It's all good though, hence it only irritates me instead of making me angry. , even one of the big players in US scooter parts distribution has been known to lift an image from us here and there. I'm proud to say though that unless it is a stock image provided by the vendor of the part, all of our images are done in house in our little studio. That's how we keep our images accurate, as when buying parts from overseas, sometimes little things change, and we want to be a transparent about things like that as possible.
Besides, isn't piracy the most sincere form of flattery? Lol.
I guess it is just one of those things to keep in mind as well when you see that we don't have the absolute cheapest version of a part. It costs money to be accurate.
We've lifted some images from you, but in many cases you are the vendor and we are not usually cheaper than you guys ;D
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2013 10:31:39 GMT -5 by Abscooters
I used to buy from them when they shipped out of CA, now almost everything is shipped out of China and usually missing parts, so I quit ordering from them.
BTW, It is just an affiliate site from Syntric, there are alot of them out there and almost all of them just dropship out of China.
What is Syntric? I can't Google them...
I am not exactly sure of the exact structure of the Syntric affiliates, but it is obvious they all are accessing the same databases as their part numbers and inventories are the same. With the exception of many affiliate site owners have the option of which parts to display and probably self shipping & shipping options.
I had a list of a bunch of the sites, but that was a year ago.
I'm guessing they take in orders from multiple sites and ship a big box of prepackaged orders(for smaller orders) to the US. Then someone here on the US side opens the big box and drops all the little boxes off with the post office or UPS, fedex whatever.
I think what they do is find people here in the US to sell a site to and get to administrate it and deal with the end customers, then they fill the parts orders. Basically sell someone a job I maybe missing some details, but from what I investigated last year, that is the jist of it.
Many of them also take credit cards without using ssl which is a big no no with Visa/MC.
Most gy6 ignition wire colors are standard, with the exception of the blue/white and red/white being interchanged. And I wish they would leave the mother earth green instead of sometimes making it black. Usually if they use black for ground it is only the heavier gauge wire coming off of the battery itself to frame and engine, after that it is green.
All cdi's do not have the same pin configuration, most common DC and AC ones do. But I have a stack of ten brand new CDI's that I have plugged in to both AC and DC systems and get nothing out of them. Wish someone could tell me what they go to
Had a Kymco in here that had the same plug style and theirs wouldn't work with a standard DC or AC CDI, had to order it from Kymco. Neat Hacksaw trick made it no rev limit though
[replyingto=scooterelements]Scooter%20Elements[/replyingto]Most of us have Dealer pricing on things. Some better than others and the best is shopping among several as some have better item specific deals than others.
I buy a fair amount from partforscooters, but their dealer margins have been shrinking the last few years and they don't have everything you need. They do consistently ship quickly and keep steady inventories. Don't particularly care for their new website, but maybe it will grow on me.
MRP has gone down hill in the last few years, but sometimes they are the only place to find less common parts. Their inventory on common parts is not very steady and yes usually overpriced.
John at Valley Scooters has some great deals for dealers, but lacks a real online ordering system. His prices are great and he always answers the phone. He usually has everything in stock that would fit on any of the scooters he sells. He will be seeing more of my business this year.
Unless you have the coin to sit on wrong orders, stay away from sites that ship from china direct. The return shipping is never worth it, and original shipping is higher or their item price is inflated. They will usually fix mistakes on your next order, but requires buying more product to get the crap you originally ordered. They will rarely reship you the right stuff by itself.
Just my 2 cents ;D
Last Edit: Mar 28, 2013 8:26:13 GMT -5 by Abscooters
Post by Abscooters on Mar 27, 2013 12:32:03 GMT -5
There are several scooter parts websites out there that are not encrypting their pages that accept credit cards.
I have had my credit card information stolen 4 times in the last couple years and it is always an online venue. I don't know which sites, but I know it was online as I have a couple cards I use for online purchases only.
If you do not see the padlock icon or the https:// on the page you are entering your credit card info, do not enter it. If the same website has a paypal option to pay, use that, all their payment pages are ssl encrypted and you can usually use a credit card without an account there.
I have to agree about people that will only buy the cheapest product. Some are not even friendly to deal with, they think if they argue they can get a better price out of you. I rarely haggle as I have way too much overhead.
I had a gal who is engraved in my memory forever. I sold her a key blank, she found it cheaper somewhere else and wanted her money back. I gave it to her, so I thought, I actually ran her credit card again instead of as a refund. Anyway, my fault, fixed the problem and thought I'd never see her again, she was pretty ornery.
I'm having a busy day, in the process of writing a scooter deal with others waiting. She shows up and wants a battery charger. She was already ignoring my help and wanted my complete personal attention. I pointed to the shelf with the battery charger and said they are $35. My vendor used an old fashioned price sticker gun to put stock or item number on it. Think it's item number was 1145 so it prints 11.45.
Soo, she assumes that is the price and that I am trying to rip her off. Starts yelling at me in front of someone buying a scooter. I tried to explain, I did not put that number on there and that it was a manufacturer number not a price. Starts demanding that I sell it to her at that price. I explain that I can't even buy it at that price, either pay the $35 or go to Walmart where they have similar ones for $25. After what seamed like way too long she finally left.
My customer who was buying the scooter, looked at me and said, that is exactly the customer you don't want to have (he didn't know about the key blank days earlier).