The above argument basically is nitpicking over semantics for a corner case where all bootfitters died from a bootfitter specific virus, and boots and bootfitters are as rare as Buddha.
The summary is you should get boots fitted in a ski shop in person. On the same note, older boots go on sale too; let the shop know that you are on a budget, then they can find you something that doesn't have the shinest graphics which will still work great for you. But don't get too cheap in this area and make big functional compromises just to save money. Note that the boots may not feel comfortable anyway until they break-in so it maybe hard to tell, but try to give as much feedback to the fitter as possible
Back to skis:
Given that last year was a very low snow year in lots of places, I would reorder Ghost's list to suggest that you can get used 2012 demos for relatively cheap which are in very good condition.
If I had the same budget, I may prefer buying the latest ski over spending the same money on an unused older generation ski.
If I don't have a set budget, it were the same 2012 ski, the monetary savings might be an extra $200+ for the privilege of "new". The ski has been out only maybe 10-20 times. Giving 10 people the honor to ski on it first for $20bills is worth it in my book. Skis don't die after 10-20days. Besides, a $25-$35 tuneup will make everything run proper again (if not already included in the used sale).
As a side note, you can also ask about what skis might be a great value at the same shop you get your boots, and if what they may offer sounds good. Or just ask their general opinion. They are working in the industry they will give you some "expert" advice. You can bring back their suggestions here for review, and if you decide to get it all from one place, that helps with the relationship with the skishop should you need assistance down the line
Edited by raytseng - 6/3/12 at 1:35pm