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  1. Ditto ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  2. I appreciate your perspective, but as a consumer of 21 years and a gear dealer for almost 20 years, I'm finding a lot of inaccuracies in this article. #1 Besides your instructors who watched you learn to skydive, most reputable dealers are a great source of unbiased knowledge. They are the ones who deal with various different pieces of equipment and match them to skydivers on a daily bases. They will be able to explain all the available options to you and help you navigate what is appropriate for you. (If we were in it for the money, we would not be in this industry, believe me) #2 is a bit shallow all the way around. Many new brands are developed by engineers that have been designing and manufacturing rigs since you were in diapers and have put in solid R & D. At the same time, many renowned manufacturers may have production or QC issues at any given time. Talk to someone who has been in the industry for a fair amount of time and deals regularly with multiple brands. They are the ones who can give you the inside info. #3 Try before you buy is not always an option for people who don't travel or jump at a mecca drop zone. But many of us offer extensive gear consultations and money back guarantees. #4 "Shop the large gear shops to compare their (often attractive) package offerings. Since they’re all assembling their deals from the same major-manufacturer components, you can feel perfectly confident purchasing the one with the lowest price." This is the some of the worst advise right here. SHOP LOCAL. Again, dealer margins are so low that competing with price is a pipe dream. Most reputable dealers will compete with service. Personal service. A full gear sale shouldn't be a click, point, purchase event. It should start with a full gear consultation with a qualified consultant. You should get the right gear at a fair price. If you find something online cheaper, bring that up to your local dealer. 9 out of 10 they will price match and you still get the hands on personal service. #5 "credit card charge that most dealers fold into to their baseline pricing" I don't know any dealers that do this. Some of us offer another 3% off our already low margins because that is what the credit card company charges us to run a credit card. Of course we would rather give our skydiving peers that 3% off rather than shell it out to the banks. #6 "Seasonal discounts" are not the norm in our industry either. They happen from time to time, but most of the major brands you advocate in #2 have consistent prices throughout the year. Just my 2 cents... worth what you paid for it ;)
  3. They are no longer delivering until further notice. Most of their staff has been let go. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  4. I think it would suck to fly with you or get blinded by you under canopy! LOL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  5. As a long time gear dealer, I make it a point to "hook up" everyone that walks through my door. That means get them into the right gear for their skill set at a fair price. I feel like the kids that go looking for the bigger, better deal online don't get the service they deserve. If I don't have what you are looking for, then I will refer you out or help you find something. We are a small community and tend to look out for our own. So it's worth checking in locally and then branching as necessary. Just my opinion.... worth what you paid for it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  6. Can someone get ahold of Edge? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  7. Adam Callahan, local Skydive San Diego legend, pilot , instructor and skydiver passed away at his home Saturday night. Adam has been jumping in San Deigo since he was 18. He just celebrated his 40th birthday together with his good friends. Adam's Family would like to invite you all to join in an amazing celebration to honor the life of a genuine Son, Father and Friend. Those who have shared time with Adam know him for his free spirit, authenticity, kindness and endless humor. It is with that spirit that we will all gather at Skydive San Diego, Adams home since he was 18. Tandem operations will end early Sunday evening giving us all the opportunity to gather in the landing area in tribute as we watch his parents do a flyby and symbolic release of his ashes. Immediately following we will have food, drinks and share stories, Callahan Style! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  8. Did you learn Canadian when you took out their country's flag at their Nationals and then got put in the stockade? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  9. "Damn it Baxter! You know I don't speak Spanish!" The event is on the 5th of May... 5th and 6th of May. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  10. No need to go south of the border this Cinco de Mayo! You can stop just short at Skydive San Diego for Authentic Mexican Food and Beer, Border Patrol land, chug and evade competition, Specialty Skydives, Live Entertainment, Epic Photo Ops Check it out here: Register Online: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  11. Ha ha.... thanks boys. I just felt really bad because the entire row of premier member listings were the same rig posted by me. I expected major flaming. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  12. I just want to publicly apologize for my rookie move in the classifieds. I went to post a rig for sale and I kept getting an error reading. I apparently posted the same ad 5 or 6 times! Sorry to anyone who I just pissed off ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  13. What is your height, weight and inseam? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  14. Pull test and $300 top end. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!
  15. I just got a response from this guy for every single ad I have posted. They are generated fro ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Blue Skies! Bonnie ==>Gravity Gear!