Skate FAQs: How to Ignore the Sales Hype
You may think that buying inline skates is only a matter of taste and budget, neglecting the defining fact of being mentally prepared and able-bodied. Well, you need to bare in mind that skating is a rather dangerous activity, and if you’re doing it simply for the sake of saying that you are a skater, you really don’t need to bother spending money. Along with knowing how to choose the proper skates for your level of skating abilities and professionalism, you need to know how to choose the proper protective gear, like helmets, hands and legs protectors and similar stuff. And more importantly, you need to know how to avoid the sales hype, which the sales personnel is so eager to impose on you with the “these are just the right for you” type of help. Here’s a short guide to prepare you for visiting an online skate shop Australia where everything you look for and eventually buy, depends entirely on your choices.
You need to decide on your skating needs
Maybe you know how to skate and you’re a natural, but that doesn’t mean you still don’t need to determine your skating needs. Maybe you want to skate on a rough terrain, maybe you need them for a specialized track and maybe just for recreational purposes in the park. According to the answers of these questions, you get to choose from: multi-purpose skates, speed-skates, 5 wheelers and many more. These will further diversify according to the materials used in their design.
Good, Fast, Cheep.
As with all things in life, you don’t get to have the three at ones, but instead you can only pick two. The sales person will most likely try to convince you that this pair, a.k.a the most expensive one in the store, has all three features, but be aware, it probably doesn’t. In the world of skates, the attribute “good” means comfortable and durable, “fast” is a synonym for quality construction and parts and finally “cheap” is the criteria most serious skaters ignore, because it takes a rich and foolish person to buy low quality, fancy looking skates (and buy another pair in a week or two of course).
Test the skates
I cannot overstate how important it is to make sure that the online skate shop Australia based you choose to buy from, offers a warranty. If it does, you can proceed to testing your newly bought skates. Inspect whether they’re fully functional and whether they have all necessary parts in order. In case something is missing, you need to be able to call the store, or return the skates, which is why the warranty is important. If you don’t have it, it may be a problem. Ask for it when you look to buy skates.
Bottom line is, the online shopping experience allows you to make a decision that won’t be influenced by the imposing attitude of the sales personnel who claim they know better than you. The Internet is a free territory, you can learn all you need to know on your own instead of being treated as a target.