Originally Posted by folkfan
Around this time of year, ski resorts are trying to get rid of their stock including used demo skis. Because of this, you can get skis for sometimes more than half off. For example, I paid $350 for a pair of used Ross E88s including demo bindings. I'm wondering how well ski like this hold their value.
What have people's experience been selling a ski during the next ski season? Is it a safe bet that I could unload my skis for the price I acquired them? I could imagine it would be fun, and not much of a financial risk this time of year, to acquire some ski gear, try them out the next ski season, and sell what doesn't jive with you IF it's likely to recoop the price paid. Thoughts?
I have yet to figure out how to time the stock market, but it is pretty easy to time the ski market. It's a buyer's market in May, June, & July and a seller's market Oct through March. Buy your skis now, and if you don't like them after a season, wait until fall to sell them.
My last pair of skis were Volkl Tiger Shark 10', which were used Demo skis with demo bindings. I bought them for $400 in May, skied on them for three seasons and sold them at a swap in the fall for $375. This was after closing the trunk on the tail of one ski and snipping off a two inch chunk from the corner. The damage was just cosmetic, but still.
So, yeah, demo skis with demo bindings can hold their value. Time it right and don't hold on too long.