Buy Online or Buy Here…your choice

I need a new water bladder and cleaning  kit for my pack so I thought I’d check it out and see what prices were out there.

Here are my choices:

Trademe – NZ seller, buy online: Cost $69.95 for bladder, $44.95 for cleaning kit, Total cost = $114.90, shipping free




Bivouac – NZ Seller, buy online, Cost $69.90 for bladder, $39.90 for cleaning kit. Total cost = $109.80, plus shipping

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Other retailers weren’t any cheaper, even Hunting & Fishing, FCO ($89.95), or RnR Sport ($69.95).

Cabelas – US online store – Cost $33.00 for bladder, $20.00 for cleaning kit. Total cost = US$53.00. At today’s exchange rate = NZ$64.68

Of course there is shipping costs, two realistic choices, surface shipping, which is $20.00 or air which is $40. I chose surface, knowing that it will come air anyway. Total US$73.00 or NZ$89.09. In other words it is cheaper for me to buy online from Cabelas than from FCO, and have it delivered to my door.

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BassPro also offers similar choices and savings.

So dear readers what would you do? Fight the traffic, the peasants the surly store staff or buy online and have the items delivered to your door with no fuss or bother.

This is just one low cost item, once you get into sleeping bags, boots, packs, almost any other item you care to find then the savings are substantial.

Take spare magazines for Tikka T3 rifles…they are $69.95 all day long at any number of overseas online stores…try and get one here for under $150.00.

Retailers and their supplies need to get a grip. The savings are far more than their GST, that is just a smokescreen for the rapacious behaviour of importers and wholesalers.

On top of that the choice available for any product line you can think of is far better than anything that a retailer will offer in NZ. The world has changed best they get with it.

Meanwhile it is the customers who suffer, or in my case shop elsewhere.

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