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post #1 of 29 Old 09-01-2016, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ariens Surprise!

Included in today's newspaper was the weekly Lowes ad that had Ariens snow blowers. Looks like the same lineup as Home Depot. Very interesting.
I would still only purchase from a local dealer though.
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Agree - exact same line-up. I was in Home Depot yesterday and also saw the Lowe's circular this morning. Price appeared the exact same in both big box stores as well. Surprising, as Lowe's was always a Troy/Club Cadet/Husky seller. Maybe the bottom line to all of this is that this puts a lot of future repair volume in the dealer network, thus making the dealers happy. And thus putting a different subset of future customers in their physical stores....
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And thus putting a different subset of future customers in their physical stores....
UHH, a what subset..?

Duuude, you lost me there
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A subset is a part of a group, or in this case the consumers who buy their snowblower at Lowes/Home Depot are a subset of all the consumers who bought a snowblower.

It brings to mind the argument of do you get better service if you buy from a dealer as opposed to the big box store. In this case Ariens may have cut some sort of deal with their dealers to service all snowblowers equally regardless of where they were bought.

If the dealer doesn't see you as a subset of owners and just sees you as a potential customer for service he could cut his floorplan inventory and make money doing more service while stocking less machines. The old win win!

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Interesting point stromr. I have to think that Home Depot is not happy about this. Ariens as a business is always looking for ways to increase its market share and now offering their quality machines through an additional big box will most certainly achieve that goal. The consumer also wins because they now have greater access to an excellent product.

As you said the dealers will likely benefit from an increase in service dollars through "white glove deliveries" for the big boxes, maintenance, repairs and warranty work. The dealers at this point still have exclusive access to the Platinum series machines and I believe some or most of the Pro series.

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Hi

At least around here the Lowes web page shows Ariens. When you drill down, they are not available at the local stores or for direct ship to home. Effectively there, but not there.

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New models

Probably the new Pantham models.
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Yep

Like Uncle Bob said. They are there but not there.
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Was at HD yesterday picking up some calking and checked out a few Ariens machines. Nice, but hate to say it, snowblowers in general are getting less sturdy by the year. Thinner metal, less and smaller fasteners, etc. I might still buy one at some point though, just for the more modern engine.
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