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Ski Gear Price Collusion

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

It's spring which means its discount time for skis! I've been shopping over the past month looking for deals and while I'm not seeing them yet (although I did get my wife 2015 Temptation 100s from evo for a RIDICULOUS price) I am seeing a few curious things. Have you noticed that Soul 7s, no matter what shop you look at, are $552, discounted from $850 with almost no variation? I'm really waiting for the east coast ski shops to heavily discount their gear given the year they've had, but the near consistency in price of the Soul 7 is making me curious. Is there some kind of collusion going on? 

post #2 of 9

Collusion?  Naaaaww ....

 

Conspiracy?!?!?  Heck Yeah!  Check out the black helos behind the shop.

post #3 of 9

I've worked in the business and can tell you that, in some cases, prices are determined by manufacturers.  For instance, if you buy 3000 pairs of Soul 7's and on March 31st you have 2950 pairs left, you may not be allowed to discount them to cost, or some other low number, without the consent of the manufacturer/distributor.  Call it whatever you want.  It's not every product and every manufacturer, but it does happen.

post #4 of 9
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Makes sense. I know that if you are buying a TV from Best Buy sometimes they aren't allowed to advertise a price lower than a floor the manufacturer sets.

 

Yay capitalism!

post #5 of 9
It's called Minimum Advertised Price and every maker has it to some degree. It doesn't mean a shop can't sell it for less, they cannot advertise it for less. Often, late in the season, MAP goes away, and almost always goes away when the next season's gear is available.
post #6 of 9

When does MAP end?  Looking to bottom fish some more skis.

post #7 of 9

I've noticed that during the season, as prices start to drop, REI lowers their price a week before everyone else. I assume this is because of the volume they buy.

Sometimes you have to walk into the store to get the big spring discounts, or shop Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the swaps--at least in the resort areas.

If you are looking for great deals there's always Sierra Trading Post, although these will be last year's, closeouts, odd sizes, etc. My son picked up last year's K2 powder ski and 4Front piste ski this year for about 1/3 of MAP each. 

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When does MAP end?  Looking to bottom fish some more skis.

 

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Sometimes you have to walk into the store to get the big spring discounts, or shop M

 

Exactly.   MAP ends when you walk into the shop.

post #9 of 9

remember you could just call up to the great white north where skis stuff has been 40% off for US customers all winter

some big chains play a little loose with their MAP dating with the attitude of " what are the ski companies gonna do, if they want my business they'll have to deal with it"

of course these same chains are first in line to claim paybacks for gear they "had" to discount

I'd love to see suppliers stand up to somebody just once, but they're desperate

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