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Do you test before you buy?
yes, always 28%  28%  [ 30 ]
no, never 20%  20%  [ 22 ]
sometimes 32%  32%  [ 35 ]
I will do so for my next buy 18%  18%  [ 20 ]
I did in the past, but not anymore 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:22 pm 
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i buy Best stuff, and return it if i don't like it or it explodes....

they've been cool about it so far.... i've kept more stuff than i've returned, but the 30-day free return deal is pretty useful.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:43 pm 
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I dont have much opportunity to test, but honestly, I dont see much difference from kite to kite to really say one is "better" than another. I buy based on the best price I can get for the given size and features. I have a quiver of many brands.

So, choice comes down to money and service, not nitpicking performance, since, like mentioned above, you arent going to learn much on a demo day. Basically if you ride well, then you think the kite rocks, and if you dont, then you think the kite sux. i have gotten some good deals in shops, from sellers on the internet, and from BEST. Best's return policy is a key factor in my doing business with them. You cant lose by trying their stuff!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Will you demo/test before you buy?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:14 pm 
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Toby wrote:
So let's see, if you want to try before you buy...


Hey Tobby,

Actually the test read "do you test before you buy"... where I have to say No...

But at the question "do you WANT" I would definetely say YES !!! :lol:

Well, the answers will be very different !!!


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Yes, always. The marketing dept. of some brands tell a lot of nice stories.
Better be safe than sorry, I prefer to test first !


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Not a lot of demos available in this area, so I usually have to buy first - but only after extensive research online.

It would be better to test beforehand, but very few shops/brands have every kite in every size available for demo.


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I would love to be albe to try before buying but you can imagine it is pretty difficult to test fly a kite here specially if there are no shops!!!!


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It would make sense. I do it sometimes but there seems to always be something in the way:
-no wind
- too much wind
- good wind, just get my trustworthy gear and go kiting, not going to bother, not a minute to loose
-no time
For boards:
Just try having feet size 48 (13 US); wind, boards, and yourself are finally on the same spot. Where is that bloody screw driver? I need to fix the straps! Fuck it I am going kiting ( with my own board of course :lol: )


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:00 pm 
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I'm a beginner, so I wouldn't know good from bad anyway.
Had to decide using the following rationale

What are others here using?
What does the nearest good dealer sell and support?
Has the brand a good reputation?
Will it have a secondhand value?
And then I crossed my fingers.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:20 pm 
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srrc wrote:
I'm a beginner, so I wouldn't know good from bad anyway.
Had to decide using the following rationale

What are others here using?
What does the nearest good dealer sell and support?
Has the brand a good reputation?
Will it have a secondhand value?
And then I crossed my fingers.


Beginners, don't try! Spare your mate's gear, please.
Forget rationale!
Just be a fashion victim!
pick the nicest colour and coolest graphics! That's number one.
If you don't know shit anyway, that's worth at least as much as the rest. that's how I picked my first set of kites, the colours were wicked! And it went all fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:33 pm 
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Very few opportunities to test before I buy. Generally, I rely on forums like Kiteforum to get reviews from users before I decide.


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