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Internet goods not cheap

2002-01-21 02:28:52+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Via /., a Business 2.0 article talking about how prices from internet vendors aren't necessarily low. The article's pretty fluffy, but... Charlene and I both want to get new inline skates. My venerable old Rollerblade Lightnings are showing their age, it'd be nice to get something with stiffer trucks, and I'm even considering something with grind plates (although that's a big compromise on road skating ability), and she's been using rentals. So we did some web searches, didn't show up many skates under $300. Went down to Skates on Haight before skating in Golden Gate Park, and had trouble finding anything over $250. I'm sure they're different brands, but that the range of skates offered on the various sites that showed up on net searches all seemed to be extremely high end seems indicative that looking in meatspace is the better start.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:36+00 by: Larry Burton

With Nick playing roller hockey, I've found it to be a mixed bag. The best deal I've found for buying skates online has been at http://www.netskate.com/ but most other places either the prices are just out of line of the line of skates they carry is just far above anything I've been looking for. Skate accessories for hockey can be found cheaper online than offline, at least looking at the stores in Chattanooga.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:36+00 by: Dan Lyke

So accessories are cheaper online, but skates aren't? Interesting, 'cause accessories are a fairly generic thing (Large kneepads are likely to fit me), skates are more personal.

I need to learn a bit more about 'em, they look like they've got some detriments for the type of skating I do, but the PIC Skates look expensive, but really cool for the more artistic skating. Since I'm not a fan of grinding, if I want to take street skating anywhere it's going to be with jumps and spins.

And I've ordered a copy of How To Jump and Spin on Inline Skates, given that even in my best days most of my jumps were two-footed take-offs, I'd like to learn how to really pull an axel.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:36+00 by: Shawn

It probably depends a bit on what you're shopping for. The stuff I typically buy online (books, software, anime, computer accessories/peripherals, etc.) is definately cheaper there - or often can't be found at all in convenient meatspace.

I'd never buy something like skates online though - I need to try stuff like that on and take a spin around the store/parking lot.