$217 for the M:EX is tremendous. I thought I got a great deal on the Atomic SX B5 I won on bid in Feb. for $250. The kind of deals out there on for what ever reason are out of favor great skis is wonderful.
I have sticker shock looking at skis and bindings retailing at $1200. That's alot of money , especially when you hit a rock and ding them up. Maybe some guys shell it out and lie to themselves that they won't get another ski for a few years, I'm like you, I like to keep turning the inventory and try different stuff that can be had at decent prices. And like you said, its out there if you look hard enough.