This was written by Steve Dunsmoor owner of Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth, Maine.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL ARCHERY PRO SHOP
At one point in time, before the internet, if you wanted to purchase new archery equipment you had to drive to your local Archery Pro Shop, physically pick out an item and talk to the person behind the counter or you had to mail order. You remember……the OLD DAYS! You go in planning to purchase an arrow rest or that sight you just can’t live without, but you can’t help yourself and before you know it you’re looking at lighted nocks and stabilizers, and don’t forget the manufacturer’s catalog for your favorite bow. A trip to the local Archery Pro Shop was the equivalent of a child going to the toy/candy store.
Today many archers turn to the Internet to make their purchases because it is more convenient; just a few clicks of the mouse and UPS shows up with your new bow or accessories. Yes, we can all agree that there is an element of shopping online that is very appealing. People are busier today than ever before and with the added expense of gasoline and increased traffic, shopping online definitely has its advantages. But what are you missing?
Visiting the local Archery Pro Shop is the equivalent to stopping at the bar “Cheers”, where everybody eventually gets to know your name. A quick shopping trip can quickly turn into a couple hours as you shoot the breeze, with the Archery Pro Shop employees and fellow customers. As you walk around the Pro-Shop you can look, touch and feel all the latest equipment, bows, accessories and more. That bow looks much nicer in person than it does on a website; I’m sure the Pro Shop owner will let you try it out. WOW!! Try that on the internet or at a box store; it feels much better when it is actually in your hands, as compared to trying to envision how it will feel from a photograph.
Perhaps you’re trying to modify, upgrade or repair your bow. You can bring your bow to the Archery Pro Shop and check out the repair options and see what components will work best. Perhaps you’re looking for a new mechanical release and the Archery Pro Shop owner is nice enough to allow you to take one out of the package so you can try it out. Working with your local Archery Pro Shop can take much of the guess work out of your purchase decisions.
Maybe something broke during your last league night or at a 3D shoot, a quick trip to the Archery Pro Shop can get the parts you need to fix your bow and get you back in the field for the rest of the week. When it comes to my archery equipment, I tend to be on the picky side and will drive over an hour to the Archery Pro Shop that has the part and can do the repair rather than waiting.
One of the most important things that you can find at an Archery Pro Shop is knowledge. The people in Archery Pro Shops, in many cases do this fulltime. As such they’re exposed to a lot of trouble- shooting for customers, as well as new products, and can be privy to many new solutions and techniques available.
The bottom line is that even if you shop online; don’t deprive yourself of the experience of patronizing your local Archery Pro Shop. They will appreciate your business and you will find a plethora of knowledge there as well as the potential for making new friends and future archery buddies. Archery Pro Shops offer a list of opportunities that just are not available anywhere else, including certified coaching and instruction. Archery Pro Shop owners have more competition now than ever before and trust me when I say that they will be happy to see you in their store.
Steve Dunsmoor NAA/NFAA Level IV Coach Owner: LAKESIDE ARCHERY
www.lakesidearchery.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 207-829-6213