Originally Posted by Atomicman
They have been selling the skis you listed at a fraction of what most other online sources charge for the same equipment.
Is that good/bad? IMO, it's great.
Here's the ticket: If everyone buys the skis for the same price, then the other online sources are a rip off.
If Cupolo's buy them for much less, then they are behaving responsibly by not gouging the consumer. If you prefer to be gouged there are options.
After all, there would be no problems if they were to charge the same prices right as the others right? And no one would know or question them about making $500 on a pair of discontinued skis. That's just silly. Supply and demand is one thing, price gouging is another.
If anything, the existence of a retailer like Cupolo's underlines the amount of price gouging in this industry. What is your opinion of the season ending sales? You think they are losing money? Then why not sell at that price all year long? You'll sell way more stuff than anyone else!
And if you sell enough stuff, you'll start to get volume discounts that you can use to pass even more savings on to the consumer and sell even more stuff. Benefitting the consumer again right? So how can you avoid coming to the conclusion that selling equipment at a low price is a good thing?
As for servicing skiis, I'll suggest that 99+% or more of the skis sold require none whatsoever. So what's left? Trusting the salesperson to get you the right length and type of ski?
Generally, I would not do that. eg. I recently saw a sales-punk try to sell a Fischer RX-8 to a lightweight 80 year old man, as his first pair of shapes. Worse, the punk was selling them way too long. His daugther was obviously urging him to update his stuff. Too bad they had to run into that clown.
Some shops are very good, and have very knowledgeable staff. Unfortunately, the majority of the public are not attracted to those shops. They are attracted to the big box stores in malls, where the ads scream Sale! Sale! Sale!. Don't get me started about those souless places.
Ugh. I can't resist. Last years "sale price" jackets 50% off the ticketted price. This years ticketted price on the same jacket is $100 higher than last year.
Guess what? They know that most folks wait for the sales, so the prices are artificially inflated until then. The customer thinks they are getting a good deal, but in reality, they are being duped. Support those practices? I think not.