Originally Posted by ziggyskier
I am sorry if this has been discussed ... but I have tons of old equipment. Clothing and hardware. Clothing is less of an issue. Sometimes I sell and there is always the seconds shops. I have attempted to go the recycling shop route with the hardware, but that's just short of tossing it, albeit responsibly. Outside of using the skis as driveway markers (I have no driveway) and boots for flower pots (I have no more flowers!), what do you's guys do?
If the skis are less than 5 years old I sell 'em. I use Epic, eBay, and ski swaps. If the gear is older than 5 years they are (with a few exceptions) impossible to move.
This is what I sold this year and prices achieved;
Below are items sold, $, and venue. Ski Dazzle is the Chicago ski market.
Volkl Gamma Supersport $380 eBay
Volant Vertex 68 w/Bindings $180 Epic
Dolomite 8.5 $99 eBay
Volant Machete Sin 185 $235 eBay
K2 Mach SL 150 $225 eBay
Atomic SL:9 $330 eBay
Fischer Scenio $260 Epic
K2 T9 Power 165 $140 Epic
Salomon Blade $129 Ski Dazzle
Fisher DRS Ice w/ bindings $129 Ski Dazzle
Rossi Cobra 167 $229 Ski Dazzle
Atomic Tweak $179 Epic
Volant Gravity Power $159 Ski Dazzle
Atomic CR8 boots $149 Consignment
Dolomite S65 $89 Consignment
Dolomite S75 $89 Consignment
Technica Icon $29 Ski Dazzle
I try to follow these rules;
Ski Gear Economics
Rule #1; Buy only close-outs, 2 years old is best. Pay half price or less for gear that is going to be a classic.
Rule #2; Sell after one or two years of use. Can be sold as "lightly used". Usually has a following on the used ski market. Think Rossi XXX; four year old skis go for $200 without bindings.
Rule #3; Buy from someone with poor eBay skills, lazy descriptions and careless pricing add up to good deals.
Last rule, When selling provide good pictures and a full description. Price a little lower than everyone else and watch the crowd bid-it-up to above average prices.