Mountain Equipment Co-Op Rumors

Monday, 10 December 2007
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MEC Logo Stopped into my local MEC tonight to pick up some winter cycling wear. It's getting cold and slushy.

I asked about the general public response to MEC removing the polycarbonate bottles from the shelves. They said that members have been coming in with mixed response. Some have been happy about the decision to take a higher road in the wake of all the uncertainty around BPA. They said that a good amount of people have been quite angry about the decision. "How dare you get rid of our stocking stuffers!"

Me: Why didn't you drop the bottles after Christmas?
MEC Insider: If we removed them from the shelves before Christmas then we would have had a huge rush of people returning their new but used bottles.
Me: Where are your unsold bottles?
MEC Insider: They are all in storage until March when we decide what to do with them after the Industry Canada report on the safety of BPA comes out.

Also, there are rumors of a major price drop for ‘08 on the price of glass kayaks. I guess the feeling is that over time, the price of glass boats has become just too expensive for the common man. Oh course it hasn't been confirmed but it is something to dream about...

MEC Logo Stopped into my local MEC tonight to pick up some winter cycling wear. It's getting cold and slushy.

I asked about the general public response to MEC removing the polycarbonate bottles from the shelves. They said that members have been coming in with mixed response. Some have been happy about the decision to take a higher road in the wake of all the uncertainty around BPA. They said that a good amount of people have been quite angry about the decision. "How dare you get rid of our stocking stuffers!"

Me: Why didn't you drop the bottles after Christmas?
MEC Insider: If we removed them from the shelves before Christmas then we would have had a huge rush of people returning their new but used bottles.
Me: Where are your unsold bottles?
MEC Insider: They are all in storage until March when we decide what to do with them after the Industry Canada report on the safety of BPA comes out.

Also, there are rumors of a major price drop for '08 on the price of glass kayaks. I guess the feeling is that over time, the price of glass boats has become just too expensive for the common man. Oh course it hasn't been confirmed but it is something to dream about...

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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