Caveat emptor

Learn all you can about a product before you rely on a salesperson’s honesty to give you sound advice on your purchase.  Otherwise, you are setting yourself up to be burned.  Get burned enough times and you will learn the hard way. Well, maybe.

Racing bicycles, for me, began in my teens.  I knew nothing about bicycles other than how to ride one.  My first racing bicycle was a beautiful machine. The frame was too large for me.  I didn’t know better.

The mistake I’d made was thinking the salesman at the bike shop was my friend. I was a child, I didn’t know better.

The bicycle was the most expensive in the shop.  Expensive and non-fitting aren’t an ideal combination.

Overtime I did learn about bikes.  Eventually, I reached a point where I was specific in what I wanted from crank length to handle bar width.  In between I wasted a lot of hard earned cash.

Six years, seven months and 30 days ago I purchased a compound bow. I was older than I was when I spent my money on a racing bicycle by 42 years.  Sadly, I remain trusting and dumb.

The bow was the most expensive available from the bow show.  I paid top dollar.  The bow was discontinued 6 weeks later.  I didn’t know six weeks earlier that the bow would be off the market in less than two months.  What I know today is there was ample cause for the discontinuation.  My mistake – I hadn’t researched the bow and thought the salesman was a friend.  In my defense I only knew bow and arrow about archery.

I’ve wasted enough money by trusting salespeople I’ve gotten to know and considered friends.  They may seem friendly but it is all about the money.

If you are lucky enough to have a solid friendship with a salesperson to aid you in selecting sports gear good for you and good for that salesperson.  Still it never hurts to learn all you can about the gear you’ll aim to use in competition.