Last edited by hillmar; 04-09-2012 at 06:18 PM.
"Made in USA/Germany/Japan" often now only means "assembled in...."
Very few things are 100% made in our country anymore, costs are just too high in the first world to produce products that can compete with 3rd world made stuff...
And don't be fooled lots of stuff made or assembled in the first world is no better than stuff from china, Malaysia, philipeans, etc....
That said, about tw only thing I'd be weary of from china and such places is food products and children's toys....
Mitch -- 2012 HD Nightrod special - denim black, aka: "bacon"
A bunch of fun cars too!
Wanna bump this thread for your local motorcycle shops.
Walked into Imperial and Modern. I notice pricing was at the very least...on par with internet pricing...if not slightly better.
If you notice an outrageous price...don't hesitate to ask for a price match.
Factor in taxes and yea you do pay a bit more but worth it to try on gear before you buy.
Also the cliche "supporting your local economy"
I think it's one thing to support local businesses like pazzo... and it's an entirely different scenario to buy gear made in Asia that's shipped to the US before Canadian merchants make their 10-15% off you. I don't really feel bad when I choose to save money in a competitive market. Also when you shop around online, you have a lot more options.
I started buying locally, but lately I've been checking prices on canada's motorcycle and found a lot of closeout prices that were great deals.
Have a jacket coming that's a closeout and marked down from 270.00 to 89.00. The selection is larger and the pricing is great. I'd like to buy more locally, but I haven't found much pricing is comparible. If it's a 20-40.00 difference I wouldn't care, but when I can find something for 100.00 less online, well, sorry I'm mostly likely going to buy it online.
Well I'd buy things locally if the differences, like you guys mentioned, was under $50. However the savings are typically much more if you're buying high-end gear. My mentality nowadays is that I'm just gonna buy the flagship model for gear online and save myself a few hundred bucks. Bought Sidi Vortice for $395 instead of $700 + tax = close to $800 in Vancouver. Kind of a no brainer even with duty, tax, etc.
I mean, I've bought a $400 jacket in a Vancouver dealership when it was going for $160 at sportbiketrackgear. I think I know my size at this point. Let the savings begin!
Yeah if there's that much of a difference then ordering it is a bit of a no-brainer. Most of my gear is pretty high-end as well but I've been pretty lucky locally I guess. When it comes to some of the blowout sales like STG has, though, I don't think any local shop can beat that - if there are still 'normal' sizes and colors left.
IMO, Blowout prices aren't applicable to this discussion.
Of course you'll see huge discounts because they're older models, fugly colors and left-over sizing.
This bargain hunting only works if you have gear already and can wait for closeout prices.
I bought my boots, helmet and gloves from http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/.
I placed my order on the phone, talked to a guy called Marc. He was awesome, gave me good advice when i was confused between a couple of pair of gloves and even knocked the price down an additional $20.00. and free shipping for over $99.00. All my stuff fit perfectly, i guess i got lucky. But they have hassle free exchanges and returns too. I'll be going back to them if i need anything in future.
Life is unfair, get over it and move on!!
Stopped in at Imperial for gloves. Great customer service. Tried on about 10 pairs and left with a comfortable pair of gloves at a good price. Not much more than on line pricing. Thanks to those that made the recommendation.