Q: I want a particular type of kayak but a store assistant is trying to talk up another model. What is the best way to proceed?
ALEC WATERS, WINSFORD, CHESHIRE
GR says: Always try before you buy and it pays to ask around in another store for a second opinion.
I recently heard of a store that was telling customers that a certain model had a six-month waiting list and it was impossible to get it anywhere else in the country. Actually they had a glut of models they were then trying to sell.
A quick call to another shop would have exposed this sales ploy because the model in question was in good supply and readily available in other kayak shops.
The moral of the story is to beware of sales patter and, if in doubt, seek a second opinion.