I was reading a Facebook post from a car group I follow, from some guy complaining about high priced parts and trying to find the same part at a cheaper price. Of course there were over 50 comments, and they were divided. What hit me, was how quick many jumped in to defend the parts that were more expensive. They were right.
Here is the thought when it comes to our passion. Classic Boating. Let’s say there is a part at Walmart that your boat needs. Like a distributor cap for a M Chris Craft Engine. Ya I know.. It’s a metaphor… It’s $5 cheaper than the one at one of our classic boat parts people. What’s the smarter buy?
Here is what that $5 savings cost all of us. A company that supports you. A company that makes the right cap. A company that also can invest in other parts that Walmart can’t source. And don’t even get me started about Amazon, which encourages the race to the bottom of pricing.
This is far more than an emotional plea! The “little man” argument is romantic, but honestly there is a reason Amazon and Walmart is huge, because in the end, we feel like fools if we spend more on something thats the same.
BUT, investing a little in those that invest in you is. Walmart doesn’t care about your M engine. There are to few of us. And chances are it fits, but is sourced from a cheap ass supplier and will fail. By the way, the part described is a metaphor, Walmart is a metaphor in this as well. The point is. Pick a parts place you like, pick a restorer you trust. Don’t be a dicker. Pay the sticker, and support our passion. Here is a wonderful song from Alan Jackson on the subject.