There are a lot of things that can (and should) be learned in school. On the other hand, school doesn't really prepare you for the greatest job you'll endeavor... Life!
Aside from being chased by security guards, schools don't provide any vital skateboarding know-how. Shouldn't a home-ec class teach something about household finance and quality -vs- cost analysis... of some sort? Alas, no. When it comes to buying skateboards, you'll have to educate yourself, but not everyone has that ability. Some folks (idiots) need some help from intelligent shoppers.
These 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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