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post #1 of 21
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I was talking with the guys I ski with over the weekend and we are all frustrated by all the great deals that seem to be available to US residents either through E-bay or online that we cannot take advantage of in Canada. Once you factor in Shipping, customs, etc, the prices are no longer as attractive. Further, if you go to Ebay canada, all of the used skis are not really up for auction, they all only have a "buy it now" price which is often twice what a particular ski would cost in the US. Okay, a bit of a rant, but anyone have any Canadian suppliers/stores which can offer similar deals to what you can get stateside? (For example, Steep and Cheap has K2 PEs today for $187us, but will not ship to Canada.) Not looking for any particular ski right this second, but we all have kids and are all looking to upgrade out old crappy equipment prior to next year. Also, we live in the Montreal area.
post #2 of 21
Actually, I bought skis on ebay from a canadian company! They were new old-stock Jr race skis, on a buy-it-now that was very attractive. ebay.com and ebay.ca had essentially the same listing from that company.

It can be frustrating at first expecting to score some great auction deals and seeing all the buy-it-nows, but hey, that's life. I have had mixed results on auctions, too. Too many informed bidders to let very many great deals get through.
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
Actually, I bought skis on ebay from a canadian company! They were new old-stock Jr race skis, on a buy-it-now that was very attractive. ebay.com and ebay.ca had essentially the same listing from that company.

It can be frustrating at first expecting to score some great auction deals and seeing all the buy-it-nows, but hey, that's life. I have had mixed results on auctions, too. Too many informed bidders to let very many great deals get through.
Probably Cupolo SPort, right? I wish they had not gone bankrupt, because they did have great deals. I bought a pair of GS skis from them and would have bought some slalom skis from them next year, but their business model forgot to include a profit parameter.
post #4 of 21
There are a couple of good ebay stores located in Canada, Action Sports Outlet and Ski Pro Shop. I have experience with both and they were reliable, quick and cheap. If not, I would find a friend with a place in the US and go for a drive.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by D(C) View Post
There are a couple of good ebay stores located in Canada, Action Sports Outlet and Ski Pro Shop. I have experience with both and they were reliable, quick and cheap. If not, I would find a friend with a place in the US and go for a drive.
I'll check those out. I have seen ASO, but not Ski Pro Shop. Worth a look, thanks for the info.
post #6 of 21
I've had some good deals from these guys

www.sportsliquidator.com/
post #7 of 21
Actually I think it was Action Sports Outlet. I had forgotten the name, but the above post jogged my memory. ANd they have a phone - I called and asked about shipping times, since I needed them quick.
post #8 of 21
dude, you are in Montreal for crying out loud excuse the spelling but:
poubelle d' ski
obersons
even lachance near tremblant has good pricing on non-current stuff
and if that fails there's always ontario...
post #9 of 21
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Poubelle de ski...will check that out. I checked the net and they have 3 locations around Montreal, yet no web based store...hmmm maybe a bit of a secret.


Oberson's was the first store I went to last fall when I got back into skiing and was absolutely shocked at the way they talked about $1000 skis, $650 boots, $300 bindings. Just kind of scary when a kid that makes $9/hr tries to make you feel guilty for not wanting to blow $2K on a ski set up.

As far as I am concerned, as long as there is some camber to the ski, and no major sidewall/edge damage, I can resurrect just about anything with Ptex & Epoxy.
post #10 of 21
If you order from the States get them to write GIFT on the customs form. No customs fees. Shipping isnt that bad as long you are somewhat patient.
post #11 of 21
that GIFT trick works great until you get caught then it's hammer time...
post #12 of 21
I don't know about 'gift' trick, but definitely have a sender to declare low value when getting them from US.
I was hit hard when seller (in good faith, I believe) put $1000 (to indicate, I guess, the 'real' value of a good deal-I paid $450) in on used (slightly) pair of 2007 skis.
Couple of Canadians links:
http://www.actionsportsoutlets.com/Store/home.php
http://www.sportsliquidator.com/contactus.asp
http://stores.ebay.com/SEA-TO-SUMMIT-SPORTS-OUTLET
http://stores.ebay.com/skiproshoponline
http://www.corbetts.com
post #13 of 21
declaring a lower value will get you in crap as well, customs has access to pricing of consumer goods and randomly checks against it to make sure thay aren't getting ripped off (isn't NAFTA great?)
post #14 of 21
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There is little point in trying to fool customs, you will get nailed either way. I have had success by having things ship USPS. For some reason, the customs guys tend to leave this stuff alone (at least for golf equipment). Anything I ship Fedex or UPS gets customs, Taxes, etc. slapped on whereas the stuff shipped USPS seems to come in with no extra costs beyond what I pay to the vendor.
post #15 of 21
For SAC items I set up a remailer service out of Houston.
It is www.usglobalmail.com and the service has been great.
It is ridiculous that a made in Canada Arcteryx jacket sells for $600 + GST in Canada or higher and I can buy the same jacket from SAC in the states for $130 USD.

I haven't tried remailing skis but may before next season.

USGlobalmail will also pull the invoice, mark as gift, and you fill in the amount for taxs. Total duty/tax dodge.

I have never in my life had such great gear for my family.

I disagree with the Fedex and duty/tax comment. I think they have their own brokers/agents that don't give a damn.

Canada Post will randomly check parcels.

Luckily haven't been nabbed yet.
post #16 of 21
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I disagree with the Fedex and duty/tax comment. I think they have their own brokers/agents that don't give a damn.

Canada Post will randomly check parcels.

Luckily haven't been nabbed yet.[/quote]

Fedex didn't used to be a problem until I moved my office to my house. I frequently get high value shipments for business purposes and since that started they flag my personal stuff as well. Kind of sucks, but USPS only takes about a week longer
post #17 of 21
Try The Powder Hut in Calgary. I have bought several pairs of ski's from them.
post #18 of 21

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I've labeled a few things as having 0 value because they were "Broken." Dunning if thats strictly kosher but its worked so far for me!
post #19 of 21
Just got new skis from Dawgcatching sent from the States to Toronto via USPS. He put the amount I was paying in US dollars on the form ( no tricks) and I had to pay PSTand GST on the CDN equivalent but no additional duty was charged. Given the exchange is no longer that bad, with taxes I figure I still saved about $300-400.00 CDN over what I would have paid here with tax included.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ullr View Post
Try The Powder Hut in Calgary. I have bought several pairs of ski's from them.
: Never heard of them...whereabouts are they, or is it online?:
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Singel View Post
: Never heard of them...whereabouts are they, or is it online?:
They have an ebay store:

http://stores.ebay.com/1-866-SKI-DEAL

They don't have too many things on ebay this year, but last year in this forum there's a long thread talking about them.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...+hut+calgar y
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