Typically that the parts come from outside traditional distribution channels. For example bike shops in the states can get /partskits from approved distributors, but sometimes they are also able to get their hands on OEM kits for better prices. OEM kits aren't packed the same as they are meant for companies to put on their bikes. No fancy boxes, just bulk parts in plastic bags etc.rkoch said:And I've heard something about gray market; what's that about?
That's why you buy the stuff that's in stock, like those Keo's!sometimerider said:By not having any product to sell.
It's easy to quote great prices on stuff that is never in stock. I've been waiting over 6 months for Michelin Krylion 25 tires - nothing (about $26).
Jokull said:Are they really that much cheaper? Compare them to the other good UK based shops - especially Ribble Cycles, and their prices are very similar. The main difference is that PBK have the option of showing the prices in $, with the UK tax removed, which makes them look cheaper, and have cheap/free shipping (which really is better ). A lot of the other UK shops, including Ribble will take off the tax when they ship overseas, but won't show this until you get to the checkout stage. FWIW, when I lived in the UK, and shipping costs were more or less equal, I almost always used Ribble, sometimes Parker International, occasionally Wiggle, but never PBK.
I don't think so - that is the main reason PBK is so popular, not the prices (like I said, they're only average). Parker is free in the UK, but GBP 15 beyond Europe, Wiggle is free in the UK and Europe, but doesn't deliver beyond the EU. I don't know what Ribble charges to the US, but I suspect its based on weight, and definately not free!nismosr said:do you know if those online co. you mentioned offer free shipping to the US ?