I ski something like this on hard pack and love it.
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Also the seller may have been PM'd days/weeks ago and already had ongoing dialogue with someone else.
I've too had been eyeing these skis daily for at least 10 days now too.
I regret not getting them now too, as they are sooo cheap.
When I post a for-sale ad, I encourage buyers to email me directly as checking into a forum is not always convenient.
( Oops, I see that Epic forum rules advise NOT to post telephone numbers or email addresses within an ad )
I actually advertised the skis through four channels: EpicSki, TGR, Craigslist, and EBay. The prices that I posted on EpicSki is the same as TGR, and a good deal cheaper than my EBay prices.
The skis were sold on EBay for $449.98 shipped, via "Buy it Now." I wanted someone to buy it on EpicSki, TGR, or Craigslist so I don't have to deal with fees.
ARL67 is right about PM and email correspondence. If a deal seems good, assume that there are many others eyeing it too. Once my skis dropped to 400, the offers started rolling in. At the end of the day, as a seller, I'm interested in whoever offers me the most money.
When buying things via PM correspondence, I as a buyer usually have an initial offer. If that initial offer is declined, I increase my offers until I hit my ceiling offer, after which, if I don't win, I don't feel bad for passing the deal, because I know exactly how much I'm willing to pay for it.
If anything else, when I see a good deal, I'm willing to work under the table with the seller to make things work for both parties.