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Old 05-29-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Needed an impeller for a generator, had to have it today. $12 bucks online, was $62 bucks out the door at the local marine parts desk. I'm all for a fair profit but that's a bit excessive! Ordered 2 online for next time.
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Aerorator pump went out - Rule 700GPH - nothing special. Amazon wanted $33. West had em in stock in P'Cola for $74. Ordered it from Amazon and got it in 2 days. Not even Pime!
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Aerorator pump went out - Rule 700GPH - nothing special. Amazon wanted $33. West had em in stock in P'Cola for $74. Ordered it from Amazon and got it in 2 days. Not even Pime!
West is the most expensive marine store on earth. But in a pinch, you can bring your phone in and they’ll price match internet prices.
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Needed an impeller for a generator, had to have it today. $12 bucks online, was $62 bucks out the door at the local marine parts desk. I'm all for a fair profit but that's a bit excessive! Ordered 2 online for next time.
Was this "local marine parts" a business that relocated about a mile in the last couple years?
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Guys, there is a HUGE difference in “shopping local” and “shopping at West Marine”
Not sure if the OP went to West Marine, but I can only assume so. They are indeed the highest prices around.
Just wanted to offer my opinion. It hits home with me. First off, I own a local business. Not retail, but is still a local company. I spent a decade in sales, selling to local retailers and got to see a lot of how business is done. I will always support a locally owned business when possible. The knowledge and help received is always more valuable than the money saved by ordering online.
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Guys, there is a HUGE difference in “shopping local” and “shopping at West Marine”
Not sure if the OP went to West Marine, but I can only assume so. They are indeed the highest prices around.
Just wanted to offer my opinion. It hits home with me. First off, I own a local business. Not retail, but is still a local company. I spent a decade in sales, selling to local retailers and got to see a lot of how business is done. I will always support a locally owned business when possible. The knowledge and help received is always more valuable than the money saved by ordering online.
For the record, this was NOT Worst Marine. And I also do my best to support local shops. But the difference between $12 and $62 is a bit much. I know these guys have overhead, local taxes, etc. But charging this much for a part turned a possible long-term service opportunity into a one-time profit that would barely buy them lunch.

(I know I own part of this problem. I should have a spare impeller on hand, which I will now.)
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When I had my flats boat with the 115 Johnson on it, the trim relays failed. Marine stores wanted 32 bucks apiece for them. Same 2 relays at NAPA cost me a whopping 3 bucks apiece.
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Most of the stuff in the local stores is all china, even all of your mullet/bait nets sold in buckets are all from over seas, not one bucket net is made in the US. Everything from Amazon is China.
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