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Old 08-27-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Feeling bad about not using my LHBS

So for my last 4 batches or so I've ordered all my supplies online even though I have a great LHBS not to far from me. I'm starting to feel bad for not giving him the proper business, however supplies in total are about $10 cheaper online (even after shipping). I go there for odds and ends sometimes when I need them, but I haven't put in a "full" order of stuff in over 6 months. Does anyone else feel kinda bad that they shop online even when you can get the same things at your LHBS?

Then again, last time I was in there he expanded and doubled the store in size, so he can't be doing that bad.

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I feel worse.

I drive past the LHBS to go to the megastore which is on average $10 cheaper per batch.

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Do you think they feel bad when they charge you more than you'd pay elsewhere?

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Do you think they feel bad when they charge you more than you'd pay elsewhere?
Good point.

I like the place, everyone is really nice and helpful. They also play obscure classic rock on their sound system and the owner is kind of a hippy dude. I enjoy the vibe there but I save a significant amount of dough by shopping online.
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I'm the opposite. I use my LHBS almost exclusively. I don't mind a few bucks extra support main street. Plus I brew on such a small scale that shipping orders even out or even costs more. Plus the owner is a really nice guy, super helpful. I sometimes just stop by just the shoot the bull with him.

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Do you think they feel bad when they charge you more than you'd pay elsewhere?
That's such a consumerist attitude. Maybe the smaller store can't get things at cost enough to make a profit at the same price point as the mega store (or online distributor).

What you have to ask yourself is who is in worse position when they don't get your business.

My LHBS sells used cornys for like $45. I found someone online here selling them for $14, uncleaned and I needed to drive six hours to get them. I was on my way past anyhow, so I picked up four. Told my LHBS guy about it and he was thrilled for me. But I also bought about $200 worth of stuff that day, so that loss wasn't a biggie for him.

I have a great time talking with him and can spend HOURS in there just shootin' the breeze, which would be worth an extra $10 for me. Because I know if I were in a bind or needed his advice, I could get it much easier than an online web commerce site or mega store.
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I feel worse.

I drive past the LHBS to go to the megastore which is on average $10 cheaper per batch.
That is interesting. I have noticed that the "megastore" has dropped the bulk, and were out of Wyeast 1056t the last two times I checked.

I go down to MyOldKentuckyHomebrew for most of my stuff, and I think his prices are good.
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When my favorite LHBS was still open, I would always go there, even if it was a little pricier. The couple that ran that store was awesome. They were crazy helpful and had great attitudes, but then they closed. My LHBS now is B3 and if I'm going to get stuff from there, it's actually cheaper for me to order from AHS most of the time. I guess what I'm saying is that it depends on your relationship with the LHBS folks.

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When you are doing well financially, it is easy to say "what's $10?"

But when you are running tight, getting the OK to brew at all is tough, and $10 means I can brew every other month rather than once every 3 months.

TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE.

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That is interesting. I have noticed that the "megastore" has dropped the bulk, and were out of Wyeast 1056t the last two times I checked.

I go down to MyOldKentuckyHomebrew for most of my stuff, and I think his prices are good.


I need to check that place out.

The party mart in the summit is the mega I am referring to, and they seem well stocked for what I need.
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I would go to a LHBS if I had one if the prices were comparable. But $10/batch more expensive even after the 8 dollar shipping. That's a bit much.

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