That would be Top Gear and that phil dude wouldnt it? They are probably the only spyderco sellers in the whole country lol. But 8 hours drive away from me.Freman wrote:I do shop at local knife shops, although New Zealand has a limited range of companies selling over the counter (two locally). I do buy most of my knives online though.
THIS. The problem with online buying is that you make mistakes in sizing, hand fit, and visual appeal by buying things based on a picture on a computer screen. Is it worth 10-20% more to be able to see how an item fits in your hand, see what it looks like in 3D, see what it looks like in your hand, etc. vs. a picture? What about the knowledge of the store owner or sometimes even, salesperson? How do you put a value on -- "Oh, you want to use if for THAT?? It will not hold up for THAT, what you need is THIS." That guy just saved you 100% of something that wouldn't have met your needs.Invective wrote: I could spend an hour and a half in there and not realize that any time had passed. I guess what I'm saying is, yeah it's cheaper online but is that worth losing the ability to go to a shop, chat with the employees, handle the knives to see how they feel and experience the knife before you buy it? To me it is. .
We live in a free market. IF companies were making a ton of money with their pricing, another company, or another person, who knew they could make a decent profit and still sell it for 10% oe 20% less, who open up shop. The reason we DON'T have a knife shop within 30 minute drive of most people is that they don't make enough money.RanCoWeAla wrote: I have a Sage 2 that I paid $157.00 for and that's the most expensive Spyderco I own. It cannot possibly cost that much to make a knife when you're talking about two handle scales and a blade. It I was guessing I would say somewhere in the neighborhood of $35-$40 for an average G10 VG10 knife maybe even less. So if you pay full retail you're getting ripped off big time.
Yeah I always feel so guilty when I walked into the old store and they took the time to show me knives and recommend others based on what I had/liked. I remember someone at Bass Pro Shop pretty much had to talk me out of buying a Case Toothpick because I felt bad about being there for an hour just browsing, talking and looking over the knives.DunninLA wrote:
The worst person of ALL, is the one who will abuse the services of a brick and mortar store by going there to touch, feel, see an item, then walk out, and buy that same item online for 10-20% less. That person is the reason why in not too many years, there won't be any brick and mortar stores in which you can touch and feel stuff.
I wouldn't have a problem with that kind of markup. Around here, except for gun & knife shows full MSRP or higher was standard. Pretty much all eventually go out of business too. Even Becks.I throw my B&M a bone here and there for letting me play with the merchandise. I very often go handle it there and then buy online though. They are usually $20 higher than online and often more than that