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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

I've been putting together a list of all the things I want to order during the sale (including the bottom paint that I mentioned above). How is their shipping during the sale? Do they ship the day your order (or the day after), or do they have to wait until the sale is completely over before they start shipping?

I believe Defender waits until the end of the sale to ship everything.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

I had a big order into Defender for the sale last year. It seemed to be slightly delayed. They did split up the order somewhat as there were a couple of items on short back-order due to the volume.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

Defender has always been very prompt when shipping anything I've ordered. I don't know if they have a special policy for the Warehouse Sale, but I suspect it is so popular they just get backed up. People around New England drive for hours to actually attend. It must be an all hands on deck event for them.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

I tend to spread my boat bucks around. Like Minne I like to browse isles and keep a running inventory of prices for things I want/need. I get boat stuff at the camping store, the old timey hardware store by the marina, a couple of marine stores and online.

But for a lot of boat stuff it's West Marine (and their catalog is fantastic). Their rewards gives dollars back and it pays to watch their sales. My wife likes browsing West for clothing and we end up buying a fair bit from them; and I have a set of Third Reef foulies that have worn well. I do stay away from any Walmart grade cheap Chinese crap they carry.

Why price match Defender? Well I agree with Rick to a point. If I see it in the store I want to buy it there. I'll even pay a little more without complaint for that convenience. But if the markup is 50% or 100% over a competitor I'm being gouged. Price match Defender and I'll buy it right now, you'll keep me as a customer. Force me to buy from Defender or Amazon and that will become my habit and you'll lose my purchases on all those other sales that would make money. It's a lesson every other brick & mortar store has learned. Just look at Best Buy.

Bottom line we'd all be worse off without West. I hope they don't don't shoot themselves in the foot. A talent too many companies possess.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

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...I don't know if they have a special policy for the Warehouse Sale, but I suspect it is so popular they just get backed up. People around New England drive for hours to actually attend. It must be an all hands on deck event for them.
That was exactly my concern. I am now hoping to launch on April 6, so my bottom paint will be time critical, and can't really have a delay. I think that I have heard in past years that they suspended shipping until the sale was over. I'll have to just call them and ask.
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That was exactly my concern. I am now hoping to launch on April 6, so my bottom paint will be time critical, and can't really have a delay. I think that I have heard in past years that they suspended shipping until the sale was over. I'll have to just call them and ask.
The Defender warehouse sale is an incredible event. The number of extra staff, manufacturer's reps, added displays and all the customers that they pack in there has to be seen to be believed. There's no way I could imagine that they are handling mail orders on their usual schedule.

TakeFive has the right idea: call to verify when they will ship sale items.

For those who are lamenting the 50 mile policy of WM, you could always move to the greater New London area, where the real estate prices are still depressed, but the sailing venue is superb.

BTW, I understand that only the Mystic and Old Saybrook WM stores are price-matching Defender during their warehouse sale, even though there a couple of other WM stores within 50 miles.
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That was exactly my concern. I am now hoping to launch on April 6, so my bottom paint will be time critical, and can't really have a delay. I think that I have heard in past years that they suspended shipping until the sale was over. I'll have to just call them and ask.
How much are you hoping to save, compared to JD, WM or amazon? Sounds like it isn't worth the stress.
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How much are you hoping to save, compared to JD, WM or amazon? Sounds like it isn't worth the stress.
I have a long list that adds up to about $1000, so I could save a lot. But I'm not stressing. Once I've scraped and sanded my boat, I'll buy the paint somewhere else if I need it quickly. I'll buy the other stuff from Defender.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

In addition to the Warehouse Sale, Defender also has a Miami Boat Show sale in February and a Spring Commissioning sale in early March. I was able to beat the rush and lay in a lot of supplies at good prices through those sales. The March sale had a lot of bottom paint specials. Unfortunately that sale ended yesterday. Fawcett in Annapolis also has an annual President's Day sale in February that offers some very good pricing.

With those behind us, Jamestown is offering free shipping on orders over $50 this week and WM has several bottom paints on sale this week including Hydrocoat and many of their house brands. As others on this forum have pointed out, WM PCA Gold is rebranded Ultima SR 40. There's a lot of competition this time of year so it pays to shop around.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

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...One other serious advantage of our WM superstore is I just love killing time in there. I'm the kind of guy that likes browsing in a hardware store too. At least a couple of times per season, we're nearby and I have to wait for someone to do something. I just wander the isles and always find something I can't live without. No possible way to do that on the internet.
What do you call the time you spend on SailNet?...

Back on topic; I tried to do a bunch of price matches with Defender back in January at the Ft Myers WM. I walked in to WM with a printout of my defender shopping cart and found that WM was CHEAPER than Defender on a couple of things, and within a dollar on other items.
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