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I know there is alot of bashing that goes with WM as obviously by the research I did - every item was higher (in some cases ridiculously so) ...
As some of you may know from reading another thread: I'm considering the purchase of a Delta 10 kg for our boat. Just to see what I'm looking at, price-wise, I did a bit of superficial research this morning. I found the lowest price at West Marine, believe it or not.

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Man o man I nearly bit the head off of a WM salesman the other day.. went in to buy a replacement handle for the Igloo - package of 2 for $23! Right next to it was a new igloo on sale with the same handles for yes.. you got it $23!

He actually expected me to buy the new one..

Bought the handle - at Defender for $5.

I like WM for a lot of things - thier prices however suk.. So I always plan.
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SEMI...That's funny...cause it is a MAP item and everybody has to advertise it at above 172.99 which is West's price. Actually if you put it in your shopping cart at Defender...the price is $154!! The same thing does NOT happen at West...higher as usual.
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I am glad to see that WM has re-instated the price match policy. During the absence of said policy, I needed to replace a Beckson porthole which was broken. WM wanted list +10%, defender was less than list, sailnet 5% below Defender. Since I enjoy the sailnet forums, I ordered my port from them. They charged me 14 dollars shipping. Those of you who are familiar with Beckson ports may know that a polycarbonate port, with screen, in the 5x8 size, weighs about 10 ounces. Put that in a box, send it UPS ground anywhere in the USA, and your actual shipping cost is about 3 bucks! In the past, I have used Defender and been charged the actual UPS cost. But now with the price match program, I can go back to supporting the local WM. I don't go to other local boat stores, because I once asked an employee where they had their line, and he did not know what I meant. He asked what it was used for, and I told him I wanted to replace a worn line on my boom vang. Talk about a blank look! When I finally asked for rope, I found they only stocked pre-made dock lines! Typically, in this area, if it doesn't have an outboard and rod holders, it can't possibly be a boat! West Marine is the only game in town, other than the St Louis Sailing Center, which has even higher prices, and an arrogance to match!
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Don - I'm surprised about the line. Most of the West's I've visited have a bunch of spools on a rack at the back of their stores with all sorts of line.
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SEMI...That's funny...cause it is a MAP item and everybody has to advertise it at above 172.99 which is West's price. Actually if you put it in your shopping cart at Defender...the price is $154!! The same thing does NOT happen at West...higher as usual.
Ah hah. Well, like I said: It was a superficial check. (Basically: Hit "Google Shopping," and checked a couple on-line resellers specifically.) Didn't think to try putting anything in a shopping cart anywhere.

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Re: Westmarine - the good and the bad

West marine is like the US Government, not the best just better than all the rest.
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West marine is like the US Government, not the best just better than all the rest.
Not bloody likely.
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I went on line to look at their batteries. The website does not have any "cheap" flooded batteries, but you can buy a $10,000 lithium battery!
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Re: Westmarine - the good and the bad

Sorry not to insult but I coach basketball and I always think my team is better than yours.
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