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Old 06-09-2005, 10:07 AM
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I hadn't put new impellers in my Bullet yet this year, so I figured that I would do it this saturday. I called my local BoatUS store and they had one. The West Marine right down the street had just one as well. When I asked them the price, they both told me $104.99 This is for the kit with the plastic housing. The guy at BoatUS is pretty cool and he told me to find it cheaper on the web, print out the page and bring it with me and he would match it, it's their policy.

I found them on boatfix.com for, get this....$46

The guy at BoatUS looked it up and told me that they pay $28 for them. Of course the azzhole at West Marine told me that they pay more than $46 for them....but he matched the price as well!!

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ive always found the Boat Us people to be helpful as could be when searching for something in the store.. but you go into west marine and your basically on your own..
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I needed a chart card for my gps,West Marine told me $300.
Went to Boat US and the guy there told me to buy the memory card for $70 and he informed me that I could have a C/D sent to me & down load it my self.
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I have tow insurance through BoatUS. They advertise West Marine's phone # on the tow card. Wonder if their one in the same. I like to support local business, but in that instance I would have told them to stick it and ordered online.
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I have tow insurance through BoatUS. They advertise West Marine's phone # on the tow card. Wonder if their one in the same. I like to support local business, but in that instance I would have told them to stick it and ordered online.
I believe that West Marine owns the BoatUS stores, but not the entire operation.

I just don't understand why they need to mark it up 400%??????
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I think they're one in the same now due to a buy out. But still operate under different names. West sucks, always higher prices, and little to no help. Boat US is always cheaper and seems to have a larger selection...and much more helpful too, With more benefits, like the tow boat membership. For about $100 per year you get free towing, gas delivery on the water, & even trailer service ! A good deal & cheap insurance.

Even though owned by the same parent co, West prices remain higher. If you mention a lower cost somewhere else, of course it has to be proven, they will usually match, but when asked why the differences in costs between the two companies with the same parent, they say thats just the way it is.
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craig, try ordering your merc parts from bam, lots cheaper.
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craig, try ordering your merc parts from bam, lots cheaper.
I usually order everything online. However, I wanted to replace these and needed them pronto.


Both West Marine and BoatUS had the same price of $104.99 and they both matched the price of $46 that boatfix.com has on it's website.
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I've always found that West Marine is way overpriced!! Not anymore....I shop else where.
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Go to the Boat US website - big discussion on this in their consumer affairs forum.
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