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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

So after 10 years skiing K2 Axis, I'm ready to join the modern world with some new boards. My question is, what kind of a discount off MSRP might one expect at ski sales, and what time of year is best?

 

I've got a line on the ski of my dreams, nearly 30 percent off $900 MSRP. Am I going to find a better deal than that as the season wanes or should I pull the trigger now?

 

(OK, I already know the answer to that question sort of, but it's one I have to ask).

post #2 of 20

Make sure you check with the EpicSki sponsors before you decide.

 

That said, prices will drop at the end of the year, but I don't know if you'll get a lot more than that off. It depends on the ski. And whether or not they are still available!

post #3 of 20

first of all no one pays msrp on any ski gear. brand new in the fall, equipment is at the suppliers minimum advertised price, which usually amounts to about a 15 to 25% discount off of msrp. so 30% off msrp doesn't look like much of a discount.

 

if you have been paying attention this year, you will recognize that there is very little desirable product left in the retail pipeline.

 

historically prices begin to drop at retail presidents weekend. but supply /demand dictates what is available at what prices.

 

from a retailers perspective, i applaud your confidence, and wish you the best of luck finding the product you want in the size you need at a great deal. let us all know how your quest is going.smile.gif

 

jim

post #4 of 20

You should tell us what the ski of your dreams is and why.  Expect to find the best deals on skis in March-May, as retailers start to liquidate remaining 10/11 stock.  Discounts can vary a lot depending on what you are looking for, and you will probably have to jump on the really good sales.  I would look at larger online retailers like Evo, REI, Backcountry, etc. around that time, as well as local shops.  As mentioned, some of the really hot items, e.g. Kastles, rocker hybrids like JJs and S7s, and others will probably be sold out of all useful sizes by then.  If you aren't totally locked into a brand preference you can find some great scores though.  An example of what kind of discounts you can expect in the spring would be some 9/10 Gotamas that were selling on REI for around 350.00 for a week or so, all sizes.  Another great time to look is actually late summer.  Look more at closeout dealers around this time, like Sierra Trading Post, Steep and Cheap, etc.  Don't forget to check out the manufactuerer if they sell skis direct.  Voile had INSANE deals (like 80 percent off) on closeout models last summer, while the same skis were selling for 3 times as much from dealers.  Moment, and other smaller companies also typically have nice summer clearance prices.  You aren't gonna find that sort of thing from the big names (K2, Volkl, Rossi, etc.) though.  If you don't have to have em new, check Ebay and Craigslist and such starting now.  You can often find the exact setup you want for a great deal if you don't mind a handful of days on them.  This is especially the case when shops off their demo fleets.  Hope this helps

post #5 of 20

appears inventory/production was managed a bit more conservatively this year than the last couple of years.  Lehman going bankrupt had some trickle down...

 

Some of the items I am interested in are already sold out in the sizes I would want.  You can still find a deal though.

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice, folks. I realize I may have misspoke when I said MSRP, rather than minimum advertised price. The big-name, expert all-mountain ski + bindings I'm looking at sells for $899 nearly every where I looked online, as well as at the local shop. However, one site is selling for $636 with bindings in my size. I'm afraid if I wait for tax return, it will be gone. As soon as I convince my wife of this, I'll pull the trigger smile.gif

post #7 of 20

^ not an outlandish price if it is something really high end.  If you think it will sell out, I suppose your deal is a good one.  If the mysterious setup is pretty plentiful, it will get cheaper. 

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by jeanclaude View Post

Thanks for the advice, folks. I realize I may have misspoke when I said MSRP, rather than minimum advertised price. The big-name, expert all-mountain ski + bindings I'm looking at sells for $899 nearly every where I looked online, as well as at the local shop. However, one site is selling for $636 with bindings in my size. I'm afraid if I wait for tax return, it will be gone. As soon as I convince my wife of this, I'll pull the trigger smile.gif


I would be surprised that a shop is ADVERTISING a current year ski for less than MAP.

post #9 of 20

MAP means just that, min advertised.... My advice is to call one of our trusted sponsors here and discuss what they have left and what are your options.  Nothing like a good deal, but nothig worse than a low price from a shop that gives poor service and doesn't stand behind thier sales.  Buy here and support the Bears... icon14.gif

post #10 of 20

You afraid someone here will go buy those mystery skis?

post #11 of 20



me?  if yes, I am proud to say i am very happy with my current quiv: Bent Chetlers for pow and blizz Ones for everyday   mx78's for hardpack (all subject to change) 

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You afraid someone here will go buy those mystery skis?



 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post



me?  if yes, I am proud to say i am very happy with my current quiv: Bent Chetlers for pow and blizz Ones for everyday   mx78's for hardpack (all subject to change) 

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You afraid someone here will go buy those mystery skis?



 



Wow, you haven't changed skis in, what, 2 months?  Doing better than me, BTW.  I think I have owned more skis this year than I have days on the hill, or at least it is pretty close. 

 

Did you ever ski the new 98 vs. The One? 

post #13 of 20

The question was directed to the OP since he seems reluctant to mention what the skis are.

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

OK, here's the big reveal: The skis I'm lusting for are 2011 Dynastar Sultan 85s. Am I going to find them cheaper than 30 percent off $899?

post #15 of 20

Have you tried them?

post #16 of 20

30% off 899 with bindings appears to be a good price for that ski, but you have to like it.  I haven't been on a modern ski I don't like so I do my best to refrain from commenting on gear review.

post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 

Have not tried these or other new all-mountain skis. Unfortunately, there's not a convenient way to demo them where I live. I have done extensive research and talked to staff people at two ski shops, and talked to friends. I know how I ski and what I like to ski, and these appear to fit the ticket. It's possible I'll hate them, but I doubt it. The Atomic Crimson Ti is the other ski I'm interested in.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by jeanclaude View Post


Thanks for the advice, folks. I realize I may have misspoke when I said MSRP, rather than minimum advertised price. The big-name, expert all-mountain ski + bindings I'm looking at sells for $899 nearly every where I looked online, as well as at the local shop. However, one site is selling for $636 with bindings in my size. I'm afraid if I wait for tax return, it will be gone. As soon as I convince my wife of this, I'll pull the trigger " rel="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif">smile.gif




 


Sounds like the 2011 Sultan 85's I just bought with the Fluid binding system. Go to Evo Gear and fill out their price match form and they will sell them to you for 5% less. My total price for a pair of 178's was $604 shipped. Sure, I may find them for $50 bucks less in May, but I want them now:D
post #19 of 20

From eBay . . . Dynastar Sultan 85 Fluid 172cm 09/10 Skis w/ PX12 Fld W for $500 shipped

post #20 of 20

I skied those and ended up preferring the FIscher Wateas a LOT more.  They've been around for a while and seem to pop up at a good price pretty regularly.

 

I also tend to prefer used skis, since I'm so cheap.  That way I can ski them a bit and can always get out of them.  I had the misfortune of buying some prized Kastles many years ago only to have them stolen at the resort after 1 day of skiing them.

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