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Offline Paulhauser

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Where to buy gear?
« on: February 13, 2009, 11:17:16 pm »
Can you recommend good online shops for me where I can buy bigwall specific gear? I live in Hungary, Europe, where specialized climbing gear is rare. Very few people do this kind of climbing so the shops don't have much. I can buy some BD products like hooks and peckers, but thats all (and I already have them)
I'd plan to buy some Yates stuff, some camhooks, BD cams, other microcams, micronuts, beaks, rurps, heads, etc.
Ideally I'd be able to buy all that in one, for this would reduce shipping and other costs as opposed to get different stuff from different places (like Yates from Yates, some stuff from Ebay so on)

Also any sites with used gear apart from Ebay and the classifieds here and RC?

Thanks,

Paul

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2009, 12:08:46 am »
I've shopped with http://www.mountaingear.com a fair bit.

Bought hangers at http://www.acmeclimbing.com

Bought hangers and gear at http://www.climbaxe.com/climbaxebolthanger.aspx  when it went by the name www.pagangear.com

Yosemite Mtn Shop http://www.yosemitegifts.com/technicalgear.html

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2009, 12:01:23 pm »
Paulhauser,

Careful, I've been charged Custom Fees, ie. import taxes, when buying things from overseas. 
Be sure to check that out before you buy.

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009, 02:45:22 pm »
Munge, thanks!

Lunchbox, thanks as well. I have been buying stuff from overseas, and yes, I have to pay an additional duty and VAT upon receiving the goods. I always calculate this into the purchase, and eventhough it does make prices higher, it is still better than not having the gear I need. Some of it I could buy in Europe, hardware mostly, but the prices are the same as I could get for overseas including the additional charges. 

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009, 03:44:45 pm »
Check out bentgate. They have a good selection of aid gear and have a good website and mail order business.

www.bentgate.com


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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2009, 09:56:46 pm »
I get a lot of stuff on ebay. I'm not sure how it is buying overseas though.

You can get hard to find items and expensive items for cheap.


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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2009, 11:54:45 pm »
backcountry.com I've also bought from. good prices.

altrec.com as well for a jacket

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 10:09:59 am »
Bentgate has offset aliens and std aliens in stock right now...

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 01:26:17 pm »
I'm checking the 'bay for some stuff, but the exchange rate is gone so bad for our currency lately that I pay 50% more for 1 USD than in last June. It is crazy, I know. Should have been buying all the stuff back then, only if I knew. Well, if I knew I'd be filthy rich by now due to the stock exchange earns I'd have done with my knowledge, but alas, no. :-)

Seems like for this very reasony I will have my ledge made locally, instead of buying one from well known makers. I am lucky, I got Cordura 1400 and Goretex for free so in the end this ledge will not only be less expensive than a factory one, but will use the best materials....

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009, 10:47:08 am »
why is it that climbers prefer to purchase gear online? why not just swing by your local mom n' pop climbing shop and buy local (honest question)?

buying from overseas? why? what do they offer that is different?

i don't understand... please explain...



 

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2009, 11:08:41 am »
i do both...local and online... 

prefer local because:
- can touch and play w/ before buying
- can BS w/ salespeople
- the whole...support the little guy mantra
- etc

buy online sometimes because:
- selection
- hours... (it's tuff to get to the local shops before they close)
- price... 

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2009, 12:13:14 pm »
The of the main reasons is availability...

How many places do you know that almost always have aliens in stock? And if they don't they will have them next week?

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2009, 01:51:43 pm »
I know a lot of brick and mortar climbing shops that have Aliens in stock right now...






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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2009, 02:04:42 pm »
it's a pretty safe bet that feathered friends and marmot mountain have aliens in stock.  usually they have offset aliens too...

aliens are the one thing that i make sure to buy in person.  there's so much variance in their feel and build that i like to pick thru them...

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2009, 03:00:21 pm »
Mr., I really have not other chance to get specialized aid gear here in Hungary, like dg slings or adjustable daisies. The less than dozen climbing/outdoor shops here carry only regular sport and trad climbing gear. Special stuff ends with some "mainstream" BD products, like overpriced rurps and cliffhangers and some Petzl hooks, that will hang unsold in the store for years.

When I first started climbing in '98 I hung out a lot in the local (since defunct) climbing/outdoors shop in my university town. I bougth a lot of my gear there, the vibe was great, so I know very well what you are talking about. Some of our climbing trips left from the shop.
Now I have kids, family and whatnot and I'd rather spend the time with my kids teaching them the ropes than to travel to the nearest outdoor shop, hang out with the folks there and talk about a sit-up start of some obscure 3 m high boulder. I miss the company though, but just restarted, so there might be some partners joining me on my way to the high stones, but I really have some doubts, as very few people here are seriously into bigwall climbing. I sometimes doubt if I am... :-)


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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2009, 02:25:41 am »
which sites don't charge taxes, if anyone recalls?

thx


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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009, 02:06:27 am »
i think it just depends on if it is in the same state.   no?

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009, 11:52:04 pm »
negatory compadredory... small shops have been trying to hedge on this to get more customers or they pay for the VAT themselves. eventually if they are too big the IRS willl watch em like a hawk, but til then... where do I shop?

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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2009, 12:19:52 am »
FYI, couple here that weren't mentioned.

Gear Express       http://www.gearexpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=G&Category_Code=BIG   
Bentgate            http://www.bentgate.com/
Fish                    http://www.fishproducts.com/index1.html
Acme                 http://www.acmeclimbing.com/
Barrabes             http://www.barrabes.com/barrabes/default.asp  (in spain dude, check out the huge lead heads they carry-  http://bit.ly/ZObz  )
Mountain Tools   http://www.mtntools.com/cat/bigwall/index.html (these guys have everything)
Yates                http://www.yatesgear.com/climbing/index.htm
Pika                  http://www.pikamtn.com
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Re: Where to buy gear?
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2009, 03:43:21 pm »
I'm with Offset on the topic.....playin' with gear in the store Rules!