Hey there EpicSki forum, I am interested in finding out what skis I should get. I have a pair of Salomon boots, and I have a max budget of $200. I will buy used ski's that are in good condition, please let me know what you all think.
If you only have $200, you're at the mercy of scouring your ski shop for end-of-the-season used demos sales.
To get down to $200, you're going to likely have to settle for mediocre/poor condition or some damage. Or very short or much older skis.
Best advice is find some way to fund your ski habit.
Most demos are in adequate shape, mostly cosmetic damage, because the shop wanted the potential buyer to have a decent experience. Demos are not the same as rentals. Suggest you comb your local or slopeside shops in March and April. Also try sites like Level Nine. But at the end of the day, even demos will tend to run over $200 because you're also getting a binding. You will probably end up with something off Fleabay that's 3-6 years old, as long as the base and edges are OK, you're good to go.
My hunch is that certain companies either tend to overproduce or their skis just don't sell or they deliberately assume that wholesalers will take up the slack. Dynastar, Head, Line, Fischer come to mind. Look for something in the 75-80 mm waist range, since carvers aren't holding their value like fatter models. Peruse the older reviews here or at sites like Real Skiers or Skiing to see what's worth pursuing.
I think if you increase your budget to around the $400-$500 mark, you will find that you now have pretty much every option for 1-2year old demos which is where you want to be to get all the recent technological advances.
Pretty much every one of the well-respected ski makers will have an offering which will be a for your skill level and room to grow. So then it's up to you to decide which flavor you like.
The general advice is if possible see if you can try before you buy-if your shop will allow you to apply price towards skis.
For the intermediate area, It's like a car, a midsized honda/toyota/nissan/ford/chevy are all going to be more or less similar; a personal preference that you're going to grow out of at some point.
OP: Go check stuff like this out before you buy into the $400-$500 model. There's plenty of good skis out there for <$300. http://www.levelninesports.com/Atomic-2012-Nomad-Intruder-Skis-W-Xto-10-Bindings