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Old 04-09-2008, 03:05 AM   #1
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I was browsing Ebay tonight looking for decent deals on equipment, and found a guy thats selling whole leaf, pellet, and plug hops in 8 oz to full pound quantities. Since he had quite a few up for sale, I looked him up, and found he owns a shop in my area.

The funny thing is, when you go to this guys store, he won't sell you hops without buying a recipe kit. If I can buy his hops (ONLY HOPS, no recipe) on ebay, shouldn't I be able to do the same in his shop?

Not only that, but his prices in store are completely different than on his ebay "store" and he is definitely price gouging.

I have had issues with this guy before messing up a recipe (horribly I might add), but this just seems completely rediculous.

Perhaps I'm off-point on this, but does anyone else have an opinion on this situation?


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Old 04-09-2008, 03:09 AM   #2
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I know that many hbs's, mine included, are only selling hops with the purchase of either grain, extract, or a kit. As for price gouging on ebay, that's a douche move. It sounds like you need to find a new hbs.


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Old 04-09-2008, 03:23 AM   #3
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If you were looking for a deal and he was willing to give you one on-line, but not in his store, I would try to press him into the deal. If he refused I would tell him that I was going to turn him into the BBB and do it.

I agree, douche gouger...
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:26 AM   #4
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douche gouger...
That sounds so painful
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:34 AM   #5
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there are sooo many places to buy on the web! I wouldn't give him the time of day...
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Well isnt it his right to set his own policies at his store?
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Well isnt it his right to set his own policies at his store?
Sure, he is, but having two policies is questionable.

Why would he give a better deal (if it is a better deal) to on-line customers and not walk-ins/regular customers who just need some hops?

Who knows, it may not be the price of the hops but the P&H charges he's making $$$ on.
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That sounds so painful
Not really. It's all relative to the water pressure...
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Sure, he is, but having two policies is questionable.

Why would he give a better deal (if it is a better deal) to on-line customers and not walk-ins/regular customers who just need some hops?

Who knows, it may not be the price of the hops but the P&H charges he's making $$$ on.
Because running a business online has alot less overhead. You can argue this point I know but still.
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If he refused I would tell him that I was going to turn him into the BBB and do it.
Save yourself the call. You would get better results telling your pet goldfish...


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