Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
As a guy who's spent his life as a marketer, selling stuff to people, I agree about the seat thing. And yet, I also understand the dynamic. Like it or not, the company that chops $500 of the price of the bike by putting a crappy seat on it will always do better, generally, than the company that 'does everything just so' and it costs more. Don't like it, but that's the reality.
Now that you mention it, I agree to always 'ask for the deal' at a retailer. Show 'em the online price and ask to match it, etc. Hell, I'd even be willing to pay 10% more, e.g., to buy at a local store, with someone to help, able to try things on, etc.
Also, at cyclegear in particular and knowing how retail works. If your heart is set on a jacket that's not on sale this week, you might ask if they'll give it to you at the sale price. Many stores have a 30-day price-match guarantee or similar and if they know it's going on sale, they'll just give you the price. Also, many retailers have a standing option for the manager to give __% off discretionarily. In jewelry retail, the world I know best, nearly all stores will do that, giving you the 'sale' price, if you ask.
I probably buy half my bike stuff on Amazon (and am a Prime member). That's equal parts a) I know I can return it if there's a problem, b) selection available I simply can't get locally and c) free 2-day shipping...
2007 V-Star 1300