i don't think i have missed the point, i do ride to work regularly, and yes it is a hire purchase, and the purchase price of the bike is limited to a max of £20 at the end of the year but the nominal charge is £10, at which point the bike will be mine.
i do think you are right though about the scheme, i think it will fold at some point just like the tax incentive for computers a couple of years ago. people have and will continue to blag stuff with it, most of the people who were interested in getting bikes at work through the scheme were asking things like can i buy 4 bikes? 1 for me, 1 for the wife, and 1 each for the kids, they just looked on it as a discount with no intent of riding to work. and strangely enough the rep said if we don't know it won't hurt us!
the way in which i am using the scheme is within the guidelines of being under a grand and from one of their listed suppliers, so what's the problem?
i'm buying a bike with a genuine intent to use it, and not just for going to work.
it's weird this thread that i started here,
i didn't mean to start something negative, especially in my direction.
keep in mind that i was after advice on this issue so that i could get something i wanted and preferably from where i wanted which is my right as a consumer, or should we accept that tescos is the only place to buy food? and forever disregard the local butcher/baker etc. actually, both local butcher/baker have closed up after tesco moved in locally, and i don't want that to happen to my local bike shop because of the giants like halfords, evans, chain reaction, wiggle etc.
i've noticed overtime on this forum(love it by the way) that 9 times out of 10 people on this forum don't like halfords (me being one of them) and quite a few people are also a little, for want of a better way of putting it, anti establishment, so you'd think that people would be saying fairplay mate you're getting something back out of the big tax pot for a change!
i feel like people are having a go at me for buying a bike to actually use it at a very rare bonus of a tax break (after having never claimed a penny off this or any other government since my mum got child benefit for me) and being down on me because i want to buy from an independant instead of a consumer giant.
as an example or comparison i don't like using mail order but i don't have a moan when someone posts yet another link to chain reaction every five minutes for a part that is in most lbs. as i've said before i will flag wave for the local bike shop everytime (assuming they are good). i also wonder if people do read the entire thread before they comment because sometimes people write something that if they read what was said earlier they might have commented in a different way.
please don't think i'm being an arse and this isn't directed at anyone inparticular (except the start coz it was an answer to a question) but i don't get it, what's the problem? why can't the people who have used the scheme offer advice (thanks to those that did
) and those who don't have the benefit of the scheme but would like to, just say, fairplay mate what you gonna get you lucky sod?
i don't begrudge anyonelse getting a bargain, and some of you guys have had some beauties that i am really jealous of, i just say to myself, bugger, missed that one, nice bike you got there mate! but this time i have a benefit, please just be happy for me!!
sorry if you feel this is a rant, it's not meant to be, just wanna set the record straight as to why i want to support the independant shops.
hitting the sack now, long ride tomorrow
before starting a nightshift!
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