Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ping Golf Wants You To Pay Full Price

In case you haven't guessed it by now, we live in the general vicinity of Augusta Georgia. It is a wonderful place. A place filled with golf courses, magnolias, sweet tea and blue laws. A place you can come to once a year and watch a "Tradition Like No Other", but, in doing so, not be bothered by the shenanigans of one Mr. Gary McCord.

However, as of this week, Augusta is not a place you can come to buy Ping golf equipment.

Due to the ever present bottom line of big business, two local golf retailers have been informed by Ping Golf that they will no longer be able to sell Ping equipment. Why you may ask? Because the dirty bastards were giving a 10% military discount to the local service members, thereby selling the equipment at a lower price than Ping authorized. And, in the name of sweet irony, one of the stores who's selling rights were revoked for giving this most unholy of discounts was none other than the pro shop at Gordon Lakes golf course, which is conveniently located on Fort Gordon, an Army installation.

Now, as former soldiers ourselves, we never did really feel that we were entitled to any more than anyone else. Joining the military was an honor, and any discounts were appreciated, but never assumed. That being said, to tell these dealers that they can't sell Ping equipment because they were hooking up the military seems a little, how should we put it, douchebag-esque.

So, to the executives at Ping Golf, we simply request that you go fuck yourselves, and wish only to inform you that you've joined Phil Mickelson on our list of people we hope get herpes.


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Mini Me said...

That is disgraceful.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Coralie Cowan said...

Well said. The worst part of this is: Ping gets the same money, regardless of end distribution discount. They're not loosing money, so why do they care?

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Randy said...

Being prior military, I too am familiar with discounts that a lot of businesses are willing to throw your way to solicit potential customers. I am also familiar with the bait and switch techniques that are employed by some businesses around military installations.

Be that as it may, it seems to me that these retailers that you speak of were apparently in violation of contract with Ping. Is Ping at fault for enforcing the contract with which both parties agreed? I submit that you're pointing the finger at the wrong party!
This is, in my opinion, a classic case of the "10% that screw it up for everyone" scenario.

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