Originally Posted by Max Capacity
what is a guy doing with skis he knows nothing about?
Over the past few weeks, I've been looking at ski stuff on eBay more than I had before: there's nothing remotely unusual about people selling skis they know nothing about.
In many cases, I think they're sort of modern-day "flea marketeers." There've always been people who go around and pick up stuff cheap at garage and estate sales, then try to sell it at a big (in percentage terms, anyway) markup by offering it in a relatively higher-traffic place, like those little flea market/antique malls that are (or used to be) dotted around strip malls and various marginal retail areas.
Now, they've got eBay: someone with time, and nothing better to do, can wander into a garage or estate sale, pay a dollar and haul away something the owner doesn't even want to deal with anymore, put it up on eBay and sell it for two dollars (if he's not lucky) or two hundred dollars (if he is).
If you page through the ski listings on eBay, you'll find a lot of stuff being sold by people who know nothing about it. For example: listings describe the "boot clamps" on the skis. They list the measurements, in inches long and wide (as a single number). They wildly mis-describe the make and model. One listing referred to the make as some unrecognizable name: it was the name of the original owner, which was engraved on the topsheet.
Ninety percent (maybe 99%) of the stuff they're selling is junk, which belongs in dumpster. I guess some of it isn't.
Off topic, but another weird eBay thing: people selling all
their ski stuff in a single listing. I guess these are people who walked into a ski shop and bought the whole schmear in one fell swoop, then discovered skiing isn't quite as easy as it looks on TV, plus you have to go outside in the cold. Okay: selling it all isn't unreasonable, but all in one lot? I mean, what are the odds that someone who wants your crappy skis also
wants -- and will fit into -- your boots? When you start throwing in your goggles, gloves, one-piece ski suit, hat and boot bag, it just starts to get ridiculous.