Didn't take you long to cry about someone mentioning Switch, lolGraemeF wrote: ↑Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:47 pmAh I wondered how long it would take, enter Switch victim stage left.
Besides secretly competing in giving a break on price below MSRP, what added value exactly a remote kite shop provides by selling someone a kite in a box which could be bought from another dozen places?
GraemeF wrote: ↑Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:33 pmThere's no need for that, I'm happy enough you're not a Switch rider doing his 'duty' and you have my sincere apologies once again for any perceived personal insult to that end. I'm right out of practise and either the firmware or my browser keeps logging me out at every post, so unless I copy what I've written or edited, it all goes pear shaped or vanishes.
I'll try to be serious here for the moment and explain why it is important for there still to be kite stores, apart from the obvious convenience for kiters wanting kit, spares, & advice especially in their early years, the most important thing is visibility that the sport can support such a device. It gives potential newcomers confidence as well as all the other stuff, it shows it's not some mickey mouse sport of the margins likely as not to vanish as another fad.grigorib wrote: ↑Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:59 pmBesides secretly competing in giving a break on price below MSRP, what added value exactly a remote kite shop provides by selling someone a kite in a box which could be bought from another dozen places?
We need instructors, rental shops, repair shops, clearance sales, gear immediate available locally when needed. But I'm not sure what value shops adds when selling/shipping you a kite by mail.
Speaking of bragging with the KOA jump record - you paid a prorider not to ride anything else, how do we know he's not going to perform better on gear from competing brands (which struts don't explode mid-air, bars don't snap in half, low-V allows self-landing on either side, which gets on sale for 50% off following year, etc...). It's not the horse which won the race, it's the athlete who used great gear.
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