How much extra can a lbs charge?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by nigelb, 11 Apr 2010.

  1. nigelb

    nigelb New Member


    Think I'll be buying a Dawes Tanami shortly, lbs (who were very helpful) want £449.99, its available online for £335 inc delivery.

    I appreciate the lbs help, don't mind paying for it, but £114 (that's a 30% surcharge for buying it locally, and they don't have it in stock).

  2. xpc316e

    xpc316e Senior Member

    Why not be honest? Tell them that you want to support them, but show them what the bike is available for online. Ask them what their best price is and see what they come up with.
  3. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    My LBS (Now closed) told me they could not match Evans and the like on price for major names. They just could not carry the amount of stock needed to get the same discounts.
    You could try telling them how much you could get it for on line and see if they can do you a deal with free servicing or similar thrown in.
  4. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Meanwood, Leeds
    Local bike shops are not charging extra. The online suppliers are charging less.
  5. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    It's not the LBS's fault really - they have to pay rent for the shop and Business Rates on top of that - that's easily up to £20k a year before they have sold anything! Add on the wages for the knowledgeable shop assistant and the fact that they are selling lower numbers of the bike and that's your difference.

    I don't mind buying off the internet as I do all my own maintenance.
  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    one of my lbs' reckons that he makes more money from servicing than from sales. when i've told him i can get xx cheaper online, he usually just advises me to do so, even though he knows i can do most of my own mechanics these days.
  7. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    have you offered them cash ?
  8. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Bugbrooke UK
    That's pretty much the tale in the motor industry as well.
  9. kettle

    kettle Senior Member

    Ladybank, Fife

    294.99 delivered

    Prices are easier to understand in a Turkish market.
  10. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    sunny Leicester
    We make very little selling tricycles at the RRP and would make nothing if we discounted. You can buy Mission stuff much cheaper off the internet, but they aren't around when it needs servicing.

    And a lot of these internet places are just and office and website, they make a sale and get the importer/distributor to send the box out direct.
  11. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    Drop shipping is quite a common way for e-commerce websites to work. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, if you get it quickly and pay a good price.
  12. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    sunny Leicester

    Yep, but these places are putting the squeeze on LBS and where will people go to get their bikes fixed if they close?

    Running a bike shop isn't going to make anyone rich and very, very few make much of a profit.
  13. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    I think its quite funny that the OP states the LBS are charging extra, when in reality they are just charging RRP.

    I buy everything at the best price i can afford, wherever i can get it, and i can't afford to pay RRP on many parts.
  14. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    I make a point of spending a proportion of my yearly cycling budget in my local bike shop - I go often enough that I am known by sight - and as a regular customer I have got some very good deals on bits and pieces - also they will sometimes do the odd things as a favour - notwithstanding that - being able to purchase on the web gives me access to a much greater choice than my lbs is able to stock
  15. Norm

    Norm Guest


    I've had a fair few favours from my LBS and, better still, they have proved competitive on pricing too. :tongue:
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