So what would happen with two disc golf stores? Certainly they wouldn't open a new store next to DGW so let's imagine they open it in South OP, or North KC, or Lee's Summit. Now let's compare the prices that DGW charges to the other "said" companies...
We will compare:
1. Z Nuke from Discraft
2. Star Destroyer from Innova
3. Super Soft Wizard.
I will pull this info off of DGW, DD, LSDISC, DISC GOLF CENTER, and GOTTA GO GOTTA THROW's respective web sites.
DGW (web sales, store in KC)
DD (web sales, tournament vending, store in Emporia)
LSDISCS (web sales, tournament vending)
DISC GOLF CENTER (web only)
GOTTA GO, GOTTA THROW (tournament vending, web sales)
There are over 40 online websites which offer disc golf discs for sale. Most of which are individual sellers, disc golf clubs, or online retailers who do not specialize in disc golf sales as a primary source of income.
If you shop online you don't get to feel discs, touch them, make sure the plastic is what you want - to see if you like the color, etc. There is something to be said for buying in person. Most of the time disc golfers have to wait for tournaments to get that chance. If they do have a store in their area it's a Play it Again Sports, Wal Mart, Dick's Sporting goods, etc. that doesn't offer much variety and their prices are always higher (PIAS charges 24.00 for Star plastic, and 30.00 for a disc "signed by the champ Ken Climo" which is nothing more than a 12x star wraith with his name stamped on it). So having stores is a blessing.
So can KC support two stores? Who knows? I'm sure there's room for two. I'm more concerned with the bad blood which is sure to come from this. Is this going to produce a "them or us" mentality? This thread alone speaks to the seeds of that dilemma which are sure to create disharmony in the club. In my brief time with the club, I have rarely seen harmony as the first reaction to change.
As far as events being run by one group or another, that's another issue entirely. DGW is not KCFDC and vice versa. There is a long standing relationship between the two entities, but there is no exclusivity. And I believe there was a joint effort between said (breast size named company) and DGW in the past. So it's possible to see growth in the sport, even if it requires some baby steps to get there.
And as much as it pains people to hear this... KCFDC does not own the courses in KC. This club is a guardianship of the courses - volunteers who shepherd the sport here in KC. I think if someone wants to come in and run tournaments, they should be able to do so, but it would be better if they were working WITH our club and not against it. A fight doesn't help our sport grow at all.
Two stores? Not sure if it will make much difference. I think DGW is an institution in the sport and it has it's fans. If south OP opens a store, it will most likely take customers away from online sales more than DGW. No one in Blue Springs is going to travel to 151 street to feel a disc. And no one in Olathe is going to drive to Lee's Summit, or Lee's Summit to North Kansas City, etc. I live in Merriam/Lenexa. I won't drive to Lee's Summit or North Kansas City or Blue Springs to shop for anything. DGW has a distinct advantage in its location.
I have seen other stores around the country and there are some things other stores do better than DGW but not much. I don't think it's our right to say who can or can't sell plastic in KC. I just hope it doesn't sour things around here any further. I'm sure feathers are going to fly, but let things play out.