Originally Posted by greysides
Essentially the choice is between a pure internet webshop where you know what you want and you shop around to get the best price (Include shipping into the price).....Or, you need advice on what to buy or perhaps would prefer to try the kit before you choose. In this case you have to accept that the facility to do so is not without cost to the supplier and you will need to be willing to pay more. Also, if the kit is on-site to try you can't expect to find less common kit to hand.
Even the sites like Alternative Sporting Services will have to back order less commonly requested kit and there will be a wait.
Don't want to wait.....? Try a local supplier but accept the choice will be from the most commonly used equipment. As said before you will probably get good advice and this may well save you money by not buying the wrong thing. Arrows in particular need to be matched to your draw weight and draw length. Buy the wrong shafts and you still need to buy the correct set. Local suppliers are also the people which sponsor the sport locally.
Quicks are cheaper to buy from the internet than to visit a shop and this reflects what it costs them to supply a shop and staff.
Basically that's your choice.
To answer your exact question, I mainly buy from the internet as I'm not near archery shops but where practical I will buy from local suppliers. I have also bought second-hand. As a barebow archer, some of my requirements are not standard fare and I buy what I need. So no clear-cut answer there.
Hi Greysides, thanks for the response. Like yourself, I am nowhere near an archery supplier, so the most convenient way for me to buy things would be from the internet. I am a member of an archery club so if a current member has some gear that I would be interested in buying, I can try it out at the club and shoot a couple of ends. There are quite a few intermediate shooters at our club, so there are people with Samick Visions, SFs and intermediate Hoyt bows that I can try out. The club have also measured me for arrows, so I will be ordering those through the club.
The sites I've been mainly looking at are Merlin Archery, Bowsports, and Alternative Archery Services. Quicks as well, but they seem to be way more expensive, even their online shop. Are there any other good ones that I may have missed? I am reluctant to consider Ebay as there's an element of doubt about the condition of the gear.