Hi, I have skied in the northeast using rentals for many years now and decided this year to purchase skis. I bought 150 cm rossignol rebels with bindings for 75 dollars and size ten dalbello visio 3 (scroll down) boots for 100, all used. I am 173 cm tall. Today I took them to our local ski shop to have the bindings remounted and the skis sharpened and the people working there told me that the skis were practically straight, that they were too old, too short, that I had overpaid for the boots, and that it wasn't really worth paying the money to get them tuned up. They then offered to sell me new 163cm k2 stingers with bindings that they apparently had laying around from last year for $350 . The skis with bindings go for 429 new so it doesn't seem like a bad deal at first glance.
I don't know much at all about buying skis but I am fairly serious about skiing and if I have to I will fork over the money to get working skis. However, I don't have a ton of cash and the whole pitch at the ski shop seemed very switch and bait. Should I just buy those skis, or is it worth it to look around more or even use the skis I have? Also, will the boots I have work or should I think about buying boots too?
Thanks for any help.