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    Cheap Surf Products

    We all know that China makes about 90% of our surf products. I just found a website you can order direct from China for a quarter of the cost.

    http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?...tId=0&manual=y

    Really good deals, I'm going to order a pair of fins for $20. My past transactions with them have been super smooth, Ill update everyone on the quailty of these fins.

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    Interesting site.
    Nothing says 'slave labor' and 'quality' quite like $7.00 leashes & $ 13.00 'Quiksilver' board shorts & $ 69.00 3.8mil wetsuits. (3.8....?)
    Corporates like Quiksilver & others must be just lovin' sites like these.

    Not ripping on you, fupa; just making observations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Interesting site.
    Nothing says 'slave labor' and 'quality' quite like $7.00 leashes & $ 13.00 'Quiksilver' board shorts & $ 69.00 3.8mil wetsuits. (3.8....?)
    Corporates like Quiksilver & others must be just lovin' sites like these.

    Not ripping on you, fupa; just making observations.
    Slave Labor...yes but different surf products than what your buying in the surf shop....NO!!! Sorry dude but I'm a working man, I'd rather give the manufacturer $12, than buy the same boardshorts for $60 in the States. Good on them for elimnating the middle man (quiksilver, billabong). I have no issues buying from China. And neither do any of the major surf suppliers (I.E. Quiksilver Billabong, Rip Curl). Although, they just have to be careful about the licensing, but thats not my problem. We can go on and on about China manufacturing but that is just the nature of the beast these days. Also, keep in mind that these are coming direct from the manfacturer so their English may be poor which could explain the 3.8mil wetsuit. They don't surf (clearly) but just make the products.

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    Everyone's a working man. No need to apologize for that.
    Yep, that's correct about no difference in the products.
    And I didn't state that there was a difference. Just making the observation.

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    fin: $23 per piece That's $46 for the set? http://www.aliexpress.com/item/M3-ho...647567130.html
    shipping: $73

    Where's the savings?

    And... those fins are not true FCS fins, are they? Unless they're the manufacturer of FCS fins, without the FCS logo, they're knock-offs.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Mar 4, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fupafest View Post
    Sorry dude but I'm a working man, I'd rather give the manufacturer $12, than buy the same boardshorts for $60 in the States...I have no issues buying from China.
    yea, screw the other working men who are trying to get by! screw the surfer shops that support the local surf communities, i need to have $20! saving MY $$$ is all that matters, f**k everyone else.

    hope you have no issues buying your boards from china, b/c that's the logical end result of this. i've said it before, & i'll say it again: i'm happy to shell out a few extra $$ to support my local surf community, both the shops & the shapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    yea, screw the other working men who are trying to get by! screw the surfer shops that support the local surf communities, i need to have $20! saving MY $$$ is all that matters, f**k everyone else.

    hope you have no issues buying your boards from china, b/c that's the logical end result of this. i've said it before, & i'll say it again: i'm happy to shell out a few extra $$ to support my local surf community, both the shops & the shapers.
    While I agree with you in principle, I believe his logic on boardies and wetsuits is sound. We all wear Billabong, Oneil, etc suits and shorts, and all these are made in china. Either way, you are paying money to china, so this may cut out the middle man. Boards are a little different, as you can actually get those made locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    While I agree with you in principle, I believe his logic on boardies and wetsuits is sound. We all wear Billabong, Oneil, etc suits and shorts, and all these are made in china. Either way, you are paying money to china, so this may cut out the middle man. Boards are a little different, as you can actually get those made locally.

    unless you only go direct to the shaper, you still need to go through a shop to get boards. w/out clothing, wetsuit, & accessory sales, surf shops wouldn't exist. it's impossible to stay in business selling only surfboards. if that happens, eventually it won't be feasible for shapers to stay open, even selling directly to surfers b/c the vast majority of surfers don't get their boards that way. & if the surf shop route is removed, they'll go to places like costco which will sell only cheap made-in-china boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    unless you only go direct to the shaper, you still need to go through a shop to get boards. w/out clothing, wetsuit, & accessory sales, surf shops wouldn't exist. it's impossible to stay in business selling only surfboards. if that happens, eventually it won't be feasible for shapers to stay open, even selling directly to surfers b/c the vast majority of surfers don't get their boards that way. & if the surf shop route is removed, they'll go to places like costco which will sell only cheap made-in-china boards.
    Um, I buy from my shapers directly. I didn't buy my wetsuit from a local shop anyways. I bought from wetsuitwarehouse, like many people on this forum. My local shops have a very limited selection, and prices that are higher than average. I only use my local shops for board accessories. Many of the shops in my area sell the chinese made popout boards, which means they are taking money away from the local shapers more than anyone.
    I am all about buying local, but buying Chinese slave labor clothing from a local reseller is not helping anyone. If there were some local clothing companies selling goods in that shop, I would definitely opt for that. It doesn't matter anyways, because I won't be ordering from the site posted here. I am not comfortable with my CC number going to a random Chinese website.
    Last edited by brewengineer; Mar 4, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

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    dude, no. Are things in your life really so tight that you can't walk into your local surf shop to buy leashes and fins? Heck, you might even see a surfboard you like, or even crazier, meet other real life surfers. Like, a real life surf forum dude.