<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fritz:
I've ordered a lot of stuff from LP over the last few years and when I call, I deal with Mickey, who's been there for years and sends me their catalog free every year. I didn't used to be this way. LP used to encourage direct consumer sales but they're trying to change their focus to becoming a supplier. That's why when you call, they may say something is on backorder. Dealers get the priority on stuff. If a dealer has ordered items in bulk to stock his shelves and you order ONE directly from LP, who do you think is going to get the parts?
BTW: Why bother ordering Intuitive products from LP when Intuitive has their own website you can order from. I once tried to order the Intuitive frame sliders from LP and got the standard "on backorder" response. I found Intuitive's website and ordered at the same price and had them in two days.
I don't agree with this philosophy of dealer first. I would think the dealer would be less likely to turn there business away from LP for being short on a couple items than I would. They have many cool products (in the catalog-as someone pointed out) but if they can't deliver then I'll look else where.
The only reason I was going to order the sliders from them was because I was at the dealer picking up the bike and wanted the sliders right away (HAHAHAHA)-just in case.