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Pipe pricing at b&m's

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jayson H Bucy, Nov 3, 2011.

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  1. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

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    I'm starting to think I'm going to stop going to my local B&M. I bought a BC Jumbo straight billiard from them. It was my first pipe and I wanted a good one (well before finding PSF and learning about cobs). I then found out I didn't like straight pipes and that a jumbo bowl didn't fit into my current time allotment for smoking. I looked online to see what a reasonable trade in expectation would be based on current prices. I was floored. I paid almost double what I saw the same price for online in multiple stores. I feel like I just got robbed while they were smiling. This got me thinking and I looked up the other pipes I bought there and with the exception of one pipe it was the same thing.

    I guess what I'm asking is do I need to buy new pipes online or is this B&M just greedy?

    On the plus side they do have some really great tins and keep them in stock.
     
  2. Arkie

    Arkie Active Member

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    My local B & M is the opposite. They are competitive on pipe prices but their baccy tins cost double what I can buy them for on line. I wouldn't have any hard feelings toward them. Their overhead is much higher than an e-tailer's.
     
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  3. user1975

    user1975 Active Member

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    B&M's are going to generally be higher in price than an e-tailer is for the simple fact that their overhead is going to be higher since commercial property in a mall or shopping center is going to be more than the same square footage in a warehouse, or office park. You also have to figure 90% of the B&M's out there don't sell over the internet,and thus don't have the volume of sales to allow them to order in the quantities they would need to get better prices from a distributor. In a business, it's all about two things either location or volume, if you're really lucky you have both, if you have neither, you won't be in business long.
     
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  4. Puff The Magic

    Puff The Magic Active Member

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    The pipe was in your hands to inspect and or smoke before any etailor could possibly get that pipe into your hands! There's a price for "gotta have it quick" and conveniently now. If you want it cheaper, you'll have to wait a few days to a week or so.

    Ed
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  5. Arkie

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    There is also a value in looking over a pipe closely before you buy it. With an e-tailer, the pipe you get might be only a bit better than a basket pipe because of fills, lousy grain, etc.
     
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  6. CustomDave

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    The two local B&M's that I go to are a bit higher on prices than an online retailer, but not too bad. I will pay a few extra bucks for my tins at the B&M, if for no other reason I enjoy going in an BSing with the people there. Plus both have very nice smoking lounges with big TV's and leather couches, so it is a nice place to sit and relax with the other smokers (most are cigar smokers). A lot of the time I will order pipes online though, mostly because there is a better selection online. One of the local B&Ms has a decent selection of pipes, the other not so much. I buy my cobs through them however.
     
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  7. Smoker99

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    Most the locals in my area are double and triple the online prices. I don't mind paying a little more, but not what they charge. Online only now. I don't need a place to smoke.
     
  8. Beale

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    I go to both of my B&M spots. One I would trust on a pipe, not so much the other? I do enjoy the atmosphere of the B&M. Seeing folks I know and talking with them is cool. IMHO I think both e-tail and retail have their places, Beale.
     
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  9. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

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    I wouldn't have had any problem paying say a 20% mark up to support local business. But it was seriously a 70% markup. I'll buy the tobacco but I'm not getting anywhere near their pipes again.
     
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  10. Lestrade

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    I have several local shops and all but one, marks their pipes up as you describe.
     
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  11. CMAsailor

    CMAsailor Active Member

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    I have a price range that I stay within when going to B&Ms. at My favorite B&M, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a pipe at a 100% markup, but I've got a soft spot for the guy and feel I want to help him out when ever I can. B&M owners have families too, and bills. If we continue to only buy online, we lose a very important, and cherished part of the world of the pipe. Moderation is the key, even with moderation... ;)
     
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