Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...
I take the same approach as Minnewaska, I check amazon first. I can usually find 50-60% of my stuff at Amazon.
For the rest, I generally avoid WM, wow expensive when compared to Defender and other Internet boating sites. I am actually quite lucky to be in Seattle with access to Fisheries Supply. Prices are slightly less than Defender but no shipping costs for me.
The Fisheries Supply store (gigantic store) is a mess though with the occasional extremely grumpy employee. Some will actually avert their eyes if they see you coming and act very busy, really! Where as the Seattle flagship WM store in Lake Union is simply awesome. Very well organized and incredibly helpful staff. Sometimes the prices in Fisheries are half the price of WM.
I have found the best thing to do is to use the Fisheries website, order, then place in "will call". That works great. The Fisheries "will call" folks are very helpful and it is very easy to change your order once you go to the pick up desk.
The Fisheries Supply website is kinda crappy though. They are working on it. If you are shopping at Defender check out the Fisheries Supply website to compare.
Last edited by kellysails; 03-09-2013 at 11:17 AM.