I just think all bike shops should not make as much on bikes and sell them at cost that way all bikes will be cheap!!
i really do hope that was a joke comment. i did my time in the bike trade, i know how hard i worked, and i know the profit margin of good but small single shops, one of which is also an orange dealer.
would you go to work if you made little or no money?
good independent bike shops have to fight the mail order giants, ebay, chains like evans, halfords, cycle surgery, and now the supermarket numpties, on top of that they don't get the volume discount rates that the bigger companies can get yet are expected to discount to the mail order price and still include thier customer service and free fitting.
the bike trade was the hardest work i have ever done, the most time consuming and at times was the most frustrating.
there is a common joke in the bike trade:-
"how do you mike a million quid in the bike trade?"
"start off with 5 million quid!"
sorry for the rant but that comment just boiled my piss.
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