The expression, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" applies to many facets of life - skateboarding included. Decks typically run $50 and up. Completes tend to go for $100 and up. So how could a store sell a real skateboard for only $20?
There are 2 ways:
1 - They don't have a clue and will be financially ruined in 30 days.
2 - They are selling an inferior "toy" skateboard that will fall apart within 30 minutes.
Either way, you don't want to shop at department stores, discount stores, toy stores, sporting goods stores or mall stores for any skateboard equipment. Your local skate shop is the only reliable place to by a quality.
Many uninformed skaters/consumers 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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