In your theory of 'proper' business, we should be curtailing this, restrict our business area to NOT negatively intrude upon a hard working competitor. In fact, maybe we should avoid Aldergrove west, and Chilliwack so as not to damage the "business balance".
So,,,,which shop do you own???
Last edited by Steve G.; 03-18-2012 at 05:12 PM.
Itching for a banning aren't you?
In before the lock.
Long Live Shervin Of The North!
Why the hell WOULDN'T someone buy something in the US if they can save 5+ grand on it. Clearly not to support assholes like you; let's see you make up that price difference in service savings and then come and argue. If not, go fuck yourself and take your moot argument with you. I'm all for supporting local if they're competitive (Bayside and Holeshot have both hit it out of the park in the gear/accessories department for me). Unfortunately when it comes to buying a new / very pricey bike (if I ever do that) it's across the border for me. If either of my Canadian bought bikes ever break down in Kelowna I'm getting it towed to the next closest town - eat shit pal.
2014 899 Panigale
2008 DRZ-400 SM
2006 GSX-R 750 (crashed - naked Frankenstein rebuild in progress)
I've often wondered what would happen if I was to buy a used bike in Canada, took it to my nearest dealer wanting to spend money for a tune-up, only to find it originated in the USA. Then to be told that even though I wanted to spend money there, I was now considered a second class customer because of the machines' former status. I find the whole thing totally bizzarre that a business would find my money less 'acceptable' than anothers, for any reason. If my business did this, we'd be run out of town within 6 months.
I remember back when our Canadian $ was in the .63 - .75 cent region, at least 30%of local shops currently operating in Metro Vancouver were doing big business buying up used bikes here and shipping them to the states, and Japan. They were in fact shipping off potential business for their service and accessory divisions. Now, when I hear moaning about "horribly unpatriotic Canadian bike buyers" looking beyond borders to buy, all I see is a business not adapting to new fiscal reality, besides being hypocrites. Richmond Motorsports sold tons of bikes out of our province, now they're gone. Tell me there's no parallel.
We all know about the old John Valk BMW/Ducati who was charging 100% more on labour if the bike was not sold new in Canada, as well as putting their service on a 'standbye' system of booking in. I personally know 8 buddies with BMW's, and all 8 still refuse to go near that shop even though John Valk is long gone and even a new name. This kind of attitude that his shop had simply made me laugh,,,,that damage is long lasting!!!
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Hasn't ssblade been banned yet?
I dunno here. ssblades business (or more specifically, where he works) has made a choice to push any known US 'new' purchased bikes to the back of the line service-wise. Fair enough. Do what you will.
The dealers up here are put in the shitty spot by the mfg's, with their seemingly random Canadian pricing. You can't fault buyers for going state side to purchase. You can't blame the dealers for feeling a bit slighted, having given their time to people who just purchase stateside.
But at the end of the day, the reality is that the bikes are cheaper down south. The dealer has to adapt (read: push back against the manufacturers) or go under. It would seem to me to turn service work away out of spite is a bit counter-productive to business survival.
But that's just me. If the rest of you wish to continue with the mud-slinging, most of the Mods are probably still pissed from the Daytona party, so you probably got another few hours before this shit is shut down.
And the last thing I'll say is that when the dollar was so far off the other way, find me a business in Canada that wasn't trying to sell state-side. Good for the goose, good for the gander. Adapt until it changes again.