Torture can come in a variety of forms. If bondage is your thing and you'd like to be tied up and beaten by a dominatrix with whips and chains... good for you. But shopping for quality skateboard equipment shouldn't be torture.
Shopping for skate equipment should be easy, convenient and full of high quality equipment, not the shoddy stuff they sell in mall stores, box stores and sporting goods stores. Only your local skate shop carries quality products at reasonable prices. Some folks are happy to buy a crappy deck at Wal-Mart or Olympia Sports.
Real skaters demand and require high quality skate products that won't break or fall apart in a day or two. Not everyone knows how to tell quality from crap. Here's how...
If a complete skateboard costs $30, it's crap. If the graphic is a Ninja Turtle, it's crap. If you're not shopping at a dedicated independent skate shop, it may well be crap.
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 in the mall, discount stores, toy stores and sporting goods stores.
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.
Your local skate shop is the only place that cares about you and ensuring you get high quality equipment. Department stores, toy 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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