I find that when I get an irrational and - my wife would say - pathetic crush on a toy it generally has nothing to do with whether it is NEW, and everything to do with whether it is a new TYPE of of toy for me. (Or a type that has been sitting forgotten at the back of the closet for a long time.)
Last year I bought a pair of somewhat ratty Volkl slaloms from a college student. Had them tuned at a local shop. Took them out one night last February and immediately put them back into the closet. They were literally unskiable - like a shopping cart with three bad wheels. Finally this fall dropped them off at the good shop (far away). Clicked into them a week ago and ... love at first turn. I am just having so much fun on these skis that only come up to my chin. They're even fun in bumps, darting around like little yellow minnows. But of course the really great thing about them is how easy it is to play with high edge-angle turns without needing the quite the elbow room or speed you do with a bigger, straighter ski. Perfect for smaller hills (check), starting out the season (check), and waking up those sleepy skills (check). I know this is not a revelation to many of you. I have been on SLs before and understood the appeal, but it's different when you own them and can just settle into your personal cloud of unmitigated smugness.