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Today’s top selling “Women’s Cycling Vest” on Amazon.com is … a t-shirt.

top selling women's cycling vest

Still, that’s better than the top selling women’s cycling jersey, which has been a stick of deodorant for at least two weeks now.

Found via this experiment in which I collect Amazon sales data and compare against price and customer rating. My preliminary read: In terms of sales volume, price wins over quality every time.

In related news, Carlton Reid writes how brick and mortar bike shops can compete against deep discount online retail in the February 2015 issue of Cyclepress Japan, which covers the Japanese bicycle industry.


Ask for recommendations for a cycling jersey, and hopefully the sales associate won’t point you to thirty-dollar antiperspirant.

I’ll happily collect the four to six percent bounty I collect from Amazon sales, but I’ve found low quality equates with returns and lost commission for me, so please, for your sake and mine, buyer beware.

One comment

  • February 11, 2015 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    I attended a sales seminar at Interbike one year. The speaker challenged everyone in the audience: “At the end of the day ask yourself: ‘how was I better than a vending machine today'”

    He also related how sales associates at Abercrombie & Fitch were basically models with a single skill, pointing to the items on the racks.

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