do merlin always package like this?
yes merlin have sold grey import equipment for many years. you got them cheap because they were destined for manufacturers builds and for what ever reason got sold to merlin to knock out cheap sans box.
if you want to be fussy pay a bit more and support your LBS – youll get retail boxed items to chuck in the skip and everythingPosted 4 years ago
if you want to be fussy pay a bit more and support your LBS – youll get retail boxed items to chuck in the skip and everything
ermm….spent £850 in there on Saturday on various bits and pieces….is that enough support? 😆Posted 4 years ago
they didnt have the cranks i wanted in stock and i wasnt prepared to pay £80 for a set of deores… 😛
i havent bought anything off merlin for quite a few years (xtr front mech for £12 about 8 years ago)…but as i was looking for a cheapish set of cranks i thought i’d have a look on their website…found some nice LX (M580) HT2 cranks and b/b for £50 (potential PSA?)…reasonable price i thought…had a pair of these on the DH bike so i knew they were good…so i bought them…they arrived this morning stuffed in a brown box (not original shimano one) and minus the usual shimano paperwork….its a good job i know how to fit them….Posted 4 years ago
am i right being a bit fussy about what wasnt in the box or should i just look beyond this and marvel at what i did receive in the box?batfinkMember
I ordered an XT groupset from Merlin last Friday…. was on my desk (in Sydney) this Tuesday. Well impressed.
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box to find that every component was “consumer” packaged (or whatever the opposite of OEM is). I know it makes no practical difference, but it adds to the “new toy” feeling 😀
another excellent Merlin experience: wheels will be ordered from them next monthPosted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
and here lies the main issue facing most LBS’s these days, they can’t get this kit at these prices. Merlin assemble bikes so can along with quite a few others it seems.
Time for the suppliers to even up the playing field for all retailers. There is still a place for OEM – generally sold at a huge discount to get them “in” to a market, Shimano can sell a drive train close to cost knowing that they will pick up 3-4 retail mech sales from that sale, maybe a few shifters. Selling that on to end users is great for the consumer but not for long term stability.Posted 4 years ago
Most LBS’s would love to be able to get hold of stuff at those prices!
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