|Re: Re: So Cal Dive Industry|
Posted by DWill on October 01, 2007 at 12:41:48:|
In Reply to: Re: So Cal Dive Industry posted by Musicalmike on September 27, 2007 at 09:19:49:
I go through two pairs of skis a year.
I have by my best guess $25k in open circuit dive gear.
BUT, I haven't set foot in a local (so cal) dive shop in probably 3+ years. ( with one recent exception )
Simple. Old outdated business models, people working the shops (including owners) who have a severe lack of knowledge, no to poor service, (mostly our of laziness), no to very litte inventory on hand and over priced iventory and service...
As a quick example. I was recently at my home in SD while there I needed to drop some tanks for Hydro. So, I decided it would be quick and easy to just drop them at shop. My mistake...
I was told that it would be a MINIMUM of three weeks before I got them back. And I was quoted over 3X the cost of having the hydro's done. I told the all knowing LDS owner that I wanted the tanks "plused". He tells me nope, can't do that. That can only be done once when the tanks are new (this is of course BS).
I was leaving the next day for my home in Idaho. When I got back a week later I dropped the tanks at the same vendor the LDS uses.
2 days later I had the tanks back. They had been hydro'd, with a "plus"; bead blasted inside (not tumbled). I saved $110.00 got what I wanted done (more actually and still saved) AND got my tanks back a minimum of two weeks less time and that was only because I had to wait a week to drop them off.
So, do I think the dive industry is dead. No, but it on life support; and that's only because it's commited suicide by shooting itself in the head and now is brain dead.
Do "cheap" divers play a part in this. Yes, absolutly.
You see change is a difficult thing and resembles work to a large degree.... Not something you'll see at any LDS here in So Cal any time soon.
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