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    Default If you value SPO Sponsors read this

    Speaking on behalf of Armor Bags only, and understanding that this may apply specifically to sponsors that are manufacturers, and not other types of sponsors:

    Please support your local dive shop.
    Specifically, the dive shops that carry the sponsors line(s).

    In addition to a love for the sport, we sponsor spearfishing tournaments to get exposure for the brand and thereby get you, the divers (who support the SPO sponsors) to go into your local dive shop and buy the product. If you don't support the brand beyond the prize table we all loose. Specifically I ask you to support your LOCAL dive shop which supports this tournament.

    There is a fine line we walk between loading the tournament up with prizes, and giving away so much product that the shops loose sales. So please support your local dive shop and our (manufacturers collectively) brands.

    Thank-you
    Dave Carmichael (ArmorDave)
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    I was in the market for a new regulator about two months ago, I could have easily saved about 45% by shopping online. But then what concerned me is that I would not get the servicing that I can get by shopping locally, well as local as Tampa is to Spring Hill. It hurt at first, but glad that I used a local source, full warranty, and I have called him several times with just generic questions.

    Definatly support the LDS.
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    Diving is a service intensive sport. The LDS is everything to the SPO and the Spucs work closely with them to develop the best prize table possible. Most dive shops will match internet pricing.

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    Well said Dave. We at AO are sponsors for many tournaments and dive events and we enjoy giving back to those that keep our lights on! We know we aren't going to persuade a diver to leave their coveted LDS to come to my shop by simply giving hundreds of dollars of dive gear to a tournament prize table, but we know it keeps the events going and the social part of our sport alive.

    For those who do come to and shop at AO we thank you very much for all your support and your business.

    Capt. Bill
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    Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club www.tampabayspearfishingclub.org
    St. Pete Underwater Club www.stpeteopen.com

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    Just to be clear, this isn't a thread about LDS vs internet. That's another topic of discussion. My point is that it's the local (primarily west coast FL) shops that support the local tournaments; they, and the manufacturers make it possible for you to enjoy this event so I feel you should show your support to them when you spend you money.
    Dave Carmichael

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    Yep.!
    I dont buy a ton of gear as my stuff last a good long time but I am in the market for a good everyday watch and I am going to get the REACTOR Fallout fullsize because it is just cool as hell.! I made a few calls and my local dealer happened to be Aquatic Obsessions so I called and talked to the nice lady and will be up asap to get my new watch. Thanks to ALL the sponsors.!

    Dago.
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    Ditto above

    ALWAYS worth the few extra bucks to get the personal service and great conversation. That is priceless!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmorDave View Post
    Just to be clear, this isn't a thread about LDS vs internet. That's another topic of discussion. My point is that it's the local (primarily west coast FL) shops that support the local tournaments; they, and the manufacturers make it possible for you to enjoy this event so I feel you should show your support to them when you spend you money.
    While I understand the point you are driving Dave, I do believe Greg has a point. Don't buy online and spend your money with the LDS that supports the customer and the SPO. I am firm believer in supporting my LDS and certainly will try and help anyone that was involved in the SPO. If there are no LDS where are you going to get tank fills? Great post Dave!!

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    brandon scuba quest is right down the road from my house. they take good care of me and my equipment. i"ve never bought a piece of diving equipment online because of this reason.

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    The first place I look before I go to buy anything, even non-dive related stuff, is the shooter's book that every shooter gets at the St Pete Open. All the sponsors are there with contact numbers. No easier way to support the folks who support the best tournaments in the world.

    We may throw away the phone books, but never these sponsor directories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishkilla View Post
    brandon scuba quest is right down the road from my house. they take good care of me and my equipment. i"ve never bought a piece of diving equipment online because of this reason.
    That's because your the two time champ of the "largest spearfishing tournament series in the world" and now hold the trophy that Bucket longs for every August.
    Still searching for that extra fish my neighbor always ask about

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    Dave,
    I want to thank you for all your support with our tournaments as well down in Key West. Prize tables aren't easy to put together either, keep in mind that LDS who made sure the table was full. It takes a reputation with the supplier to get these items and a lot of work.
    Making a point to go to your LDS for all your needs will help to ensure that they will be there when you need them in the future and also keep the tournaments coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Lang View Post
    That's because your the two time champ of the "largest spearfishing tournament series in the world" and now hold the trophy that Bucket longs for every August.
    I get a HUGE discount at Brandon Scuba Quest just for being Fishkilla's dad!
    But even when it costs a little more, they offer such great service that I save tons of stimulus money in the long run!

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    Along the same lines, I would like to say thanks to the handful of prize winners from this weekend that have sent me messages to ask where their prizes came from so they could sent thank you letters or make a simple phone call. I promise you it will make their day.

    By the way, did anyone see who got the three aluminum fish I made? The awards ceremony is a blur.

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    Another point people may want to recognize is the sheer growth in the amount of spearfishing tournaments and sponsorship opportunities. I can think of atleast 25 spearfishing tournaments off the top of my head. 5 years ago you would be hard pressed name only a handful. This example of growth, however exiciting and positive, has a direct bearing on the amount of products a sponsor may be able to donate to each event. This is especially true if they are considered a dedicated "spearing community sponsor"and try to support every tournament, raffle, FRA, fund, club, etc.

    With this increased demand and dive industry sales low, there is now even more reason to support your LDS and embrace your "Spearing community sponsors"
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    With this increased demand and dive industry sales low, there is now even more reason to support your LDS and embrace your "Spearing community sponsors"

    I like this line from Pat's post.
    Last edited by ArmorDave; 08-20-2009 at 01:08 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogsniper View Post
    Along the same lines, I would like to say thanks to the handful of prize winners from this weekend that have sent me messages to ask where their prizes came from so they could sent thank you letters or make a simple phone call. I promise you it will make their day.

    By the way, did anyone see who got the three aluminum fish I made? The awards ceremony is a blur.
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