Originally Posted by logruve
if they dont have any dealers spending/buying that much then they are worse off than everyone thinks they are. the company i work for has several single store accounts that buy in excess of that amount. not to mention the multi store dealers. you are the one in need of the reality check. i'd bet my bottom dollar that you sold more skis to pro's than you did to some shmuck that took a lesson from you.
In terms of the schmucks that take lessons from me. As per Fischer, I keep a spreadsheet of annual sales and yes my retail sales last year were about equal to my pro sales.
Lastly......how is Fischer doing? Here is a quote from another thread;
Originally Posted by troutman
In the US, there is no doubt that K2 and Volkl are currently the top players. K2 is the #1 brand in terms of pairs sold while Volkl is the #1 brand in terms of dollars sold. For this past season, K2 sold over 100,000 pairs domestically while Volkl sold almost 90,000. Volkl sold those pairs at an average wholesale price of close to $400.
Globally, it's a little different story. Fischer is believed to be the world leader in pairs produced. Rumors are close to a million pairs, but I can't substantiate this. Volkl does quite well in Europe - they are #1 or #2 in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. K2 does not do particularly well in the old world. I don't know if can be blamed on anti-American sentiment or not. More likely, this can be blamed on K2's lack of interest in racing. It seems the Euro consumer is still much more influenced by racing than freeriding.
K2 does do well in Canada, Australia and NZ.NZ.
Again......I'd love the name of the individual shop that orders 100k worth of skis from an individual manufacturer.