A few days ago, a picture of a Polaris Slingshot was posted on a public blog. It was captioned “I drove my friend Scott Jordan into Google X’s offices to take a look at their new product – the Polaris Slingshot.” The blog post stated that the Polaris Slingshot had been used by Scott Jordan, a professional blogger based in Vancouver Canada, for testing the usability of the Slingshot prototype at Google’s headquarters. The post also included pictures of the Slingshot, as well as an image of the company logo:
This image quickly went viral across the internet, and was circulated by email, and then spread via Twitter. The fact that this was published on a popular blogging site (owned by one of the biggest search engines in the world!) gave it a certain amount of credibility, but was there any actual information in the picture or source citation? And why was there no reference to the brand name Polaris?
Indeed, while we were at it, we should mention that the Polaris brand does have a significant history. In fact, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it was the first company to patent a ski-lifts chair back in 1976. Another interesting fact is that the Polaris name is also the name of the brand that makes the Slingshot – so once again, we have a potential conflict of interest. Furthermore, there is no publicly available record that shows that the polaris company had any prior knowledge of the Slingshot project. However, it’s also not clear what exactly happened between Scott Jordan and the company that gave him the Slingshot name.
Now, let’s put that aside for now and focus on what this all means for the average consumer. How does this affect the likelihood of buying a polaris slingback? Given the current state of the economy, the chances of you being able to save money on a high-ticket item like a polaris Slingshot are probably pretty slim. For example, the Slingshot is among the most expensive hiking backpacks currently available, even after considering the shipping. And the price is only going to go up from here. If you’ve set a budget, you’ve likely already realized that you’ll have to sacrifice a major luxury to be able to spend less.
Therefore, even if you do manage to save a bit on the Slingshot, you’re still not getting a discount that most people would consider a great deal. You’re likely to pay more than you would for a comparable backpack. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to – and if you can get a discount, that definitely helps.
One way you could get a lower price on a Polaris slingback is by purchasing it used. There are many used sporting goods stores out there, as well as a number of websites dedicated to finding good deals on used equipment. It pays to be a careful shopper. However, this isn’t always the best strategy, especially when it comes to brand names.
Now, we come to the price. This is where the picture of a Polaris Slingshot may turn out to be a little misleading. While the price on the internet may give you a sense that you’ve saved a bundle, there’s no telling how much exactly you’ve saved. In fact, when you get to the store, your prices will go up substantially. The problem with buying used is that there’s no way to evaluate the quality of any given slingback until you try it on – and that’s before you’ve ever taken a look at the picture of a Polaris Slingshot that you bought from an internet site.
I can tell you one thing for sure: buying a Polaris slingback isn’t going to save you any money. You can easily spend three times as much as you would have if you’d just gone to a store. Your best bet, then, is to buy the slingback online. That way, you can make sure that the picture of a Polaris Slingshot that you’re looking at is the actual one, rather than an online replica.