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post #1 of 10
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So my mountain is going to be off loading some of their demo skis off. I called them up and their pricing aren't all that great. One ski I like isn't too bad $425 78ti, though I had to inform him one of his demo skis cost $20 more than what his pro-shop was selling it new. It seems like the pricing might be winging it. I was looking at a similar ski new for $500 14 to the one I want and he is selling it for $520. Even though I think the 78ti is a better fit for me than the 14, the 14 generally is a more pricey ski. Is it worth it to get the 78ti demo ski for $425, or should I just buy the new 14 for $500? I skied both and liked both. I am thinking the 78ti will be a little more flexible for moguls, etc as it only has 1 layer of titanium.

 

-Solarity

post #2 of 10

IME ski area demo sale prices aren't that good, even considering that bindings are included. You can usually do better at independent shops, preseason swaps, and even craigslist. Can't help you with advice on those particular skis. 

post #3 of 10

Depends if the shop is selling them virtually brand new, or if they had a many days rented out.

 

If it's only a $70 savings, I would pick the guarenteed new skis.  

 

When you start to save 200,300,400 dollars for only a few days wear, then you start consider getting the used skis.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I never have seen the 78ti go for $500, only the 14. The 78ti seems harder to find and seems to sell for more, even though the 14 is supposed to be more expensive with the extra titanium layer and the one den setting better bindings. As i like moguls, I think the 78ti might be better as it is a little more flexable and a little wider if I want todo off piste. The skis seemed to be in better condition than the other demos they had, the 14 demos they had seemed more worn, while the 78tis seemed new. They also tune them up.
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So my mountain is going to be off loading some of their demo skis off. I called them up and their pricing aren't all that great. One ski I like isn't too bad $425 78ti, though I had to inform him one of his demo skis cost $20 more than what his pro-shop was selling it new. It seems like the pricing might be winging it. I was looking at a similar ski new for $500 14 to the one I want and he is selling it for $520. Even though I think the 78ti is a better fit for me than the 14, the 14 generally is a more pricey ski. Is it worth it to get the 78ti demo ski for $425, or should I just buy the new 14 for $500? I skied both and liked both. I am thinking the 78ti will be a little more flexible for moguls, etc as it only has 1 layer of titanium.

 

-Solarity

I'd also go in and talk to the shop. I'm not sure about ski area shops but every shop I have bought demos from the price has been negotiable. They are also likely to start the prices higher than the really want to sell them for just to get the people who will pay to do so and than drop the price after a week or two. Heck I've seen skis drop 100-200 over holiday weekends 

post #6 of 10

My advice is be upfront with them. Tell them what you'd like to pay or allude to the fact that you may be able to get them somewhere online. Don't be snarky about it. The worst thing you can do is lowball them and walk out. throw out a little online talk, be cool and linger around while "thinking about it". I played it cool last week at a local place and the guy came back to me (they were very busy, btw) and dropped the price down by $65 on a pr of Prophet 90s in the 179 length. They are getting few and far between (even online) and I feel like I got a great deal on them. 

A decent shop owner/salesperson doesn't want to see money walk out the door. Price out the bindings that are included and figure out what's fair. Also, make sure that they are going to stand behind what they are selling you...

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

What do you think a fair price is, I was thinking of offering 375.

post #8 of 10

Be aware that a demo ski may be halfway to skied out. I'd factor that into my price. if I'm not getting a demo for 70% off retail, it's not really worth it.

post #9 of 10

Some shops like to get two years out of a ski, others just one.

Another route you can take is find a pair with less "wear and tear" and make an offer on that particular pair.

 

Its a pretty good way to buy - especially at bigger shops very end of the season.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I ended up getting the elan 78ti, I like them,good shape and wasn't all that bad priced
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