Buyer beware of the KCI expo center hot tub clearance and swim spa show this weekend. Shows like this have become very popular all over the country in recent years. It sounds like a great opportunity to save thousands on a hot tub or swim spa. They claim it is several manufacturers competing for your business. In reality, its a team of extremely high pressure sales people bluffing consumers into making a pressured decision on a major purchase. The average sale is 20% higher than a typical local dealer charges for an equal product. There is only one company involved and they are not a manufacturer in most cases.
One thing is for sure, there is no local service, training, water testing or warranty help. Although they indicate they have local service, that translates into “we have contracted with a 3rd party to go fix you spa if it breaks”. The consumer pays the high trip charge and labor usually. If the third party disagrees with the small fee offered, there is no one left. This weekends show appears to be a brand called barefoot spas although we can’t confirm. Not only is there no dealer anywhere near Kansas City currently, there never has been. Typically, a quality spa manufacturer doesn’t need to sell its products by bait and switch high pressure sales team at weekend shows like the KCI expo center hot tub clearance. If they have a quality product, local dealers are more than happy to represent them which results in 10 times more sales volume.
As much as we at Recreation Wholesale hate to cast a negative light on anything to do with the spa industry, this type of business practice really needs to be examined. Look closely before a purchase is made. Make sure you research the company your buying from (at this point, we couldn’t identify what company is actually taking your money) and check it out. A spa is a MAJOR purchase and should bring years of quality time for your family. Even the best made spas in the world require service and training. A poorly manufactured spa can require a TON of repairs.
Worst of all, when you buy a spa, hot tub or swim spa from shows like this weekends KCI expo center hot tub clearance, every last dollar leaves Kansas City. Please support local business and compare what you are getting for the money.