Blog reader Vyom purchased a pair of Alpinestars SP-2 gloves (manufacturer site | planetdsg product page) from planetdsg.com and wrote a comment on this post saying he got the link from my blog. I commented him a questionnaire asking for information on his product purchase experience. He just reverted, so I thought I'd post his 'site review' so that all of you can have a read. Normal text is mine, Arial is Vyom's.
How did you like the website?
The look of the website was ok and i found the site easy to navigate. however there is no search box on the front page and should be there rather than as a link.
What did you think of the product range on offer?
The product range is all Alpinestars. When i had spoken on ordering the products, i had been told by their person that they carry more brands also which will be online soon.
Do you perceive planetdsg as an expensive place to buy kit?
I didn't find the site expensive. Though prices are higher than US rates but a lot cheaper than what people quote over here in Chennai. They should try reducing further.
Did the goods live up the promise? In terms of product description, price, shipping cost and shipping time
The gloves I bought were original alpinestars SP-2 and they charged Rs 95 for shipping from pune. i think it's OK. The gloves arrived on the second day of order. Someone had called to confirm order when I had placed it and paid online.
Would you buy from planetdsg again? Would you recommend planetdsg to a friend?
I have recommended the site to many colleagues and don't mind buying for my requirements again. In fact i plan to buy knee guards next month.
- If you don't mind... what was the total cost of purchasing the gloves (including any and all charges)
When i bought gloves, at that time the costs were split into price + tax + shipping. Today i saw they have displayed price+tax directly which i find better. My total cost of purchase was Rs 5045 including shipping charges of Rs 95.
However, empirically checking, I found the Alpinestars SM-X R boots, for instance, differed much more. They're roughly Rs 13,000 at newenough.com, including shipping, but not including customs. But they're a whopping Rs Rs 17,750 at planetdsg. However, the last time a someone I know purchased a pair of Sidi Verterbra 2 boots from newenough.com, the customs slapped a Rs 9000 duty on them... Decisions, decisions...