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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey Gang.

 

This place has been amazingly helpful.  Thank you al.

 

Demoing a pair of K2 AMP 80x's on Monday.  If they work out, where do you guys like to look for used/demo ski's online?

 

Thanks!

 

John from South Jersey.

post #2 of 15

There is always Ebay; try and find the history of a ski out before purchasing.

 

Some online shops such as ours sometimes post their inventory online. 

 

Try and find something with low days. Anything over 20 days, and the ski (depending on make) may start to lose it's life.  Rossignol is one brand that people talk about starting to go dead at around 30-40 days on the hill.  Other brands (Kastle for sure) will run a strong 50+ days before seeing any drop off in performance.

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Evo
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you.

 

Re: "Some online shops such as ours sometimes post their inventory online.'

 

I had no idea you had a store.  I thought this was simply a forum.  I feel like an artard!  Way to not be observant John!

 

"Anything over 20 days, and the ski (depending on make) may start to lose it's life.  Rossignol is one brand that people talk about starting to go dead at around 30-40 days on the hill."

 

Lose its life after 20-40 days???  Good grief!  I did not know that!  I've been skiing my K2 FOUR R's for 7 years, and they were used before that!

 

That's really all skis are good for?

post #5 of 15

powder7;  they have pictures of the actual skis you will buy, and the website is good enough that the ski will disappear once someone buys it, and replaced by the next ski of that make/model (they will queue them up in order by best quality/condition). 

You can also return if it turns out really different then what you expect and you really don't want it

 

else, yea, ebay-a bigger market drives more competition, but buyer beware.  

 

Many bigger "stores" on ebay are liquidators so they don't know where the ski came from or it's history and are just judging it based on what they see.   They often will also allow you returns too, but you pay for shipping.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
"You can also return if it turns out different then what you expect."

You're joking??? That's great!

Thanks!
post #7 of 15
Highly recco doing biz w dawg = top notch!
post #8 of 15

yea, shop around, ask questions to the seller if you have them.  This is still a relatively expensive $ 3digit purchase, so you can expect most sellers will the time to answer any of your concerns to make the sale.

 

If you make it down to a final selection, and you need validation or are torn between a few choices, you can always post here, and people here will give you their opinion (for what it's worth).  Some people don't like buying well-used skis at all, or only like to buy in-person at swaps or from private parties in the buy-sell-trade section here

post #9 of 15

I can't imagine buying used skis for three figures. My thinking is most used skis will go for less than 50% of retail. Mail order/Internet sales may not be as certain as purchases from a traditional store but they do provide a service for bargain hunters and those of us who live a long way from a ski area.

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
 

I can't imagine buying used skis for three figures. My thinking is most used skis will go for less than 50% of retail. Mail order/Internet sales may not be as certain as purchases from a traditional store but they do provide a service for bargain hunters and those of us who live a long way from a ski area.


I can and do, but only WITH good bindings and NO core shots.  But the first number is never >2

post #11 of 15

Most "demo" skis that you find on Ebay have been glorified rental skis and have been treated as much. Sure you can hunt for skis but there dis a cost of time and usually abuse. What is all that worth to you? 

post #12 of 15

To be clear, are the set you are demoing for sale and the actual skis you plan to buy? Or, are you going to start looking for a pair of K2 80x's to buy used, assuming you like the ski. Good luck finding what you want used, in your length, when you lock into a specific ski. We are not that far away from the spring sales, consider waiting and buying new.

 

 

Just as an alternative, I looked at Philly's Craiglist, and, found a pair of Nordica's that might suite you very well. Good price assuming they only have 10 days and a demo binding that needs no remount. 

 

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/spo/4223132185.html

 

Just for the record, looking at some of skis in the Epic Gear sale forum, there are often skis that I'd pay far more than a couple of hundred bucks.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
 

There is always Ebay; try and find the history of a ski out before purchasing.

 

Some online shops such as ours sometimes post their inventory online. 

 

Try and find something with low days. Anything over 20 days, and the ski (depending on make) may start to lose it's life.  Rossignol is one brand that people talk about starting to go dead at around 30-40 days on the hill.  Other brands (Kastle for sure) will run a strong 50+ days before seeing any drop off in performance.


Best use for ebay I've found is buying previous models, new.   Unsold skis from last year or the year before can go at steep discounts (more than 50%). Doesn't work so well if you want the flavor of the month (Bonafide, probably the Soul 7 given the reviews it's been getting, etc), but it's not just low-end or lowly-regarded skis, either.   I picked up a pair of $1000 (list) skis for about $400, one year old, brand new.  But timing matters:  eventually they're gone.

post #14 of 15
I've bought from EBay a few times successfully. New skis from brick and mortar stores that are last year's model or whatever. Unmounted, undrilled. Usually prefer to buy from Evo, O2gear, etc. Would never do this for boots, of course.
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Originally Posted by jflaherty View Post
 

Hey Gang.

 

This place has been amazingly helpful.  Thank you al.

 

Demoing a pair of K2 AMP 80x's on Monday.  If they work out, where do you guys like to look for used/demo ski's online?

 

Thanks!

 

John from South Jersey.

 

If you demoed and liked the skis, the obvious first place to go is to ask the shop when they sell their demos.  Most will unload them once the tourist ski season ends in March/April.

 

Last year my wife spent February taking powder ski demos from the local ski shops whenever a storm was bearing down. After demoing several pairs, we got her into the very lightly used Rossi S7W she demoed for well under $300. The nice thing about demos is that they typically hit your hands in a great state of tune to better sell the ski. The caveat is some places will grind the skis after every time they go out, eating away a lot of the tuning life of the ski.

 

Like others, I would be wary of buying demos this time of year, because it begs the question of why somebody would be dumping a demo ski at this point in the ski season. Obselete? Damaged? Because it was a crap ski that can't even be sold as a fire sale? Typically there is more demand than supply for decent skis out of a demo fleet.

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