/ Current offers on cams
Needle Sport look to have some decent offers at the mo, DMM 4CU for £30 and Wild Country Heliums for £35.
I got some for 34.19 by price matching at Go Outdoors.
Thanks all, those are some good offers that I'll browse through this evening.
Although the advertised colour scheme on theoutdoorshop web page is a bit off-putting...!
People complain that independents are too expensive and then when one puts a really good offer on the latest cams everyone flocks to go outdoors for the sake of £3.50. I'm generally the last person to say that people should (morally speaking) pay the extra at independents but if one puts on a good offer then pricematching with a big store to save £3.50 seems a little OTT.
> one puts on a good offer then pricematching with a big store to save £3.50 seems a little OTT.
It's not nearly as specialist as those are imho.
> It's not nearly as specialist as those are imho.
I concur . :)
The Go Outdoors price match gave you 10% off so you spent ~£2000 on cams?
Crikey, I'm sure if you'd phoned up the Outdoor Shop they'd have offered you a similar discount!
you didn't save £200 over buying them from the outdoorshop though did you!
BTW I'm not criticising, personally I just buy from where ever is cheaper end of! I will tend to try and buy things from shops that I've gone in to look at / try stuff on though.
I assume that those of you who are preaching and moralising about this never set foot in a supermarket because that would make you very hypocritical.
Yep, the Outdoor Shop is a one off independent that realised reasonably early on that the only way to maintain the bricks and mortar business when based in the Midlands was to have a half decent internet presence.
They've moved location since I left the area but I assume they are still the same company, staffed by people who know what they are talking about.
Go Outdoors was once a one off independent, CCC in Sheffield. They have since expanded and, imo, reduced the quality of product and service as a result. They are also going the way of TKMaxx, getting companies to manufacture products for them specifically but with lower quality fabrics/manufacture to sell at a price point, making you believe you are getting more of a saving than you are.
As to supermarkets, I shop in a mix of supermarkets (the Co-op) and local independents. I donít, however, find a product I like discounted in a local independent then go to a large supermarket and buy it from them on a price match.
I still can't get over the fact you spent £2000 on cams, were you off to the States?
> I still can't get over the fact you spent £2000 on cams, were you off to the States?
No, I worded the post badly. The comparison was against the full RRP.
Fair dos. I'm thinking of treating myself to a big Camalot for the Outdoor Shop now.....
> Go Outdoors was once a one off independent, CCC in Sheffield. They have since expanded and, imo, reduced the quality of product and service as a result.
CCC = Camping and Caravanning Centre. They were never a climbing independent. Since it's success, it has added Climbing, Horse Riding, Fishing and Bikes.
It's a bit of a gamble if you need some advice on these because they are mainly retailers not end users. Some times you get lucky though.
I think on the whole decathalon is better than gooutdoors. Been in to gooutdoors several times over the last year or so looking for slightly specialist kit (light waterproofs, good softshells, ice climbing gloves, light weight 40 - 50l ruck sacks etc) and left very disappointed.
Exactly, I'm British, I hate success.........
No, what Iím saying is shop in stores that stock quality good and provide the service and knowledge that help you make an informed choice.
Donít patronise shops that were a business as described above but now offer an inferior product range and service in order to chase a ďcheap buckĒ.
> CCC = Camping and Caravanning Centre. They were never a climbing independent.
Well, it was an independant, as it was a one off, and there was a climbing section back in 1998 when I first went there but as it was all connected to the Edge, I guess the climbing part might have been owned but the Edge and not CCC. It was a different store to the Go Outddors that exist now though.
I would agree that if you go into a shop and receive good service and advice that it would be petty to not spend a small amount extra in order to give them your business. Indeed in the past I have done exactly that.
But when you'd like to do that in the future, the shop no longer exists because everyone has spent their money in Go Outdoors on a price match and the only place left to buy the product is Go Outdoors which, not only has a poorer selection and service but also can now hike it's prices as the competition has disappeared! (Exaggerated scenario I know but...)
No, it's that we should go where the specialism is...
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