Originally Posted by waxman
i usually find that people who buy on ebay and other auction sites have never worked in a service industry and the vast majority are government workers and are only interested in saving money, but when their jobs are being outsourced or their is a labor dispute they are the first to justify their out of whack wages...think about it...
Are ski shops somehow are entitled to sales of new equipment regardless of what they charge? Why shouldn't they have to be competitve? When it comes to consumer demand, businesses have to meet the consumers needs, or lose the sale. Is loyalty owed to ski shops without being earned? I expect that the services (including that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from personal interaction) that are economically viable from ski shops will continue, those that aren't won't. I expect that there will continue to be demand for mounting (as long as skis need to be drilled for bindings), and for tuning/repairs. The price of these will likely increase as ski shops make less from retail sales.
Personally I buy used skis on eBay. Service industry? Well I am a care giver for disabled adults, and if there is a more "service" based occupation I'd like to hear it. Skis shops are great for mounting (my local shop is glad for the business), repair and tune, and I wouldn't buy new boots any other way, but for the most part the skis are priced way out of my range.