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Are Ariens blowers of inferior quality at big box retailers?

I was all set to buy an Ariens Deluxe or Platinum snowblower at an independent dealer. But I stopped into a Simplicity dealer who told me that a few years ago Ariens began making "dumbed-down" models with cheaper parts for the big box retailers.

Furthermore, he said that those "dumbed-down" models have now become the standard for all Ariens models, regardless of where it is sold.

So, in other words, even if I buy from an independent dealer I will be be buying a cheaper "big-box" version.

I would appreciate any comments on this.
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all TORO, ARIENS snow blowers are the same where ever you get them. the only difference is that the big box stores do not service them.

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And there has been some interesting dealings with getting box store bought machines, serviced.

Not that Ariens did not step up to correct it, but it's just something to deal with.

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Depending on the size you buy and somebody here could tell more exactly, the smaller size comes with a Chinese made engine LCT I believe hence to be able to stay with the competition.

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all TORO, ARIENS snow blowers are the same where ever you get them. the only difference is that the big box stores do not service them.
Okay, so the consensus is that the snow blowers are the same at dealers or big boxes.

But I wonder the the Simplicity dealers comment is true. He said that originally Ariens had different models for big box vs. dealers. But about a year ago Ariens decided to simplify things and began selling the big box version at both locations.
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Okay, so the consensus is that the snow blowers are the same at dealers or big boxes.

But I wonder the the Simplicity dealers comment is true. He said that originally Ariens had different models for big box vs. dealers. But about a year ago Ariens decided to simplify things and began selling the big box version at both locations.
Slime ball sales 101. Rail the hel1 outta the competition to get YOU to buy THEIR product. Being in sales myself, I hear of this all the time. I do not subscribe to this theory. Everyone has their place.

Take a wonder into your local Ariens dealer and pick their brain. Ask them to "sell you" on their product versus a Simplicity. Tell the Ariens dealer they are being trashed talked. Give them a chance to save the sale. Could be interesting. Who knows, you might end up getting a little money off the Ariens if you are ready to pull the trigger right then and there.

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Oh,,,,,,,, and welcome to the forum.

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a student of today's machines, I have my hands full with the Gilsons of the world. However keep in mind that Ariens and Toro have multiple tiers of machines from Pro/Commercial down to some that are pretty lightweight. I believe that at least once upon a time the big box stores did not get the top shelf models. I'm thinking those days have passed. In that statement a grain of truth may lie.

It is also true that on many products the big box stores have exclusive variations that include cost reductions. This allows a lower selling price and confounds comparison shopping since the have unique model numbers.

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I was all set to buy an Ariens Deluxe or Platinum snowblower at an independent dealer. But I stopped into a Simplicity dealer who told me that a few years ago Ariens began making "dumbed-down" models with cheaper parts for the big box retailers.

Furthermore, he said that those "dumbed-down" models have now become the standard for all Ariens models, regardless of where it is sold.

So, in other words, even if I buy from an independent dealer I will be be buying a cheaper "big-box" version.

I would appreciate any comments on this.
that's the private retailer trying to dissuade you from buying the big box store machine, because he doesn't have the volume and can't meet the price the big box store sells at. when you stack them high, you can sell them cheaper. don't believe it. having worked in manufacturing for a while, no company is going to run separate lines for big box stores and small retailers. it would not be cost effective.

I would not be too thrilled about getting a machine serviced at a private retailer. they too hire kids for minimum wage that don't know their wrench sizes, and can do a number on your machine. it's best to service your own machine, and learn as you go.




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