Corporate greed is hurting local independent skate shops. The folks who run your local shop are putting their heat and soul into skateboarding which helps propel it to new levels. Corporate suits have joined the party to get rich and get out. This leaves the life-long skater in a bad place.
Break the curse of corporate greed by spending your money at a shop that cares about customers and about YOU. In the long run, this will help skateboarding and keep it in the hands of those who care about skating more than they care about money.
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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