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MEC = Dangerous

May 26, 2009, 2:12 p.m.
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Joined: April 5, 2007

last year i went in there to buy a pair of 5tens. the only pair of low tops they had in my size had been worn, and not in the store, on the trails. the shoes were dirty, had cleat marks on the soles. guy asks me if id buy them for a discount, went next door to cove to pick them up brand new for cheaper than mecs used sale price.

Bike shop ftw, mec FTL

a couple weeks ago i needed to buy hiking boots, didnt want to support mec but deakin didnt have the size of boots i wanted while mec did. im still pissed that i bought those boots from them. the only service i got from them was the kid who went into the back to get me a few sizes to try on. so much for them being gear experts. oh yeah the boots were 25 bucks cheaper at deakin then at MEC, i asked the lady after they price matched if i got anymore money off since no one actually helped me.

gear experts my ass, they are the canadian tire of outdoor gear.

i should have just waited until i was in comox to go to valhalla

end rant on shitty customer service

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

May 26, 2009, 2:31 p.m.
Posts: 9747
Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

there is a Valhalla a block from Mec. poopy selection IMO

I had a set of Fritchifreeride bindings break, I walked in MEC fixed em on the spot. they didnt even ask if I bought them there (which I didnt. I like the fact that we have a supermarket of outdoor gear with decent prices.

May 26, 2009, 3:04 p.m.
Posts: 18112
Joined: Oct. 28, 2003

Fuck the Sierra Club.

I'll have to agree with this.

here's their 15 year old policy on bikes on singletrack.

May 26, 2009, 3:16 p.m.
Posts: 11203
Joined: Nov. 18, 2004

"the canadian tire of outdoor gear"

-classic

May 26, 2009, 3:21 p.m.
Posts: 1186
Joined: Oct. 21, 2008

last year i went in there to buy a pair of 5tens. the only pair of low tops they had in my size had been worn, and not in the store, on the trails. the shoes were dirty, had cleat marks on the soles. guy asks me if id buy them for a discount, went next door to cove to pick them up brand new for cheaper than mecs used sale price.

That's no longer the case. This past weekend I bought some 5-10's from MEC for me [HTML_REMOVED] my wife that were significantly cheaper then at any of the local bike shops. I went to 4 bike shops on the North Shore to see if I could find a decent deal and still support a local bike shop. Wasn't happening.

I even asked one of the bike store guys what kind of deal he could give me if I bought two pairs of 5-10's and a pair of goggles - his price after a 20% discount was still higher then MEC's list price.

I kept $60+taxes in my wallet so I don't give a shit if the Sierra Club got a fraction of 1% of the sale price.

May 26, 2009, 3:37 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

exactly how much dough does Mec give to the sierra club anyway. what percentage is it of thier other donations?

May 26, 2009, 3:43 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 15, 2005

i should have just waited until i was in comox to go to valhalla

or check out Blue Toque Sports Swap - locally owned and started business selling mostly used gear.

I got mountaineering boots, my back-country boots, ice axe and crampons there - all told probably spent barely $100 on it all - all good high end stuff - just used.

pair of Head Monsters with bindings - 2008 model - $300 plus $80 to get some tuning/base repair.

Best deal I found there - Sram 9.0 ESP carbon fibre derailleur - looks like it has never been used - $20.

I have 21,474,850 rep points...

My blog - read it!

http://www.citizenclass.ca

May 26, 2009, 4:11 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

exactly how much dough does Mec give to the sierra club anyway. what percentage is it of thier other donations?

I'd like to know this as well. Is it a case of "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"?

May 26, 2009, 4:17 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 18, 2004

Even if it was a dollar I wouldn't shop there based purely on principle.

May 26, 2009, 4:20 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

I only buy organic bikes and sporting goods.

May 26, 2009, 4:23 p.m.
Posts: 8935
Joined: Dec. 23, 2005

I only buy organic bikes and sporting goods.

I hear they are working on an all organic moto/sled line of gear.

May 26, 2009, 4:26 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

forget sleds, im getting one of these

http://prodimages.flatpyramid.net/watermarked_thumbnail.aspx?img=sellerproducts[HTML_REMOVED]#37;2F823%2Fprodimages%2F10469-Snow-Walker_A01.jpg

May 26, 2009, 4:27 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 2, 2005

I only buy organic bikes and sporting goods.

Hippie

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May 26, 2009, 4:34 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 28, 2003

forget sleds, im getting one of these

That deserves proper IMG tags!

[wookie]AAAARRRRRR[/wookie]

May 26, 2009, 4:48 p.m.
Posts: 344
Joined: May 2, 2009

exactly how much dough does Mec give to the sierra club anyway. what percentage is it of thier other donations?

I don't know if it is an exact percentage per se. It seems more like MEC gives grants to different organisations, with the size of the grant often varying from year to year. (I have no real knowledge, just what I could find on the innerwebz) http://www.mec.ca/Apps/GrantRecipients/enviroFund.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302883357

The Sierra Club gets pretty consistent funding through the years. On a positive note, South Okanagan Bike Club got a significant amount of money last year.

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