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What to do with skis that you want to sell, but the going price is a give away?

post #1 of 27
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Just wondering if I am alone in this or not? I have a couple pair of skis that I would like to sell, and in fact was going to list closer to fall. The dilema is that the price of these skis has dropped dramatically on new ones lately, see Sierra Jim's sale. In the past I have given one pair away to a member who I thought was deserving. Then there is always the Epic auction as a donation. How many of you are in the same boat? Got good skis, paid good money, but now the marked is dropped out and you might get $150/pair if you are lucky. Maybe this is why folks have such large quivers.
post #2 of 27
k2 Axispro's. 181cm with Tyrolia flex adjust bindings, used 25 days. Wonderful ski/combo - worth nothing.

I'm keeping them long enough for my 16 year old to have a go at them and see what some big 'ol damp sleds are really like.

Then again - if someone has some Merlin VI in good condition in 174 - I'll go far over book for 'em
post #3 of 27
Local ski swaps are the best bet. The swaps allow the buyers to make an favorable decision on an older ski, if the ski is in good shape. The fact that shipping fees are avoided can help the value also.

I also think that swap buyers are different from online buyers. They want good gear at a cheap price for that family vacation or the few days a year that they ski. They don't preoccupy themselves with the best possible deal on ultra-high performance gear.

Michael
post #4 of 27
I'm telling you all.....never ever keep a ski longer than a season. I only lose big $$$ when I keep them for two or more seasons.
Even my three year old Burnin luvs that were bought brand new in the wrapper last fall, have been donated to my sister because I couldn't sell them.

Hope she appreciates it!
post #5 of 27
I've always thought there should be a swap or two scheduled between MLK day and Valentine's day.
post #6 of 27
Depending on the skis, eBay is often a good bet for well known brands that are more typical "consumer"-grade models. Pictures of topsheets sell, bases don't seem to help.
post #7 of 27
Sell bindings on fleabay; sell skis at swap.
post #8 of 27
It is disheartening. I personally have never sold a pair of skis in my life. They become the beater skis for sketchy conditions, then they sit, then they are offered for free, and then they meet the dumpster if no one wants them.

Sad.
post #9 of 27
Its painfully true, you can buy new skis for the same price that I would consider reasonable for old skis. For me, its new all the way, sorry chaps
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
I'm telling you all.....never ever keep a ski longer than a season. I only lose big $$$ when I keep them for two or more seasons.
Even my three year old Burnin luvs that were bought brand new in the wrapper last fall, have been donated to my sister because I couldn't sell them.

Hope she appreciates it!
Bingo! yes, this goes for here but as mentioned, you can do much better at local swaps. The caveat there however is that if it's not listed in the Ski rags, your screwed. The average buyer at those sales does not have the exposure to the skis that many of us love here but are widely overlooked.
post #11 of 27

Yup!

Picked up a pair of Izor 7.5s before last season for $280 which I thought was a steal. Never skied them.

Same ski on eBay right now for $230 including shipping.
post #12 of 27
I give them away.
post #13 of 27
The minute a ski mfgr comes out with a replacement line, the bottom drops out of the pricing for used equipment in the previous line.
Try selling anything in the Volkl724 line since the Unlimited line came out?
post #14 of 27
Well, some of us don't buy new skis. We wait for the bottom to fall out of the pricing for good used skis. Do you know any of fat skis in great shape that are for sale cheap? That's what I am looking for now.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Dgudaitis View Post
Well, some of us don't buy new skis. We wait for the bottom to fall out of the pricing for good used skis. Do you know any of fat skis in great shape that are for sale cheap? That's what I am looking for now.
Define Cheap
post #16 of 27
Ski them until the edges fall off.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Dgudaitis View Post
Well, some of us don't buy new skis. We wait for the bottom to fall out of the pricing for good used skis. Do you know any of fat skis in great shape that are for sale cheap? That's what I am looking for now.
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Define Cheap
Define fat.
post #18 of 27
I am looking for a fat ski around 95-105mm waist (on TGR that is a mid-fat).
For cheap, I am looking for under $200 for a ski in great shape. Length, 182-190cm. A ski I like is the Fischer Atua or a Gotama.
post #19 of 27
Gotamas are hard to find discounted. Used will be a better bet.

It's too bad you weren't able to get some of the wider skis on Jim's sale.
post #20 of 27
Yo may start calling or e-mailing some ski shops and hope for a demo deal. Those two skis are going to be very hard to find for that price, even demos. ( I know beacuse I tried for the gots)
post #21 of 27
Goats are expensive, its a fact of life and unavoidable. You can look but I doubt you're going to find them bellow 500 bucks.
post #22 of 27
When it's time to thin the Herd.............
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post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Gotamas are hard to find discounted. Used will be a better bet.

It's too bad you weren't able to get some of the wider skis on Jim's sale.
I was at the store today and offered Jarrod $299 for the 08 Gotamas. He was not amused. I picked up my "ice" skis for next season....Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous. Sweet deal even with Marker bindings. Goats were about $650. That is probably the bottom line for new.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I was at the store today and offered Jarrod $299 for the 08 Gotamas. He was not amused. I picked up my "ice" skis for next season....Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous. Sweet deal even with Marker bindings. Goats were about $650. That is probably the bottom line for new.
Ebay auctions with a low initial bid and no reserve are a reasonable indicator of market value. Gots & AC4 are higher value than almost all other skis.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...4449&rd=1&rd=1
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
k2 Axispro's. 181cm with Tyrolia flex adjust bindings, used 25 days. Wonderful ski/combo - worth nothing.

I'm keeping them long enough for my 16 year old to have a go at them and see what some big 'ol damp sleds are really like.

Then again - if someone has some Merlin VI in good condition in 174 - I'll go far over book for 'em
I've got a pair of the red Merlin VI's (the ones with the piezo-electric damping system) in 182 that were K2's top of the line transitional shaped skis...probably from 2000 or 1999. These are not the POS M6S models that sold in the big box stores. They have exactly 6 days on them, but unfortunately they were drilled twice (once for Marker M29 and once for Salomon 810). Tops and bottoms are perfect except for the drill holes. If you want these, PM me with an offer.
post #26 of 27
How do you people have 10 year old skis with 6 days use? I try to limit my active quiver to just two skis. I don't usually ditch a ski unless I don't like the way it rides or unless theres really obvious overlap. Occasionally if I have a friend / relative with an obvious need and I have something I am not toallt stoked with I will donate. If I like them I keep them and ride them to death.

When I have sold skis is usually on ebay. Don't bother listing skis till like thanks giving or so. If they are few years old I put pictures and do buy it now price slightly below closing price for other similar auctions. Usually works great.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I've got a pair of the red Merlin VI's (the ones with the piezo-electric damping system) in 182 that were K2's top of the line transitional shaped skis...probably from 2000 or 1999. These are not the POS M6S models that sold in the big box stores. They have exactly 6 days on them, but unfortunately they were drilled twice (once for Marker M29 and once for Salomon 810). Tops and bottoms are perfect except for the drill holes. If you want these, PM me with an offer.
Thanks. The red ones were the slaloms, I'm looking for the yellow GS's in 174. In those days people still didn't appreiate that you could go a lot shorter, so the 174's are pretty rare.

6 days though. Nice.
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