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Great way to purchase kids skis and boots

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I'm in the Netherlands visiting my daughter and wandered into a ski shop in The Hague, as you do. They had a system for buying kids skis and boots which I'd never come across before and which I thought was a great idea and since I've seen a few posts asking about kids skis and boots I thought I'd share it with you..

 

Firstly you buy skis and boots (skis 229 Euros about $294 and boots 69 Euros $84) After a year or whenever inside 2 years you need them, you get a free pair of skis and boots as your kids grow. In year 3 you pay an additional 100 Euros for skis and 30 for boots. You then get another pair for free the following year.

 

I thought it was great. If it's a common practice, I apologise in advance for wasting your time. For anyone interested the shop was called Duijvestein. The staff were really friendly and helpful as well, a hidden gem in a surprising part of town.

post #2 of 6

Shops in the US offer full seasonal rentals of new and almost new gear for growing kids. You can even swap sizes mid season if needed.  Pretty sure the cost is about a third of the price of new gear, maybe even a tad less.  They'll periodically tune it up free too.

post #3 of 6

My son used to do the skis, boots, poles, $89 season lease from Sports Authority.  Great deal especially if you get there early in October to get the new stuff that comes in.

post #4 of 6

One of the local shops used to do a "buy back" program.  Buy a new set of boots, skis, poles, then can get credit for something like 50% on the next set when the first is too small.

 

I did the season lease for a couple seasons when my daughter was 6-7.  Worked out nicely.  Before that I was renting skis and got her rentals for free.  Had old boots that were good enough, but my skis were obsolete straight skis.  Wasn't clear yet whether or not we were going to keep skiing.  Only skied a 2-3 weekends the first few seasons.

post #5 of 6
I've seen shops that offered trade-in programs for kids where, after the initial purchase, you got 100 per cent credit for the total of that purchase for each upgrade, so you only pay the difference between the first total and the cost for the update.
post #6 of 6

this is great information, thanks everyone

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