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Favorite Place to buy Gear

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering what everyone's favorite place to buy ski gear from is.

Ill start.

Backcountry.com Great service, sweet prices, and they ship fast.
post #2 of 21
Do you work for them?

I like The Lifthouse and Canyon Sports, both in SLC.

I run into a lot of folks up here in PC work for Backcountry.com, apparently they give their employees passes to The Canyons.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I don't work for backcountry. I work for Recreation Outlet.
post #4 of 21
Ebay, without question.
post #5 of 21
I've established a good repoire with the ONLY local ski shop here and usually buy from them. They give me big discounts and usually will come within 10-15% of any internet prices I find on new gear that they're a dealer for and I like giving them my business.

If it's something they can't get then it's internet all the way.
post #6 of 21
Sign of the skier in Toronto (Yonge street) and my local ski shop, but I can't afford to buy there too often.
post #7 of 21
Dawgcatching
post #8 of 21
Colorado Ski and Golf (in July)
post #9 of 21
The Ski Depot in Jay, Maine < http://www.ski-depot.com >. A true B&M that also sells on the net. Great guys, great service, and some incredible deals if you're patient.

Another spot for some really great deals on clearance items is Al's Ski Barn in Freeport, Maine < http://www.untracked.com >. Another B&M that figured out how to provide good service on the net.
post #10 of 21
Just for reference Al's Ski Barn no longer operates as a BM. The only do phone and 'net orders. No retail space in Freeport since a few years back.

However I will say Ken Jones Ski mart (www.proctorjones.com) does still operate as both 'net and BM and has decent deals, though I've yet to buy there.
post #11 of 21
I agree with bjohansson.
The guys at Ski Depot in Jay, Maine are great!

Also ebay, but you really have to look (thanks google).
post #12 of 21
My favorite place to buy gear is (My local Ski Shoppe) I do not alway buy from them but feel much better when I do.
post #13 of 21
Ebay as well.I dont really have the time to go out and choose what I want.
post #14 of 21
The fall "Snow Expo" where all the local shops are clearing their closets. Some good deals and even an occasional staff person with knowledge. But I must admit my last two pair of skiis and a binding purchase were made on eBay.
post #15 of 21
The "dawg" fur sur. I don't have any local shops that are real ski shops, they all sell patio furniture in the summer and ski crap in the winter- same people selling both
post #16 of 21
I've bought stuff from a variety of places. I've ordered on line as well but have only done so if the business is a brick and morter opperation. As often as I can, I try to buy local. Mt. Pilchuck gets most of my business. Dawgcatching has been very helpful too when Mt. Pilchuck didn't have something. He's set me up with skis on one occasion and bindings on another. I just want to do my small part to help the shop opperations stay around.
post #17 of 21
I only buy from www.proctorjones.com. They have great prices and the nicest service.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by persee
Just for reference Al's Ski Barn no longer operates as a BM. The only do phone and 'net orders. No retail space in Freeport since a few years back.
Too bad...it gave me some sanity while the wife cruised the outlets and LLB. We went further up the coast to Friendship last summer, so we didn't get to Freeport. I'll have to figure out how to get out of that junket next week!
post #19 of 21
I shop at US Outdoor in Portland, but will buy from the internet (fee-bay, online retailers and here at epicski) if I know exactly what I'm getting and either I can't get it at US Outdoor or it's a dramatic savings.

Usually I try to support my local shop, but I'm also trying to maximise my ability to ski on a limited budget, including my family being able to ski as well, and therefore it's necessary to sometimes use the least expensive option. There is still plenty of my money going towards my local shop for services you just can't get any other way...For instance; Bootfitting, especially boots for my very finnicky wife, and ski repairs/tunes (beyond what normal tuning I do at home).

I NEVER go in and try on a bunch of boots, get oppinions, wast time and then go buy from the web (with the expception of the Tecnica Diablo Mag's I'm buying next season due to my local shop not having/getting them in my size, but they will be paid well for fitting) w/out compensating them in some way, either through purchase or a tip to salesperson which I've done.
post #20 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTT
My favorite place to buy gear is (My local Ski Shoppe) I do not alway buy from them but feel much better when I do.
Why is it you "feel much better" when you do? Purely curious, not trying to stir the pot.

Quote:
Originally Posted by memosteve
Usually I try to support my local shop, but I'm also trying to maximise my ability to ski on a limited budget, including my family being able to ski as well, and therefore it's necessary to sometimes use the least expensive option....

I NEVER go in and try on a bunch of boots, get oppinions, wast time and then go buy from the web...
I've been in the industry for nearly 1/2 my life and I've ALWAYS found that being up front and honest without the ego ("Yo, I'm a super sick ski pro" gets you nowhere) is the best way to handle a trip to a shop for some touch and feel.

Money is tight with a little family that will be getting bigger in Oct but I don't mind kicking my local retailer an extra few bucks for items when I "need" them sooner than later and want to take care of them for helping me out.

Do you think that "tipping" your local online retailer for providing gear info and research is likewise good karma? I read a report by Jupiter stating that 96% of all sales originate as online research but take place offline. That figure is high but it does get one thinking from the other perspecive.

sorry for the thread hijack - late night insomnia I suppose. Oh yea, in case you are wondering I do work for an online retailer now (have been for just over a year) Backcountry.com
post #21 of 21
The Alpine Shop in South Burlington, Vermont, right off the Interstate Rt 89 exit. A class act. Also got my Bianchi Volpe there.
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