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Old 07-22-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hey parts department, check out the internet!

I work for a small business and most of that business is from local repeat customers. Having said that, I realize that this is a global economy and the second I stop providing competitive prices, I'm done. So why can't my local RV dealer get that? Everything in their 892 page catalog is significantly more expensive than on the web, and most of that will get shipped to my door for free. And I'm not talking about a couple of dollars. Most items are at least 50% more.

I want to give my business to my local RV dealer, but I can't just throw money away. I'm thinking about having a conversation with the parts manager, but you never know how they might take that. Is your local guy competitive with pricing? How much do you shop around before making a gear purchase?
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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I always go on line and I went on line to buy my TV. Got 5 on line bids for my VW Touareg and would never have been able to get that price if I just walked into a dealership.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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Just like marinas, the RV dealers assume that if you can afford an expensive RV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, etc. then you can afford to pony up for parts at the dealer. I'll let the wealthy support the local dealer and I'll support Amazon.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:13 PM   #4
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Being in Canada it's even worst, lucky me I'm only 45min from the boarder. I had this discussion with some local parts store before and none of them can compete with those prices online, I know I don't encourage my local economy but money is hard to earn so I take time to shop wisely, like you say 50% and even saw 75% off for the same item!!!
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Mostly dealers don't get because people buy from them in-spite of the prices.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:43 PM   #6
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Camping World is the one that amazes me. It seems that on MOST items they sell the pricing formula is LIST (MSRP) + COST + 10%. Very few items are reasonably priced. Even their "Club Member" prices are too high.
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My dealer is a wholesaler - however parts are list. They offer a 10% discount card to people who purchased their TT from them (a loyalty card)
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My dealer is a wholesaler - however parts are list. They offer a 10% discount card to people who purchased their TT from them (a loyalty card)
My dealer gives 10% discount for the first year. His discount prices are still uncompetitive.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:12 AM   #9
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I try to buy everything locally if I can, but the prices have to be somewhat cost-competitive. My salary has been frozen since 2008, so I have to be conscious of prices. If the locals make no attempt to compete with their prices, then they don't deserve my business.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:37 AM   #10
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I find that it depends on the item. Also many of the dealers have sub contract companies who manage the stock on the shelves as well as provide the catalogs to them. So the pricing falls to the contractor and not the dealer.

I would think that if you approached it from the standpoint that you are trying to buy from them but can't justify the huge markup for several items maybe they will listen.
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