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post #1 of 22 Old 02-02-2015, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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snow blower season over?

It seems odd that the power equipment vendors in my area have already started switching to lawn machines while the snow is still falling. The dealer that I bought my new Ariens from just 2 weeks ago has no machines in stock and won't be getting any more this season. His showroom is covered with Ski-Doo's and John Deer lawn tractors.

The local Sears only had a few 26 inch models left. My brother was looking for a 22-24 inch unit that they had a week ago for $700 and the sales guy said they sold 53 of them in one day. No more at the warehouse, won't be in stock again till next year.

I don't see any grass in my yard... but lots of white stuff.

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Try to buy a swimsuit in July......you know........., when you need it
Feb is when all the big boxes get their contracts for lawn equipment.
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That's normal for all stores..
Fall/winter stuff comes out in August, Spring/summer stuff comes out in January..
Its nothing new!

For snowblowers, the stores don't want to be stuck with excess inventory that doesn't sell, so they probably delibrately under order...but it does seem very ilogical sometimes! Winter is only 60% over..3 months down, two to go..yet riding mowers are now on the floor at Home Depot and Lowes at the start of February! I cant imagine anyone would buy one until April at the earliest, so that makes no sense to me..

But these stores know what they are doing! They are optomised for profit, so there must be something to it that we just don't get..

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Likely anybody in the Northeast wanting a snowblower will need to get one second-hand. After all the snow we've received, I bet every new machine got snapped up.

Whatever, it means that I can get a machine the wife can use for cheap this summer!

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I was at Lowe's 2 weeks ago and they had a bunch of snowblowers lined up in front of the store. Can't imagine they sold them all. I'll have to do a drive-by one day after work.

Local drugstore has a full shelf of sunscreen already!
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We just tried to buy a sled for our 3-year old daughter... couldn't find anything in any stores locally.
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We just tried to buy a sled for our 3-year old daughter... couldn't find anything in any stores locally.
Got a Cabela's near by?

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Big box stores keep just enough that they hope for a late Feb mega storm and everyone's old machine breaks. In hopes they'll come in and clear out their remaining inventory.
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Got a Cabela's near by?
Na, unfortunately not... we do have a Bass Pro Shop about 40-minutes away.
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We just tried to buy a sled for our 3-year old daughter... couldn't find anything in any stores locally.
Amazon sounds like the way to go. I've never found anything to be out of season there!
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