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Offline lifebyliya

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Blade prices: too good to be true?
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:53:46 PM »
I saw these just earlier and was just stunned by the prices. I'm looking for good decent blades to match Gam Podium's that I am planning to purchase and ended up in this site. It almost seems too good to be true that it's scary. What do you guys think?

http://shopmidwestskate.com/s.nl/sc.30/category.14576/.f

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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 02:16:44 PM »
Wow. Really good prices. Im interested as well to see if its a scam or not

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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 02:42:22 PM »
I know what you mean. Unfortunately, considering shipping to my country will cost a FORTUNE, I don't think I'm quite ready to take that risk.

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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 02:47:44 PM »
It doesn't look like a scam to me - it looks like these are "clearance" prices - you will see that for most of the upper end blades there are very few sizes available.

A LOT of these blades are very low level blades or blades that have been discontinued.

I did look for a blade that I liked very much that has been discontinued (Wilson Dance) but of course they didn't have a pair... sigh...

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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2014, 04:36:09 PM »
The website copyright date said 2010. They may not be in business anymore. They might be, but something like that is often a warning sign that the page is an artifact of a dead enterprise.
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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 06:40:44 PM »
I've ordered from them (not blades) and my understanding is that these are simply old stock (aka clearance) blades - there's nothing wrong with them necessarily, but they're not new stock.

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Re: Blade prices: too good to be true?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2014, 12:15:05 PM »
Clearance may mean that a business is closing, or that they were bought from a closed business.

I don't know whether blade manufacturers ever sell "seconds" - blades that are too warped or otherwise defective to be sold through reputable dealers. (BTW warped blades are hard to sharpen well on conventional sharpening machines.)

It might be worth calling the company and asking whether they are still in business or if these are seconds. The phone number is here.