The next time a mall cop tells you to leave, thank him! Sure, malls can offer some good spots, but think about what's inside them. CRAP... and lots of it. Don't forget the runny case of diarrhea available at the food court. Those mall stores that try to cater to skaters offer inflated prices and low quality product. Some of them carry the same brands as your local skate shop, but who would you rather support?
Independent skate shop owners run their shops from a love of skateboarding. They know the industry and they carry a wider array of products. Beyond that, they also help build and maintain the local skate scene. When was the last time the mall held a skate demo or had pros come in for a signing and session? Only your local skate shop will really take good care of you and skateboarding. They do it from passion not greed and wealth!
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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