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Soho posted 10-26-2001 09:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Soho   Send Email to Soho  
What are peoples general impressions/experience regarding pricing at West Marine versus some of the other suppliers ? I just bought something at West( in person at a West store ) and noticed that it was about 20% cheaper at Defender on the Net. I have recently felt that West may not necessarily be the low cost provider anymore versus BoatUS or Defender and this sort of corroborates my theory. Anybody have any opinions on this.

Thanks in advance,


( ps - West will match if you provide proof - when I go back to West I will take my proof and get my credit )

noswah posted 10-27-2001 03:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

I bought an electrical connection block at West Marine for 2.99 + tax. The local B/W dealer wanted more than 10 times that.

Then West shipped it to my home and paid 3.50 priority mail to ship it inside a corrugated box. So they lost money on the deal but you can't beat their service.

Plus their catalog has to cost them a king's ransom and they freely give them out. I think they deserve to be supported.

jimh posted 10-27-2001 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The pricing at West Marine is an interesting topic. What I have noticed:

--On big-ticket or popular items, like a $400-Radio or a $900-GPS, they will have the same price as the best of the other suppliers;

--On little items, like a brass hose barb, they will have terrible pricing. You could buy it at an auto parts store for less than a buck and at West it's $2.99!

They are handy to have around, and they seem to have more stores all the time.

montaukmax posted 11-01-2001 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for montaukmax  Send Email to montaukmax     
I agree that West is handy, has good service and generally decent prices. Defender definitely has the price edge on some items, however. I just shopped for a new VHF antenna and found Defender to be 20-30% cheaper on some models of Shakespeare antennae.
JFM posted 11-01-2001 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
For certain items, Overton's is a good source:800-334-6541 or they also have sales or discontinued items. Regards, Jay
Dan posted 11-01-2001 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
I agree, West will bang you over the head and consume your corpse on small items -- so you gotta watch out! Some West stores are better than others. The West store in Lindenhurst is fantastic and the one in Huntington is blech. However, my favorite place to shop is Compass Rose run by the indefatiqueable and consumately knowledgeable, Mike Sands! Cheers. Over and out. Go Yankees.
Eric posted 11-01-2001 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I stacked up several discounts at West this summer, to get my VHF, GPS, fishfinder and baitwell for less than cost. My Icomm M-402 DSC radio cost me about $144 (lists for $219). They give a 10% discount on first purchases on their charge card, they were having a storewide sale, and electronics were an additional 5% off. Then there's the rebate to advantage club members (free membership). I spent over $1000, which means interest free financing for 6 months too. I've got the money, but don't mind waiting to pay.
Now I go to the locally owned shop that's been here for decades. I pay a slight bit more for my stuff, but can't beat the local knowledge, and occasionally score a good deal there too. I like supporting a local business.

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