Alright so you decided that you would like some new parts for your BMX bike or skateboard, but the question remains, should you buy online, or order from an online shop?
Where you choose to buy is, in the end, mostly personal preference, but there is still some things you should take into thought.
Buying local provides many advantages, and disadvantages, just like buying online. Purchasing local lets you come in and examine the exact product you are looking at, also you can get a full and quick explanation on it from an employee. Buying online only has the few photos to view on the product, and only offers whatever description is included on the products page, and if you want an even further explanation you would have to e-mail the site and probably receive the reply a few days later.
Buying from a local store allows you to receive the item right away, but if they are out of stock then you will most likely have to wait for a week or two. If you buy online you will not have the product for however long it takes to ship, which takes anywhere from a day to even maybe weeks, but online stores are rarely out of stock, and when they are, they tend to re-stock faster than local stores.
If you are buying local, then you must travel to the part to buy it, where if you buy online, you are waiting for the part to come to you.
The final point I have to make is the return policy for local vs online. If you buy yourself a new part, but you receive it and don’t like it, returning it for a refund could either be really easy or really hard. If you bought something local then you will most likely be able to go back to the store with part, return the part back to them, and leave with the money you originally spent! Returning parts online however might not be so easy, you will most likely have to e-mail the site asking for a refund, and if they are willing to offer a refund then you must mail the part back, and eventually receive your money again.
As you can see there are many pros, and cons to buying online and local, but in the end, the decision is up to you!