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Old 10-30-2007, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Why do local dive shops charge so much??

I went to the local dive shop here in Montgomery and all of their Mask were $79. I know I can get many of them for half that price on the net. I know they need to make a living but heck twice as much?? We are going to Caye Caulker, Belize the end of Jan and are going to get PADI OW certified while there. Certification there is only $300 and includes 4 dives with that price. I want to get some of our dive gear before we go mainly Mask, Snorkel and fins. Maybe wet/dry suit?? Any suggestions??

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Old 10-30-2007, 06:38 PM   #2
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I would strongly suggest you contact MBT and get certified before you go. You can get it done, and spend your vacation diving instead of sitting in class.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:50 PM   #3
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Tell me if I am going wron with my ideas here. The class we are going to take has 1 day http://www.frenchiesdivingbelize.com/openwater.htmclassroom then you hit the water for basic water instruction followed by actual diving for the next two days. And I know you will see that the price is $250 but I was told by Frenchie's it is now about $300
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:07 PM   #4
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Mask and fins usually fit people differently. I wouldn't buy either without trying them out. The wrong mask will leak and the wrong fins will cramp your ass up. Sounds like a great trip. Good luck. SHB
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:56 PM   #5
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Dive shops have alot of overhead. The online stores usually do not give the factory warranty with the sale. They give a warranty but who knows if they will stand behind it. Some of the equipment manufacturers will not allow online sales of there products to keep the retail prices for all items the same for everyone. The manufactures actually say how much the shops have to sell there product for in the store. Oceanic and Atomic are 2 that I know of right off the top of my head. I know that some online stores will sell those brands cheaper but you have no "factory" warranty. A mask needs to fit properly and I would be scared to buy one off the net unless I broke one and bought the same one again or something to that affect. Booties and fins are pretty much the same way and I prefer the advice that the shop gives. My 2 cents.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:45 PM   #6
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Lemme reiterate the point made by "Holy Spear-it"...if you buy online you WILL NOT, in most cases, get the manufacturer guarantee.This applies to your most expensive purchases in particular, ie.dive computers, regulators, etc. That is how Leisure Pro and Scuba Bargain cut their overhead.I agree, some LDS' are exponentially off the scale but "Corpsman" is right, seek out MBT and look at getting certified before ya go on vacation.I can tell you from experience that: 1) MBT is priced right on OW cert. 2) they will take care of their customer and make sure you're happy w/ the purchase and 3) you DONOT wanna be stuck in class when you could be diving.Lemme know if ya have any questions...I have been through the dilemma you are facin'! :banghead
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ReelDuel,

This may sound crazy to you, but I have dove for years and bought an expensive mask when I certified. I wore it for a season before my dog decided to go on a rampage and have it for dinner. Since then, I have used the masks you can get from any of the cheap stores (Wal-Mart) made by US Divers. I have found them to be just as good and have never had an issue with them. I may get flamed for that but what the heck, that is my experience. Fins on the other hand are a different matter. Buy as good as you can afford. BTW, where are you located in MTG? I work for GE, err, Sabic-IP just west of MTG.

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Old 10-31-2007, 07:11 AM   #8
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MBT charges like $169 or $179 for the cert. That includes rental gear and tanks. The dives are usually made at the beach and the springs. The class goes like this....wed., thur., fri. night from 6 to 9. Then sat. and sun. from 8 to 3 and you are done.
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Guy's, he is in Montgomery. If he was here, I would recomend MBT. But I can probably bet, he does not want to make the 2.5 hr journey each day to get certified.

But I will second the recomendation to get the mask and snorkel at a place like Wally World. Fins are a different story. Don't go cheap on those.
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:11 AM   #10
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Default RE: Why do local dive shops charge so much??

Unfortunately it's not just dive shops that you are experiencing inflated prices. I needed (in shipment) a hydro boost pump for my truck. Locally here the prices started at a high of $180.00 and a low of $80.00 plus tax. I ordered the "EXACT" same brand for a "TOTAL" including a $25.00 core, shipping of $5.50 for $70.00. Return the core andpay a net of $44.50. Go figure.



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