Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday's Pipes



A female member of the same motorbike forum I'm into on the Internet posted the above photo of her new exhaust pipes that she installed on her bike. I looked, I saw, and I went buy the same kind exhaust pipes online which the retailer was offering for a $60 discount plus free shipping. Mind you, the new pipes are not bling, it's in the interest of safety. My Shadow 600 is quiet. Nice for the neighbors. Bad for my own safety. It's difficult for drivers to see the thin profile of an approaching motorbike from the front. As a safety measure, loud pipes makes a motorbike more conspicuous.

Have no idea how brick-and-mortar stores will be able to survive with the deals being offered today on the Web for the same product. Just between you and me and the pixels on my monitor screen, I honestly don't really care. The only advantage real life stores have going for them over the virtual marketplace is the personal touch. Being that the concept of "service" has generally diminished into a troublesome after thought, I'll take my money elsewhere whenever opportunity offers me a better deal a click away of which there are many. Voodoo economics? Sticking needles into a doll or effigy, except with clicks in place of needles?

4 comments:

gigihawaii said...

I feel the same way about Amazon.com versus Borders or Barnes & Noble. I buy most of my books at Amazon these days.

RONW said...

gigi- Amazon is a great site for ordering books. Never had a problem with them and shipping is inexpensive.

tippy said...

Except for food and gas, I buy most of my items online. Been doing so for years.

RONW said...

Tippy- while I'm at a real-life store, I tend to buy a whole lot of extra and unnecessary items. The same thing doesn't happen with my online shopping. That's even an additional savings. The kink in the line with online shopping for me has been the shipping cost to Hawaii. I usually request of the retailer if it's possible to ship USPS Priority.