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?

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

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.

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