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I headed the other day that Gander Mountain now has Scuba dept. and that they have cheap tanks.

Or you can try the internet but then once once you get them you they are going to need a visual and you have to pay shipping so you might as well gotten then at a dive shop.

Last summer I bought two painted tanks and they were $169 a piece but I think unpainted AL are $159.
 

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I don't think so and I will not be buying anything scuba stuff at GM. I any just tell what I heard. I will continue to buy at the same place I have used since I have started. Cause they support and help me.

I am telling him where I heard there where cheap tanks.
 

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Oh, I know they have dive gear - I stopped the other day just to check it out. Mainly TUSA and Mares gear.

I haven't priced gear at a store lately to see how prices compare.

They (GM) did have BC's and regs - but I forgot to check the prices.

My only caveat is you better know what you want when you go in there, cause I didn't see anyone around that looked like they knew what they were doing.
 

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Leisure Pro on the internet has aluminum 80's for around $130, shipping will be another $30 to 40. I bought tanks on line a few years back and they were in current hydro and vis. I also saw an aluminum 80 with boot, cap and protector at Houton Scuba Acadamey for $180.
 

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hydro and vis are not a problem Western tank is just down the street and they know me well. When you add in all the shippng your probably paying more. I'll go to the dive shop and see if they'll give me a deal on 6 tanks for cash.
 

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two place for good deals on tanks, ww diving company (humble) kenlees aquasports (south houston). both are good to deal with and offer excellent service and price. I would not buy anything from sea sports, last time i was in there i mentioned buying a flashlight off the internet and i thought the guy was going to have a coronary right there on the floor!!!!!! He was yelling and spitting about how the net was ruining their buisness, whatever, Most scuba shops have priced themselves out of bizness, 80-100$ for a flashlight you can buy on line for 40$ something is not kosher there.
 

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1. didn't Kenlee's close last year?

2. if you go into WW Diving and tell them about buying stuff off the internet, they will likely have the same coronary ;)

it's a very small, equipment intensive sport. If you dive locally, it requires a local store to get gear serviced and buy air, etc. Don't get mad at a local store owner for defending his livelyhood.

you can't keep a local store open selling only lessons and air.
 

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I didn't know he closed, thats a shame, it was a landmark to me anyways. scuba and guns what a place.
 

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michaelbaranowski said:
I headed the other day that Gander Mountain now has Scuba dept. and that they have cheap tanks.

Or you can try the internet but then once once you get them you they are going to need a visual and you have to pay shipping so you might as well gotten then at a dive shop.

Last summer I bought two painted tanks and they were $169 a piece but I think unpainted AL are $159.
Buy the unpainted, preferrably bead blasted tanks.

Who worries about getting their tanks serviced? If they fail, you probably won't be around to take them for service. If you take care of them, you will end up getting years of service from any new tank, and any LDS should VIP and have hydro service for you. Valves typically don't need a whole lot of service, if you take reasonable care with them. Of course I service my own... :)

Now if you want Nitrox/Oxygen service tanks, you will need to look elsewhere, or have them cleaned probably. I bought two tanks on clearance at the old "JUMBO SPORTS" when they were going under. Now a regulator, or a computer??? I wouldn't recommend buying those anywhere but your local reputable shop, and certainly supporting a good shop has merits of its own! You can probably get a reasonable deal at your LDS if it's a decent shop (are there any left?). :D If you are buying 6, find someone that will work you a quantity deal. Buying 6 ought to get you something!

Good luck...
 

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will_spear4food said:
Who worries about getting their tanks serviced? If they fail, you probably won't be around to take them for service. If you take care of them, you will end up getting years of service from any new tank, and any LDS should VIP and have hydro service for you. Valves typically don't need a whole lot of service, if you take reasonable care with them. Of course I service my own... :)
Dude,

VIP's, Hydros,& Fills, = getting tanks serviced
 

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What he said...

10-4 I can personally vouch for that for all of my gear. Capt Waldo (Dennis) is also a heck of a nice guy.

scubaru said:
I've mentioned it before, but here it is again:

WW Diving in Humble will price match Leisure Pro or anyone else online as long as the item is in stock.

word.;)
 

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scubaru said:
Dude,

VIP's, Hydros,& Fills, = getting tanks serviced
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I have worked for and run several shops. I don't know a one that won't, as you say, "service" a tank from any customer that walks in. Maybe things have changed? Any shop that wouldn't is awfully short sighted, what with people moving from one area to another, receiving presents from someone else... inheriting gear from others... "Servicing" that gear is a great way to make new happy customers and a great way to boost profits! Inventory for providing that service is very cheap! (a lot cheaper than carrying an inventory of cylinders that often end up sitting around and being clearanced at closeout prices... or used as a "loss leader"). Cylinders are not usually a "high profit margin" item for dive shops... but are carried themselves as a service for customers.

JMHO... based on common sense and experience. :D

And yes, Dennis has always been A1 to me! I am all for doing business with dive shops whenever possible. It's darned hard to keep them around when people are buying their gear mail order or off the internet... or from general purpose sports stores that have no diving professionals on staff.

The purpose of my previous post was not to promote doing business elsewhere than the LDS, but to make sure something wasn't misrepresented.

Find a LDS that will readily and happily service gear purchased from other sources, and you will find a shop with a great attitude that deserves your future business! Buy from them and support them, so they are there when you need service later. Your local fire station may have a cheaper connection for hydro testing, but they can't help you with other dive equipment needs.

WS4F
 

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will_spear4food said:
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I have worked for and run several shops. I don't know a one that won't, as you say, "service" a tank from any customer that walks in. Maybe things have changed? Any shop that wouldn't is awfully short sighted, what with people moving from one area to another, receiving presents from someone else... inheriting gear from others... "Servicing" that gear is a great way to make new happy customers and a great way to boost profits! Inventory for providing that service is very cheap! (a lot cheaper than carrying an inventory of cylinders that often end up sitting around and being clearanced at closeout prices... or used as a "loss leader"). Cylinders are not usually a "high profit margin" item for dive shops... but are carried themselves as a service for customers.

JMHO... based on common sense and experience. :D

And yes, Dennis has always been A1 to me! I am all for doing business with dive shops whenever possible. It's darned hard to keep them around when people are buying their gear mail order or off the internet... or from general purpose sports stores that have no diving professionals on staff.

The purpose of my previous post was not to promote doing business elsewhere than the LDS, but to make sure something wasn't misrepresented.

Find a LDS that will readily and happily service gear purchased from other sources, and you will find a shop with a great attitude that deserves your future business! Buy from them and support them, so they are there when you need service later. Your local fire station may have a cheaper connection for hydro testing, but they can't help you with other dive equipment needs.

WS4F


Ok, so you feel the same way I do about doing business with your LDS vs. online. Last time I checked you couldn't drive over to LeisurePro and get a Hydro, VIP, or fill. I guess where you are misrepresenting your train of thought is the "Who cares about getting their tanks serviced?"

Anywho, get 'ya some bottom time and come up with dinner you'll feel better.

RU Out
 

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Ok, so you feel the same way I do about doing business with your LDS vs. online. Last time I checked you couldn't drive over to LeisurePro and get a Hydro, VIP, or fill. I guess where you are misrepresenting your train of thought is the "Who cares about getting their tanks serviced?"

Anywho, get 'ya some bottom time and come up with dinner you'll feel better.

RU Out
Well, the terminology "service your tank"... was used in a way that sounded like it implied there was a lot more to be done with a cylinder and that there was some reason a shop wouldn't do it if the tank wasn't bought from them. That would be an insane practice for a dive shop, not that everyone in the dive business is sane! :rotfl:

The smart shop will service every piece of gear it can, regardless of where it comes from. Many repairs lead to new purchases, as well as provide an income stream for the repairs.
 
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