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Thread: Gsi $$$?
Jul 25, 2012, 02:49 PM #41
Jul 25, 2012, 02:54 PM #42Senior Member
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Usually when something is really cheap and you can't find any info about it on the web, it's made in China.
Bumping this thread back to the top because I emailed JC and John himself actually responded.
Monday, July 30, 2012, 5:33 pm [EST]
Message: Hi I was wondering where your poly boards are shaped and glassed. I noticed a steep drop in their price at my local surf shop, and was curious to know if this was caused by a shift to overseas manufacturing. Thank you.
Date: July 30, 2012 9:18:16 PM EDT
To: (not posting my email here)
What surf shop are you talking about? We haven't made any boards overseas in almost 10 years but there could be some still floating around. We gave it a try almost 10 years ago but weren't happy with the results and stopped it. There have also been some rumors of counterfeit JC's from Asia. We have also stopped wholesaling our boards to quite a few surf shops because they are basically insolvent and won't pay there bills. Unfortunately these are some of the biggest shops. The economy has been hard on them and we are a small company, not a bank.
Because ALL of the large surfboard companies are now" corporate owned and the surf shops are not paying their bills we have decided to really go back to the "roots and specialize in custom boards. I was getting tired of mass production anyway, lot's of "white things". and being "semi-retired now (I only work 40 hours a week), my ego more than puffed up, I just want to know my customer and approach each board one at a time. It seems to be working well and it sure is more fun and interesting.
But please let me know which shops. We still sell to the good shops (real) and like to monitor these. They might be blems that they move cheap. Boards get worked in the racks at the shops and I refuse to take them back figuring it's not my fault they get mishandled. Hopefully there not counterfeit. We have seen counterfeits of almost every brand but despite rumors, we have never actually seen a counterfeit JC. I would love to own one. What a great conversation piece....mahalo and God bless...jc
ps...ALL of our boards are made in either our Hawaii or California factories, except when I travel to foreign countries and shape there but I watch over every one of those too...No China!
Jul 31, 2012, 10:12 PM #44
Jul 31, 2012, 10:20 PM #45Senior Member
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I had a diamond tail 6'4 walden from local shop and it was made by gsi. Held up good and price was descent. I purchased a stretch sword 6'3 brand new from real watersports website for 399$ with a free board bag... Local shapers are gunna have trouble competing with that considering the personal finance of many in this economy. If they can work with low mark up or profit margin they may survive, or hope there are those in the market conditioned to spend more or else the used/imported/online-off the shelf are going to sell. It's a tough situation for local shapers with the mix of globalized world markets, technology, and economic status that doesn't appear to have a bright outlook for the developed nations.
Aug 1, 2012, 02:58 AM #47
Aug 1, 2012, 02:58 AM #48
Aug 1, 2012, 03:24 AM #49Senior Member
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Njsurfer I'm just part of the mentioned individuals financially unable to justify spending extra hundreds of dollars to support a local shaper...I never said I was okay with it.
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Aug 1, 2012, 03:38 AM #50