Before you start laughing at your buddy's "Shreddie The Shredder" board that Grandma sent him for his birthday, educate him. Explain that a crappy board from a department store or toy store will always be a crappy board. Then take him to the local skate shop and make sure he sees the difference between "Shreddie The Shredder" and a real skateboard.
Now you can laugh at his ass.
The uninformed need your help. You can lend a hand and help support local skate shops by downloading these SYLSS "Crappy Skateboard" WARNING LABELS (4-up PDF files) and stick 'em on those crappy products you encounter.
Only independent skateboard shops sell quality products that won't break or fall apart in the first 10 minutes of use. Boards purchased from crappy department stores and gluttonous box-stores are unsafe and will usually result in unnecessary injuries.
Clue-in and buy from your local skate shop. They are the only ones who care about you and ensuring you get high quality equipment. Department stores and sporting goods stores only want your money. Independent skate shops want to keep you as a customer by helping you get the best products available.
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