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Outrageous Prices for 2 Year Old Skis

post #1 of 16
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So I was skiing at Gore Mountain last week and I was looking for some Boot Gloves to cover the Tecnica XT's (it was below 0 out there). While browsing in one of the local ski shops (none of the ski shops up there had the boot gloves btw), I cam across a pair of Fischer Big Stix 7.6 in 177. I had been looking for a a pair of skis like these and I am a bargain whore. I know the AMC series replaced the Big Stix for the 05-06 season, so in relaity these skis were 2 years old...they wanted $849 for these skis with no bindings! I was shocked : : : . I offered them $400 and the multi-pierced stoner manning the con said the owner would never go for that. Was my offer way out of line? Those skis never sold very well and I'm pretty sure, at the price they were listing, they never will.
post #2 of 16
Yes, your offer was too high.
post #3 of 16
Those go for around $300 on eBay with bindings.
post #4 of 16
were they new?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Yes, your offer was too high.
: Amen!!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
So I was skiing at Gore Mountain last week and I was looking for some Boot Gloves to cover the Tecnica XT's (it was below 0 out there). While browsing in one of the local ski shops (none of the ski shops up there had the boot gloves btw), I cam across a pair of Fischer Big Stix 7.6 in 177. I had been looking for a a pair of skis like these and I am a bargain whore. I know the AMC series replaced the Big Stix for the 05-06 season, so in relaity these skis were 2 years old...they wanted $849 for these skis with no bindings! I was shocked : : : . I offered them $400 and the multi-pierced stoner manning the con said the owner would never go for that. Was my offer way out of line? Those skis never sold very well and I'm pretty sure, at the price they were listing, they never will.
I have that very ski with a salomon 810 ti which I would be happy to let you have for a mere 400 bucko's! They are used tho---not new, but the bindings are nearly new.

PM Me if interested,

I'd even drive them out to syracuse for that price!
post #7 of 16
Its not really news that many ski shops overvalue equipment, and its just plain arrogant to assume that someone who has piercings is automatically a stoner.
post #8 of 16
Your 400.00 offer should have been snapped up with a smile (and offered free mounting). Those skis might sit there for another 2 years withough anyone even giving them two looks.
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Its not really news that many ski shops overvalue equipment, and its just plain arrogant to assume that someone who has piercings is automatically a stoner.
Amen to that. And I have no piercings, but have always believed never to judge a book by it's cover....
post #10 of 16
Like all businesses, there exists varying philosophies about how to be successful; so pierced or not, I think that stoner was just carrying out the boss’ strategy for success. Whether or not it works is a whole other story.

Mom and Pop operations don’t have the buying power of the large outfits, so their margins may be significantly smaller. I’ve also encounter varying views on special orders. Some places will mark them down because they don’t have to stock the item, others insist on full retail because of the additional service they’re providing. You were right to offer what you considered fair, and of course, they reserve the right to refuse any offers.

Personally I think the cost of carrying old stock is hardly worth it, and would slash prices before it grows stale and outdated.
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Its not really news that many ski shops overvalue equipment, and its just plain arrogant to assume that someone who has piercings is automatically a stoner.
Sorry, but I don't see that implication in the original post. I just see that the guy had multiple piercings and was a stoner.
post #12 of 16
Yes, Your offer was way out of line You offered to much by at least $100.00 Make a point to go back to the shop next year make another offer $100.00 less and do the same the following year. The third year they pay you $100 to take them off their hands.
post #13 of 16
I am pretty sure I saw a pair of those at Langhorne Ski & Sport a month ago for about $175 new.

The ski shops near both Gore and Whiteface are way overpriced.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the advice on my overbid...maybe I was stoned

I wasn't judging, just observing.

I haven't been able to find the Big Stix on eBay in a long time.

Hey stoweguy, if you happen to see them for that price again, let me know. I'll drive 4 hours for a deal.

2 year old skis (almost 3 years old now as to 07-08 skis are starting to appear) are certainly stale and are not going to sell at anywhere near the price they had listed.

I don't know why the Big Stix never sold well...my understanding is that the AMC series is an evolution of the BS line, not new technology.
post #15 of 16

What!!

Does this mean you don't want me to drive mine out to you for the agreed price?? harumpfh

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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Thanks for all of the advice on my overbid...maybe I was stoned

I wasn't judging, just observing.

I haven't been able to find the Big Stix on eBay in a long time.

Hey stoweguy, if you happen to see them for that price again, let me know. I'll drive 4 hours for a deal.

2 year old skis (almost 3 years old now as to 07-08 skis are starting to appear) are certainly stale and are not going to sell at anywhere near the price they had listed.

I don't know why the Big Stix never sold well...my understanding is that the AMC series is an evolution of the BS line, not new technology.
post #16 of 16
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I don't know why the Big Stix never sold well...my understanding is that the AMC series is an evolution of the BS line, not new technology.

I'm still using my stix, personally I love the skis except on really rough crud. Just mounted freerides on 'em.

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