Originally Posted by GarryZ
But VA the Velvet Ski sheath would be so cool to own . You know your kid will need these skis soon enough. How can you resist ? As a Volant expert and collector what do you think they are worth ?
I'm sure they are great skis, the quality of Volants wasn't lost when their marketing emphasis changed, it was just the majority of the American market that was lost.
As for what they're worth, that is a matter of what a given person values them at. I certainly wouldn't buy them for $499, even if I was feeling very rich. The high MSRP on Volants is a marketing ploy to attract buyers who want to talk about how expensive their skis are, and how they can afford to pay for the best baubles one can ski on. The prices drop as time goes by, they end up on ebay after a couple seasons, new for what jaw709 is asking at first, then after they don't sell for months on end, $300-400 with bindings, and often sit unsold at those prices too.
BTW asking a REI what to ask for your skis is kind of silly, they are RETAILERS, and by selling skis, you become their competition. Why would they suggest a price that undercuts their market?