Gin Swilling Yacht Monkey
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: S.F. bay area, CA
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Re: West Marine: A Love-Hate Relationship
Here in the bay area, the staff seem enthusiastic, helpful, and generally knowledgable.
Yeah, the new and common "just in time" inventory can be a bit of a problem sometimes, but honestly, most things that I might need on the spot (gloves, flashlights, shoes, radio, random bits) are usually on hand, and most more expensive/larger/high tech stuff is commonly a known need and can be ordered and either shipped directly to me or to a local store.
Prices are average, I suppose, but if you buy on sale they are pretty good.
It's nice to have a brick and mortar store around.