Roadkill: February 2007

Happy New Year!
Feb. 16, 2007, 6:27 PM

Mmm, Blue LabelPrincessDragonsYear of the Pig

So, it is New Years again here, in this, the Year of the Pig. Gifts have been received, large bonuses have been paid, dinners have been eaten, drinks have been drunk, offerings have been made, dragons have been danced under, pigs have paraded, and we are thus off for holidays until the 22nd. Happy New Year!

(Go ahead and order but we'll ship after that.)


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50% Savings?
Feb. 10, 2007, 11:37 AM

It doesn't happen much anymore, but it's always amazing to hear someone uninformed comment that our products must be poor because a) they're made in Asia, or b) our prices are so much better than what they pay.

Many (most?) of the world's goods are made in Asia and scooter parts are no different. Even Italian scooter parts companies buy parts from Asia, India and Vietnam in particular, to resell with the allure (and much higher price of course) of “Italian” quality. They don't mislabel them, but they certainly don't market their origin alongside the Italian flags they plaster about. Often these parts are then resold to a 3rd shop which insists it only deals in quality Italian parts, and their customers in turn post dire warnings to others about not saving on Asian goods, no doubt justifying to themselves the very high prices they have paid. We certainly have some budget items, no different from other shops, though maybe a few more because of our range. But neither are the quality parts different, except that we manufacture so many of them in house ourselves.

Lambretta tank buffers Which brings us to the second point. It's cheaper to manufacture in Asia. That's simply the way it is. And on top of that we manufacture and sell direct with no middlemen which makes a big difference. Middlemen sell knockoffs for more than our originals! Or take our Casa RS Lambretta tank rubber buffer set, for example. Italian ones cost $22 before they are resold a few times. Our equal quality set costs $4.95 direct, ¼ the price! (Our wholesale accounts get great discounts and save big on bulk shipping, so they in turn can give you a good deal. Ask your local shop for scootRS products by name.)

Dubious still? Still the burning need for that buffer set to touch Italian soil and quadruple in price before making it's way back to you?

Here are some emails from just the other week, two from Western shops and, just for fun, one from an Italian customer:

I have recently finished unpacking the below orders that came in one large box. Being nearly 100 items it has taken some time to go through it all. I have used a couple of your products before and been happy, but having placed orders for well over $2,000 worth of goods, I was a tad nervous what the quality on such a wide range of items would be like. Whilst it was sad to see that I missed your calendars, I would like to say that I am very impressed with the overall quality of your products.
Just wanted to let you know, that we received our parts shipment, and have now finally had a chance to go through everything. I must say that we are very impressed, first off with how accurately the order was filled. We received all the exact items that we requested and all quantities were filled with 100% accuracy. I would like to extend a personal thank you to you and your crew for the care taken, not only in filling the order accurately, but also in the care that was taken in the packing of the order. We greatly appreciate the time that was spent on your end packing everything so compactly as to save us shipping money while still ensuring that all of the items remained completely safe during transport. I also must say that the vast majority of the parts that we received either meet or in many cases greatly exceed the quality expectations we had in mind.
Hi guys, I'm Italian so I'm writing from the mother country of Vespa, but let me say that you are really the best I found during the restoration of my scooter.

If you or your local shop have yet to “go Asian,” or try certain engine or electrical products from us because of quality concerns, give it a try. Because you know what? You probably already have and just don't know it.


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Our new slogan
Feb. 3, 2007, 7:10 PM

A recent comment about us has us considering using it as our new company slogan:


SCOOT RS BLOODY GOOD OUTFIT CAN'T GO WRONG.
Catchy and to the point.

By the way, did we mention Lambretta LD rims for only $15? Vespa VBB rear racks in stainless for $32? VBC headlight units just $9.25? (Hint: new scooter parts.)

ScootRS: kicking overpriced Italian parts in the teeth one at a time?

Well, maybe we'll workshop that slogan a bit more...


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