As for justifying the cost of skis, this is my logic:
-Don't buy the current year since there are lots of deals on last year's.
Similar product with same technologies. Doing your homework pays off!
It's just cyclical, so why not benefit?
-Specific to skis: Buying older stock vs buying used costs a little more, but the same skis ought to last a little longer, plus there is the "peace of mind" issue. ^^Not experienced in judging edges, etc.
-Models that are a little too old, or lower end are totally disposable since
resale approaches nil, and I like to have middle of the road stuff.
^^Like a nice bmw, or toyota, value is retained over other models in the
same price range.
So, by getting a solid mid-price recent ski (1-2years old) maximizes my enjoyment since what I am not-spending (there is no saving) can be put towards skiing, I'll lose minimally over the long run whenever I sell the skis (two seasons).
That and I get $1000" worth of "old" ski vs $500 of "new" ski. Full price kills me since I believe that retail is for chumps. SOMETIMES there are must have items that have just come out, but to me they aren't skis.
Ex: A good "$1100" set-up for $500, use it for 2 years, when I sell
I don't lose that much compared to paying full price for current year setups.
Any associated "loses" is better than renting, since rentals are usually crappy, and you like/are used to the ones you own. So anything lost on skis that are a deal is negligible.
I demo'ed the supershapes last year, liked em alot, but no was was I dropping $1000+ 15% taxes + bindings for them.
However, after selling my atomic setup, I broke even.
And theoretically ahead since the # of times I didn't rent surpassed what I spent on boots
Dunno if that seems dry, but it makes sense to me. Skis are HIGHLY cyclical in the consumer market, and subject to trends like fashion, so why not get the same/similar ski, but last year's and with different graphics for a good bit less?
Plus with $500 I can make back the skis in a year
As for getting additional pairs - depends how often you use them vs rental demo/etc.