This is Mikey T from Pinewski's. I am using this account to let all of you online buying folks know what the real deal is. First of all, if you are going to "debate" any issue, proper grammar and spelling is a must for anyone to be taken seriously. So, since you are so keen on using the computer for your purchasing, for your sake, please learn how to use spell check.
Let me give you a little lesson pertaining to online vs. brick and mortar. The Internet has been a curse and blessing for all local shops. I've been involved in this industry for 20 years, and I've been part of the Pine family for over 10. During this time I have seen ski/snowboard shops rise and fall. Yet we still grew. As the Internet and online buying blew up and completely fucked up the market, we still grew.
"The bottom line" is not money my friend. The bottom line is much more complex, so try to follow along. Have you ever rode a line, or rode powder so intense that the only way to express how you felt is by using body language and human interaction to convey that same feeling? Have you ever been out skiing and had an issue with your skis not performing the way you want them too, and you are so damn frustrated that you want to give up? Have you ever been on a trip that had so many memories that the only people that would truly understand the importance of every memory are those that have experienced it time and time again? Have you ever met a man that has put his family through hell and dedicated his life to an industry that we take for granted? If you cannot answer a confident yes to any of those questions, then you belong where you are. Nothing more than a sales order number and a statistic to the online industry.
Local shops know people by first names and greet them as friends. We know who is getting married and who is having kids. We know who got wrecked on trips and in comps. We know who is moving up in the levels of competition and support them in any way we can.
The truth is, if the industry loses it's human interaction, then there will be no industry left. So keep buying online, keep contributing to companies that could care less about how your last trip was, or if your new gear is working well for you. Keep contributing to those faceless, mindless, emotionless companies that tag the customer number to you and only care if your credit card goes through.
So, when you finally reach Wizard Level on Dragons and Goblins or what ever the newest video game is, when you’re done searching for free porn, when you’re done looking for any deal that an Internet site will whore out, then stop in here. We'll greet you as a friend, fix those skis that aren't performing for you, share our stories about powder and perfect lines, and introduce you to a man that respects every part of an industry that he has supported for over 20 years. You can meet Dan, a man that gives respect to an industry that has given the same respect back to him for keeping the local business alive.