wholesale direct pricing

Why are your warehouse prices so low compared to Stores?

4.  OFF-Site Sales

2.  Commissions, FAT Commissions

Retail Myths:
Beware of the fear mongering you will experience at stores.  Any company that speaks negatively of their competitors is a company you should be careful dealing with.  Would you ask a sales person at Toyota what they thought of Honda?  Realize you are always getting extremely biased information from a sales person when they are speaking about products they don't sell!  If you go to 5 different hot tub stores you will hear that the brand they have is the absolute best.  If all 5 stores have the best hot tub in the world, isn't someone lying to you?

We are a service company (all makes, all models), it's mostly what we do so you get the best service possible from us.  Most spa retailers don't want you to know that the parts that are used to make hot tubs come from very few suppliers so there is no need for concern of parts becoming obsolete or unable to locate later down the road. Even if you live in a small community without a local service company, plumbers and electricians can be found to service your spa.  

Now that we've shown you all the reasons why you should buy from Hot Tubs Ottawa, take a look at the features of what we offer:


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Rent, insurance, vehicle wear and tear, staff, electricity, supplies, property taxes and all of the other costs  that go into a retail establishment.  That is a huge part of the price you are paying, and have you forgotten that we haven't even discussed advertising yet?  Why do you think book stores are almost extinct?  Remember Future Shop, Radio Shack etc?  Think about this:  20 full time employees at minimum wage comes out to $40,000/month!  

Hot Tubs Ottawa's main business is Hot Tub service so our low cost warehouse operation virtually eliminates all of these expenses so you save $$$$

The Pump Lie (bigger must be better right?):

The biggest pump that exists for a hot tub is a 5hp.  There are no pumps that are more powerful than that, period.  If you see a 6hp or 7hp pump it is not the true horsepower.  If you want to know the true power of a pump you need to know the amp draw of the pump.  Some companies will also try to deceive you by bragging about having "brushless motors", all hot tub motors are brushless.

16.4 amps = 5hp, 
12 amps = 4hp, 
10 amps = 3hp.

The Jet Lie:

​We call this 1 jet, take a guess as to how many jets some companies will tell you it is (4)?

3.  Seasonality

5.  Components (you get what you pay for right)??

"We need a deposit today to hold this for you"!
"We can give you a great deal on last years model"!
"We have a truck coming in and there's only 1 left"!
"I can bring the manager/factory rep over and he/she can give you a way better deal than I can and they're flying out tonight"!
"I don't make commissions on the price, just the unit so I'm here to get you the best deal"!

Sales reps need to "grind" you into a deal or they don't get paid.  Most sales reps get 7-10% commissions and then another 50% if they get you to pay over a certain price.  For example if a rep sells you a tub for $10,000 that rep gets $700-$1000 in commission.  But if they sell you the same tub for $11,000 they get another $500 of what they call "juice" or "overage" on top of that. ​​

At Hot Tubs Ottawa inc. we typically make less on an entire sale than a sales rep in a store makes in commissions alone!

Hot Tubs are seasonal and very few are sold in the winter so stores have to make enough money off you NOW to pay for the slow months!

Hot Tubs Ottawas' warehouse is empty in the off-season so our warehousing costs go down to 0!

As soon as you hear about a Home Show you should run.  A retailer that hosts/attends one of these events, now, not only has all of there previous fixed expenses but now has to pay for the venue, advertising, flying in sales reps etc etc.  How do all of these extra expenses get covered?  Extra markups on the hot tubs.  Why else would they take that kind of risk to have a "huge" sale if there wasn't a payoff?  Do you really think a business is motivated to give you a deal or to make themselves money?

Hot Tubs Ottawas' prices are always low regardless of the "Big" deal retailers advertise that you have to "buy now"

Hot Tub "manufacturers" should be referred to as assemblers.  No spa manufacturer makes their own computers, pumps, jets, plumbing, stereos, lighting, or even acrylic.  This means that the hot tub you buy from a retail location has the same pumps/computers etc in them as our hot tubs so why are you paying so much more?  OVERHEAD OVERHEAD OVERHEAD.  This isn't even like buying the generic brand drink that "says it's the same" as the name brand but it tastes different, they're the same "drink".

Manufacturers literally buy the exact same parts from the same suppliers and then have to come up with a story as to why theirs is better.  "we have the eco-Magic water purification system......"  

Here is a simple way to think about this, our tubs are easily $3000-$5000 less than any competitors hot tub.  There is no $4000 hot tub part so why the price difference?  Look down at your feet and look at where you are standing when you make your purchase, that is what creates the biggest difference in price.

1.  Overhead, Overhead, Overhead!

There are around 60 hot tub manufacturers but there are only 2-3 producers of main components so why the huge discrepancy in prices?

Retail stores that sell hot tubs have ridiculously high overhead and markups on their hot tubs.  If this isn`t the case then why aren`t there multiple stores carrying the same brands in Ottawa?  Why do all hot tub dealers have exclusivity in their city/territory?  There is more than 1 Honda dealer, there is more than 1 GM dealer, why not with hot tubs?  Stores would undercut each other on the same product and they need the high margins to cover their overhead.  Where you are standing when you buy a hot tub is the biggest factor that will determine what you pay.

Before reading more of this buying guide make sure you know the type of buyer you are.  If you like to brag about where you bought your hot tub, you are probably not our customer.  If, however, you like to brag about the price you paid and the service you received, then you're at the right place.  Our prices are rock bottom so we don't negotiate or pressure you with a "deal you just can't miss" which means you can be assured that if your neighbour also bought a tub from us that you paid the same price!

Consumers don't buy products using logic, instead they use emotion and this is how sales people prey on you.  They use what is called fear of loss.  "last one", "buy now or you'll miss out," "get it before the deal ends".  If someone is applying pressure on you to buy something it is because it benefits them.  If they aren't applying pressure it's because it benefits you.

Think about this, would you rather buy a hot tub from a sales rep that SELLS hot tubs, or experts that repair and service them (all makes and models) like we do?  

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