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Old 05-11-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Goodbye LHBS.

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Old 05-11-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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Just shutting down. Not making enough money.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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I ordered by first kit from them 5+ years ago... I don't think I ever ordered from them again. Nothing wrong with the product or service just used other mail order brew shops. I wonder if this going to be a trend with LHBS? Pretty hard to beat the deals offered by the larger brew shops (B3, AHS, Northern Brewer, etc.)
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #5
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I wonder if this going to be a trend with LHBS? Pretty hard to beat the deals offered by the larger brew shops (B3, AHS, Northern Brewer, etc.)
I try to support my LHBS when I can. I figure that for most 1-batch purchases, the "free shipping" (me!) cancels out the marginally higher costs. Plus I get to browse, talk brewing, and support the local economy. Still, every time I'm there, I feel like they're only hanging on. It is a thin market.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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I try to support my LHBS when I can. I figure that for most 1-batch purchases, the "free shipping" (me!) cancels out the marginally higher costs. Plus I get to browse, talk brewing, and support the local economy. Still, every time I'm there, I feel like they're only hanging on. It is a thin market.
I guess I have it better than most. I always hear about how online homebrew supply purchases are cheaper than local, but I haven't found that to be the case here. Certain things like bottles, kegs, CO2 tanks, and a few other pieces of equipment are cheaper at certain online stores, but as far as the things I buy most often, like ingredients, are cheaper at the LHBS that I go to. It would cost me quite a bit more to order from AHS than to just get it local. And at the same time I like supporting local business.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #7
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Once stores started popping up in Vegas, the Outpost lost a lot of its mailorder business.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
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i guess I have it pretty good. I now have access to 3 local HBS. I have 1 across the street from work that I sometimes go at lunch. i have Morebeer across town, but they are usually jambed with customers on the weekend. And now a Hydrophonics store just down the street cleared a section of the store out and and is carrying everything for Homebrewing. They even opened a brew pub next door for those who want to use their equiptment.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #9
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My LHBS just expanded big time. Hope they don't go anywhere. My understanding is they now offer brewing classes in their larger digs.
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Flag's just too small of a market (~65,000 people), in my opinion, without a significant mail order business. Especially at that location. Their rent can't be cheap.

 
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