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Ask Erik: RAW! – Shopping Savvy

Shopping for hydroponics equipment is an integral part of developing your hydroponic growing enterprise. Shopping for hydroponics equipment is an integral part of developing your hydroponic growing enterprise.

Q:

Once I started growing it was easy to see that there are a lot of hydroponics shops in my area. I got a lot of used gear from a friend to get going, but I am now starting to build more growing space and need to buy some new growing gear. How do I know I am shopping at the right place? Also, is there some kind of secret handshake or something for getting a better price? (LOL)

A:

Freedom of Choice

Back when I started to grow indoors there wasn’t a lot of choice. Luckily, I ended up picking the right place for my needs. However, you don’t have to leave it to fate.

Today, there are lots of professionally run hydroponics retail outlets. Many are grower owned and operated, although sometimes the business end of things can end up taking a front seat to growing. Your shop keep should be delighted to be able to share their knowledge and experiences. It is in part their job to help make you a better grower; and therefore a satisfied customer.

What Do You Need?

If you want to shop on price alone, you need to know exactly what you want, and don’t expect much in the way of service and growing instruction. Retailers who sell on price are doing exactly that: hand them your list, haggle, “Deal or No Deal,” collect your things and don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Don’t forget that just because a store is friendly and offers great service doesn’t mean that they don’t offer competitive prices; it’s just not the main focus in giving you satisfaction.

If you want growing advice, a wide range of selection, to see working gardens in the grow store, etc. don’t expect to get too much in the way of warm fuzzies if you start grinding and making price the bottom line. Your shopping experience will become exactly that: a cold negotiation about price for goods, and you shouldn’t expect much more.

So, ultimately it’s up to you. What kind of shopper do you want to be? Decide what your needs are and look for a store that fits this criteria best.

Hydro Hang-Outs

Some stores have a coffee or espresso machine, a fridge with cold drinks and other comforts for customers because these locations want you to spend some time with them, to learn and, of course, to buy. Don’t forget that just because a store is friendly and offers great service doesn’t mean that they don’t offer competitive prices; it’s just not the main focus in giving you satisfaction.

Dirt Bale Blitzes

Other shops might simply feel like a distribution center. Everything is stacked up on shelves behind the counter. You simply place your order, negotiate price and take it or leave it. You can develop some solid working relationships in price-orientated locations too; it’s just a different kind of experience. Typically, if you shop at these types of locations you aren’t there for much advice and hand-holding. If you know how to play your cards when buying, you can definitely save some ching here, especially on bigger ops.

“It” Happens

Consider that there may be occasions when you need to return or exchange something you purchased.

When shopping for who your retailer of hydroponics goods is going to be, you might ask them about their policies for returns and exchanges. Do they look like they have the inventory to replace something right away if you need them to? Don’t forget that a lot of your investment is riding on having some critical pieces of equipment like lighting and cooling operating without interruption. You can’t afford to wait several days for replacements.

Food for Thought

Picking a hydro shop might be like picking out a pub. Sure, you might pay more for a pint at times, but is it only the drink you are after, or the whole experience?

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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