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post #1 of 14
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It's fall & while there is a ton of excitement in the air, I find my self stressed- again. Every serious skier runs into this at some point or another. How to clear the quiver.... I have yet to sort it out.

I have a basement of stuff; like a kid in a candy shop I picked up stuff- stuff I'll never adequately use & now time marches on & I want more stuff!

I find EpicSki to be a great place to unload,but recently even this is not working. The trouble is that gear devalues so quick & then you have to take a loss or no one wants it as it is too old.....

Last week I put a boatload of FKS binding up on TRG (sorry, some things due better over there) & allowed folks to set their own price to move em.

I did move a pair of tele boots in August after 2 years on telemarktips.com. Guy thread harvested & called out of the blue...

I could haul it to the swap, but those are a pain & the you have to do the humiliating walk of shame when you pick up unsold gear:LOSER!

I thought about FedExing my skis to Phil for the labor day swap, but how much would I pay to send a well used pair of 188 Bros on a cross county trip?

There are new old stock edgewise tuned Nordi WC GS skis on gear swap here now I would take a tank of gas for if someone wanted them.

Last week I offered $60 shipped for a used Slalom...still sitting!

I skipped the Pico swap bc... Well it's Pico!

So who here is the guru of not getting stuck w the goods & what are your secrets?
If anyone needs, I have a full set of lime green Nordi WC buckles circa '93 that now look cool again!

eBay before anyone jumps on that has gotten weird.... I new tips to clear out! Pls help!
post #2 of 14

I like the garage sale, but it seems only skis with bindings will sell there and they'll only sell for cheap prices.

 

Craigslist can work, but I will only use it when I setup the sale so that there's an agreement to purchase without the usual "I wanna come over and check them out" first crap. 

 

This season I'm doing the big ski swap in our area.  I just hauled 7 pairs of skis over there and a bunch of boots.  My goal right now is to get down to 12 pairs of skis, but it'll probably end up at 15 for now (and that's still a huge improvement that will make the wife happy).

post #3 of 14
Isn't the killington swap this weekend? There's one at Colchester HS too, which I'm missing.

Ski maven has a good list of the swaps...

Bummed I missed the fks's. I've been looking
post #4 of 14
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Isn't the killington swap this weekend? There's one at Colchester HS too, which I'm missing.
Ski maven has a good list of the swaps...
Bummed I missed the fks's. I've been looking

Killington is this weekend. Still, I've not done well there & to lug the gear up & not unload is just demoralizing. Don't get me wrong, K swap is a great place to score, yet poor to sell.

I may still have some FKS!
post #5 of 14

Purge? Sell while the market is still high. icon14.gif

post #6 of 14
Yeah, I feel your pain! Things seem pretty slow to move this year. Lots of good deals out there including yours. Without bindings, definitely a lot harder to sell skis because no matter how cheap the ski the buyer is then often looking at another $100+ to put a set of bindings on (plus mounting) so it no longer looks such a good deal. I always try to make sure any skis i sell are mounted to suit the buyers BSL .

Epic is still one of the best forums for good quality deals though. What I have found over the last couple of years is I get a lot of pm messages looking for stuff based on previous sales. I very much appreciate the confidence placed in me by these people and hopefully have not let anyone down with the quality of deals and equipment. I would also highly recommend the quality of gear from IRIP! (Must. Not. Buy these. nordies biggrin.gif )
post #7 of 14

A good tune and clean bases are more important than a couple of scratches on the top skins. 

post #8 of 14
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I new tips to clear out! Pls help!

Napalm works nicely. Saves setting traps for the cockroaches, too. 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

It's fall & while there is a ton of excitement in the air, I find my self stressed- again. Every serious skier runs into this at some point or another. How to clear the quiver.... I have yet to sort it out.
I have a basement of stuff; like a kid in a candy shop I picked up stuff- stuff I'll never adequately use & now time marches on & I want more stuff!
 

What is this "purge" you speak of? th_dunno-1[1].gif  eek.gif

 

It sounds just awful....

 

 

Now this "add too" part I am familiar with....this I highly recomend biggrin.gif

post #10 of 14

I pondered this very same question for several years as my space for ski storage got tighter and tighter.  All these older skis that I've loved every minute spent skiing on them now just sit around.  I still like to stand and gaze at them.  Nobody I know within the local area skis enough or has any interest in aged gear.  Cost and time spent shipping them to someone else after deciding who most wants them seemed too aggravating to justify the effort.  So, this is what I decided to do with stuff I know I would NEVER take out on the hill again except for a retro day joke or something else I'd regret knowing what else I could be skiing on..

 

nonono2.gif

 

 

 

But hey, I can still stand and stare at them remembering how much I enjoyed skiing on themth_dunno-1[1].gif

 

I wouldn't mind having some junk pairs of other skis I've owned screwed there next to them..  K2 233 mids, hart freestyle, Rossi FMs.. and hart gremlins of course!


Edited by crgildart - 10/3/12 at 11:47am
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I pondered this very same question for several years as my space for ski storage got tighter and tighter.  All these older skis that I've loved every minute spent skiing on them now just sit around.  I still like to stand and gaze at them.  Nobody I know within the local area skis enough or has any interest in aged gear.  Cost and time spent shipping them to someone else after deciding who most wants them seemed too aggravating to justify the effort.  So, this is what I decided to do with stuff I know I would NEVER take out on the hill again except for a retro day joke or something else I'd regret knowing what else I could be skiing on..

 

nonono2.gif

 

 

 

But hey, I can still stand and stare at them remembering how much I enjoyed skiing on themth_dunno-1[1].gif

 

I wouldn't mind having some junk pairs of other skis I've owned screwed there next to them..  233 mids, hart freestyle, Rossi MFs.. and hart gremlins of course!

 

Are those RS 99's on the VO's?

 

Damn shame to leave them out there ....I know where they can still find love, even in their senior years!

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

Are those RS 99's on the VO's?

 

Damn shame to leave them out there ....I know where they can still find love, even in their senior years!


Ya, I toyed with sparing them from permanent retirement.  I've resolved myself to try to stick with Solly 900 series (or 877e) bindings on the current fleet and anything I need to tap for the foreseeable future unless the new acquisition comes mounted with something else decent.

post #13 of 14

Do you still have the FKS bindings? What DIN are they?

I never realized TGR had a forum for selling stuff, thanks for the info. I always sell my stuff on craigslist.com and if it doesnt sell, I used it again this year.

post #14 of 14

I took my old skis and boots to Play It Again Sports last summer only to find out they give you less money (lower % of appraised sell price) during the off season and will not cary the credit over to the ski season. I figured I'd at least find an old set of clubs I liked but no such luck. No way I'd reload the car with all that crap and haul it back down so I sold enough gear outfit a family of four for less than $200 and went home. Now I've got a little more space in the closet a small amount of cash and the green light to BUY MORE STUFF!

I have a friend who purges 90% his wardrobe at home about once every two years. Most goes to charity. Figures there are folks who need it more than he does and it allows him to shop for new. Helps him feel better two ways. I'm not sure the logic is on target but he sure does get by with a smaller closet than most folks.

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