Author Topic: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?  (Read 3766 times)

Offline kpfoleyjr

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Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
« Reply #45 on: April 13, 2017, 02:44:56 AM »
Great - I will.  There used to be a small one in Valpo, owned by the same guy that had one in LaPorte, but both of them closed.  Happy to hear about this one and I'll certainly check it out.  Thanks!

Your welcome, I also was at Valpo Brews a few times as well. That was a nice place too, I have no idea what happened, one day they were just gone. I'm in Hobart, how about you?
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Offline Chad Haatvedt

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Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:29 AM »
I have done price checking between my LHBS and the big boys, and found that my local shop is very competitive.  I live in a small town, (<15,000) and nearly 200 miles from the big city suppliers.  I really appreciate having a source that can meet 95% of my needs.  I am willing to pay a small premium for that luxury.


Our local HB club has supported our LHBS by directing most of our purchases there, and recommending them highly to other brewers.  The manager of the LHBS consults with us regularly about what items to stock, and what supplies to keep on hand.  This has resulted in a very good selection of grains, hops and yeast, and all of the little incidental hardware items that we need.


Sure, I shop online for high dollar / low volume stuff that the LHBS cannot afford to stock.  They understand.


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Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2017, 01:30:43 AM »
We have no sales tax in Oregon. I find local very competitive.

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Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2017, 04:35:18 AM »
When I first started basically had two choices. One in Portland Oregon, one in Vancouver Washington. Both about a 2 hr drive one way. To avoid the drive, fuel costs and hatred of the traffic (the county I live in has a population of 20,000, I'm not used to that many cars in one place), I started ordering from them by phone. Now LHBS have come and gone close by, but I find their selection limited. Also, I've noticed a 'box-store' look to their inventory that I am not used to. I buy some things local, but most stuff I still call the two stores I started with. Hard to break old habits.

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