I did something the other day that I’m having second thoughts about.
I wanted to get a Superflash for my son’s bike. Just like last night, I wanted to make sure he had a good light in case he got caught somewhere after dark.
So I did a quick search on the ‘net and found an Ebay seller that has them for just under $20, shipped. Then I went out to Pedal Pushers. They had them in stock for $27. I grimmaced a little and explained my dilemma. Jim brought the price down a few bucks, but explained that he couldn’t match $20. That was good enough for me, figuring it was worth a few bucks difference not having to worry about mail order, and the whole instant gratification thing. Plus, I was giving my LBS some business.
Here’s the rub. No one is getting rich by selling bicycles. Pedal Pushers is a great shop and has treated me really, really well; and I wonder if asking them to lower the price was the right thing. The alternative would have been not to buy the light from them at all.
Did I do the right thing?