This is a topic that makes me weepy. I pay full retail for what I get. I am a relative noob, despite being one of the first members, after Mathurin, to join ES.
Manufacturers/Dealers to Gravitate Towards:
Any of them who are here and actively serving the public good.
I know two of them now:
Justin Elmore Lemoir (since my beginning here). Justin and his firm are first rate in every way.
I've got an Ezee Kit on the way.
The second Manufacturers/Dealers to Gravitate Towards: Li PING, call him Ping; his friends call him Ping.
I have just met him since my return to ebiking, through this forum, his reputation here is like gold.
I have corresponded with Ping and I have a battery on its way now (it goes in the mail tomorrow).
Of all the fine, good people in a wide world of all kinds, I have found these two: the supplier of my new bike's motor kit,
and of its essential battery, ready to install. Ping speaks virtually perfect English. He is kindly, prompt and....
of all the good Chinese people there must be: billions, surely, Mr. Li Ping stands out from them all, to us, because he is
here, for us, and his product is said to be extraordinary.
Justin (great name) and Ping. Play a game here? Ping pong your business for ready-to-install stuff between Justin and Ping?
There are others: Ypedal here is a pioneer member and fine dealer. But I wanted a freewheeling, geared motor.
The firm that Knoxie helps out: first class.
I name only two, though, because I feel that I know them so very well already. I "read minds".
Ypedal, Ping, Justin.....I happen to know their minds: courteous, helpful, and hell, I'd feel safe even if I had to pay cash in advance for any goods....
...cash in advance? In the olden days, that's how mail order business generally worked: you mailed in the money and you waited and hoped. I digress only slightly. Today we pay safely, with a CC, and know we will be well-served and are legally, well protected;
but with any of these named firms/felllows? I'd trust them like the ebike brothers which they are to all of us.