/ Gear (lots of it) wanted
Needle Sports have some great deals on cams at the moment.
Not exactly what you're asking, but if you phone your local climbing shop and tell them that you want to buy lots of kit they'll probably do you a good price and order in anything they don't routinely stock.
Yeah, and independent shop is likely to give you a hefty discount for a large order. They did for me anyhoo.
Quite a few places sell 'starter' kits:
If you ring them up, I'd imagine they'd customise one for you and give you a discount.
I found the starter kits to all be about £50 quid more expensive than if you pieced a rack together from several other places, obviously it's a lot easier to do it this way but buying seperately you get to choose exactly what you want.
what sort of cams are you after, there is often full sets going second hand on here for about 100 quid (although I'd ask the age of these and account for the life span being about 10 years myself as you can't re-sling them with dyneema slings easily after this and often the springs go around this age...)
If you are after the cheapest functional cams new, the the 4CU at needle sports are unbeatable (28.50 each in bulk), otherwise the outdoor shop are doing a great deal on C4 and joe browns on dragons.
as for nuts the old style un annodised rocks can be bought 1->10 for under 50 quid ( http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Rock-Climbing-Equipment/Wires-Nuts/Standard-Wires/Classic-Rock... )
You then, as mentioned by others, have perhaps three basic options:
- buy online from the cheapest retailers for different items, or groups of items.
- go into a large store that advertises a 'price match' (e.g. Cotswolds, GoOutdoors).
- go into your local independent store with a copy of your shopping list and internet prices, ask to speak to the manager and see if he/she is willing to come to deal.
If there is a decent shop nearby, the third option is worth a go. If not, the first option is probably easiest as it is fairly likely that one shop will not stock absolutely everything you are after.
That said it is always worth taking you time and not impulse buying. I always have a long, detailed shopping list and wishlist of gear that I need so that I can take advantage of sales and special offers as and when I see them. Also, at least 30% of the time I end up buying things via ebay or the for sale/wanted forums here.
A 4th option is after making the list, spending your money in the shop where they're the nicest and most helpful to you, if not the cheapest.
I tend to flip between chasing bargains and the option above.
That's my approach these days, I don't really care if they're a couple of quid more expensive. (As long as it's not vastly more.)
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