I guess unless everyone else pays for the exotic trips and the gear from there it will fold up...However I see it a little different. They make alot more from classes than gear if they treat us right. I paid 140 bucks for a nitrox class. The manual, DVD, and dive tables were 40 bucks...like it cost that to print it. so 100 smackaroos for me to sit for 2 hours and watch a video and answer 25 questions. Then I do the dives which I pay to do also. So for one night they made 800 bucks for 2 hours of class time? Yep they did and good for them. Now when they try to sale me something for 2 times the price that I can find it somewhere else? I am all for keeping them alive but we have to get sane here.
I drive some of the most gas guzziling toys in the world but when I can drive 2 hours to another shop and beat the price and still come out ahead? Example #1 This past weekend I bought a spare air from Divers Supply which happens to be internet store but I drove to local branch while on my way to dive site. I paid 229.00 for my Spare Air(dive buddy for the day). Local shop that you wish for me to support has the exact same setup for 299.99. I saved 70 bucks by getting it there while on my way. Had I went for just that I would have only saved 40 due to gas prices. So would you rather make the money or not sale it at all? I offered to buy it for 250.00 and they said no. So end result I guess that the non local shop made 10-20 bucks from it. The local shop on the other hand made 0 but could have made the 10-20 and then some had they came down on the price. It took a whole 3 minutes for me to go in and come out with my new Spare Air and I can say 10 bucks for 3 miutes of time is not bad.
I know where you are going to go now and don't try it because I have done the homework on it. They both pay the same price for it and one doesn't get it cheaper for buying in bulk. They are the same cost to them no matter how many you buy. My wifes uncle is dive instrutor/shop owner and gave this up due to fact that he doesn't care if he sales to us or not, he only gives the truth. He could have got Spare Air for me cheaper but with shipping and time it was not going to work. The time was 2 days and that's insane shipping cost. I can get things at cost from him when I am willing to wait for them and pay the shipping. He actually will tell us places to find things cheaper than he can find them sometimes. Some things are better priced when sold in bulk.
[ 10-12-2005, 01:48 AM: Message edited by: scubashep ]