag, chair and reels from my local tackleshop. Have to say I got just as good a deal on the latter 3 as I did on the Bivvy and rods. Shops, not just tackle ones, can give a deal if you push. Classic example is a Gas Hob I brought recently. Currys wanted £250 for it, I resereved it on line for £200 went back to the shop and brought it for £200 there!

 

Problem with the net is it takes away that thril of rumaging around a tackle shop, speaking to the owner and seeing stuff you normally wouldnt use. I have often brought bits and bobs from a tackle shop that I wouldnt have thought of buying on line. This has led to me learning new tactics or improving my own skills.

 

Another thing to consider is that I have on the odd occasion brought stuff from E Bay etc thinking it will do the job only to find that it is cheap junk that waste's space in the tackle box and money from the bank. At least in a tackle shop you can have a play and feel of the goods before parting with your cash.

 

One last thought. If we all brought from online shops and the local tackle shops went bust would we still get new blood into the sport/hobby? Or would we just attract Chavgos Carpers? And what about those need it now items? Delivery for Monday is no good if your hitting the lake on a Friday afternoon.

 

NitroNick

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I work less than half a mile from my local/internet store. England Angling. Thats quite lucky as i like to get in the shop and have a touchy feel of things before the debit card gets produced :lol:

 

Also think of the aftersales side as well, internet can be cheaper but if it breaks how quick a turnaround can you get etc etc. Sometimes worth paying more money for better long term aftersales service from a local shop?

 

Yorkrob

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For small bits here and there- tackle shop

but bigger stuff defo internet, if i owned a tackle shop the first thing i would do is set up an online store aswell,and a mail order.

i think its about stayin ahead/with the game

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What evers the cheaper! I wouldnt risk rods or reels though!! I prefere to see and feel what I spend £100's on.. Good thing is that my local Tackle shop MARK's expensive items so if they break in the future they offer cheap repairs... but since ive started fishing 20 odd years ago i havent found many FRIENDLY tackle shops most r really clicky and moody... dunno why?

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