When the economy tanked a lot of companies got caught with their pants down. companies freaked, and a lot of inventory found its way to TJ Maxx and Marshalls. The should have tried a little harder to find an industry solution. In 2010 after Spyder sold Cloudveil they nuked 70K units of Cloudveil inventory to Level Nine. Outside of unforseen economic meltdowns companies need to do a better job of managing their inventories so they don't get put in the situation where they have no choice but to stab their independent dealers in the heart. Since the meltdown most are know running a tighter ship and their are fewer closeouts now than 3 years ago.
Point is, if you love skiing think twice before you drop coin on ski gear at Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshals, etc. If you take a minute you could probably find just as good a deal at local, national, or online ski shop.
Personally I am going to be a little pissed if in 10 years I have no where to get my skis tuned or a footbed made because all the ski shops went out of business and the only place to even buy ski gear is Walmart or Costco.