Is the Outdoor Community on Drop.com (formerly MassDrop) dead? It’d be a shame because it is the ONLY PLACE to buy really high-quality lightweight backpacking gear at heavily discounted prices. For example,
- Dan Durston X-Mid-1 Tent for $200
- Granite Gear X60 Backpack for $120
- Fizan Trekking Poles for $60/pair
But if you take a look at the other products for sale in the Drop’s Outdoor Community, they are pretty lackluster and few and far between, if they’re even in stock. Ever since the original community manager Danny Milks “left”, the Drop Outdoor Community has been rudderless and in freefall. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that no one’s minding the ship.
Perhaps more tragic, is that Dan Durston, Granite Gear, and Fizan probably signed EXCLUSIVE distribution deals with the Drop and they’re getting screwed by the Drop’s indifference. If the Drop isn’t going to invest in maintaining its Outdoor Community, they should release these vendors from their contracts so that they can sell their products directly to consumers or through other channels. That would be the moral choice and “JUST GOOD BUSINESS.”
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