It comes as no great surprise that the shopping behaviours of horse owners have changed rapidly over the years. This shift has mainly been brought about by the internet. Increasing numbers of online tack shops have popped up, in response to a rising demand from people who appreciate being able to purchase the items they want without even having to set foot outside of their front door. That is not to say the traditional tack shop is dead. There are still a large number of shoppers who prefer to see and feel products in person before handing their hard earned money over.
One of the reasons people go to a tack shop is because they can see the items with their own eyes before buying. Some physical tack shops also offer additional services such as ‘bit banks’ and saddle trials which allow people to try equipment out for a number of days, to ensure the fit and design works for their horse.
Another benefit of visiting a local tack shop is the human contact, the personal touch. If a customer is unsure about which product would work best for them and their horse, the sales staff in a physical shop can often provide a useful input, often backed up by their own experiences. Local tack shops are also usually a good source of regional information. There is often a notice board where people can post sales and wanted notices, competition schedules and other announcements. The same level of interaction and socialising simply isn’t possible when surfing the World Wide Web.
Much has been said about the benefits of physical tack shops but there are plenty of benefits to using online stores as well. As a rule, online tack shops have fewer overheads as they are not paying for rent and can usually survive with a smaller staff base. This means that they can afford to offer products at more competitive prices than a lot of physical outlets. This means there are some great savings to be found and you don’t need to limit yourself to one store sale.
With online tack shops there is also the bonus of having a significantly broader choice. There is no need to restrict purchases to just what is offered at the store down the road. This means that customers can be a lot more discerning about their purchases and can be very selective when it comes to budget, style and quality. With many overseas companies offering international shipping it is now even possible to buy goods from online tack shops across the world- such as the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Australia. If you are going to ship directly to the UAE remember that you don’t need to pay sales tax or VAT in the country of origin.
There is also the time aspect with online shopping. Many people, especially if they are balancing work, a family and horses, are time poor and don’t have an awful lot of time to be running around tack shops. An online tack shop can provide the perfect solution, taking just a few minutes to complete a transaction, instead of the hours that can be eaten up by driving, parking and browsing.
To reduce the cost of shipping UAE residents can make use of Aramex’s Shop & Ship. This service forwards your online goodies from your post box in the US or UK to your home in the UAE.
Despite the positives and negatives of both buying online and in person, there are clear benefits to both options, depending on the shopper’s circumstances. There are times when it pays to visit the store in person, if you have no prior experience with the product in question for example. However, if you are sure of the size and type of item you want, online shopping can certainly offer excellent value and choice.
Horse UAE’s Top 5 favourite online stores
Calevo.com Has a great slection of the latest Pikeur, Eskadron, Passier and Stubben products. Sign up to their discount system and get up to 12% off.
EquestrianClearance.com If you are looking for a bargain then look no further, every day is a SALE.
Schockemoehle.net Offers top brands as well their own mid range products
RobinsonsEquestrian.com Good selection of stable products a long with reliable customer service
AmiraShop.co.uk Gersimi, Cavallo and Caldene products at great prices