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03-07-2014, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Stickchecked View Post
Out of curiosity, does anyone anywhere have a setup where one can try out skates at a rink before buying? (For a fee, of course) With the importance of skate fit, it sounds like it could be a good little event / business in the right market(s).
It's a good idea in principal, but the reality is that ice time is terribly expensive and not worth it given that trying skates on as it is now works. Imagine, you'd have to prep the skate as a retailer for that, rent the ice, sacrifice several pairs as 'demo' skates and that still doesn't guarantee a sale. It's not worth the effort and it takes too long.

I think there are some bigger stores that have a little pad of artificial ice in the skate area, that could be more feasible.

On the manufacturer side though, this is a different story, the big brands routinely have demo days where they bring trailers full of gear for people (mostly kids on rep teams and organizations) to try out as part of a larger brand event.

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