UPDATE: We've been astounded by such a fast and positive response to our original feeler annoucement!!!
If you're just now seeing this: We're pursuing converting Buggy Depot into a customer-owned cooperative!
See our co-op goals below. If you love it, let us know!
🇺🇸 Buggy Depot was originally founded in 2005, very early on during a time when the buggy sport consisted of a handful of small enthusiast-based parts sources helping out other members on the forums track down parts. No massive Amazon, eBay, or Walmart to compete against. These days the giants are absolutely crushing independent sellers like BD in the parts market, shoveling out inferior products with zero support whatsoever. And sucking the air out of the room for the rest of us smaller fish who actually do care about your buggy. Many great sellers and good honest people we've known since the start have been forced out of business in recent years. Our parts aren't the cheapest, but you get so much more value for your dollar by doing business with real enthusiasts who are focused on making your overall buggy experience the best it can be. Even if it means spending an hour with you to help figure out the root of your problem before even discussing a sale. Even if it means selling fewer parts in a transaction, because you just don't need all the extra stuff you thought at first in order to fix your machine. Keeping you running has always been the priority, not milking profits as much as possible. After a good fight to maintain our support in recent years while being squeezed hard by the retail giants, we've now come to the point of needing to decide to sell a large stake of the business in order to raise funding, and restructure in order to adapt to current market conditions.
However, rather than selling to investors or competitors who will want to kill our support for the sake of profits, we want to partner with fellow riders like you. People who already "get it", and won't want to discontinue our greatest work. Let's continue and expand the knowledgable and helpful support, awesome custom USA parts, and new R&D projects!
Cooperatives are focused on meeting needs, NOT generating profits. Buggy Depot was founded out of the community, so it makes sense that restructure in a way that passes the torch back to the new generation of Buggy riders.
The Amazon, Walmart and eBay squeeze has forced us to face this reality. In recent years it has become very popular for people to talk to our technicians for 40 minutes and then get an inferior product from Amazon because it's cheaper. We can't pay technicians if we don't have money from the sale to pay them. With our cooperative goals listed below, we'll be able to increase our parts coverage, reduce our prices, and directly compete with the giants.
PROPOSED COOP INITIATIVES
WHAT WE CAN GET DONE
Cooperative parts: At cost, not profit Business Model
We can offer Buggy Depot Quality tech verified parts near eBay prices
by adopting a customer-owned business model.
Raising enough funding during the conversion to co-op will allow us to place parts orders in greater bulk than ever before:
renegotiate supplier rates,
and CUT OUT EXPENSIVE AIR FREIGHT 🤮 for
the lowest possible prices on parts that are already tested and verified as the best versions coming out of China.
The savings are then passed on to co-op members.
Cooperatives are focused on meeting needs, NOT generating profits.
- Build new 150-sized USA Super mini buggies 🇺🇸 We have all the equipment to build super modified buggies at low volume in the USA. Think 30 to 50hp range in a reinforced 150/250 size USA frame. Crawlers, racers, crosskarts, whatever style we set our minds on. Made by and for members. Let's build some mini land rockets.
- Design and produce better Chinese buggies We riding folk know a lot more about buggy problems than the companies making them. Let's flip that around, put our heads together and make our own damned buggies in China the way we want them. We'll fix the common flaws and weaknesses. BD already has the contacts and relationships established overseas to make 1000 buggies per month if that's what co-op votes decide.
- Think up your own custom parts, Coop will make 'em 🛠 Don't wait for vendors to make the parts you want, they probably won't. Get the support of enough members to justify a run, and the co-op produce a batch for you at a fair price. Our equipment and machines are at your disposal.
100 secluded acres of BUGGY LAND in Lunenburg Co, VA
We currently own 100 acres of back country in Lunenburg County, VA.
It's perfect for track racing and trail development.
Our plans to develop this land into an ATV park have support of local and state government!
- Local chapters: Assistance securing land near you Get together with others near you, the cooperative can help you get organized to build your own local playground.
THE FIRST STEPS
TOUR OUR SHOP: TECHNICAL SKILLS, ENGINEERING, AND FABRICATION