Originally Posted by JayPowHound
Does anyone dedicated to the sport enough to visit this site really pay retail for skis??
I didn't say $700 for Gotamas was a fair price, the point was even high end corporate skis made in China for $60 a pair are in the same price range. Small manufacturers making hand made skis for $750 isn't exactly a bad price. I work for a small ski manufacturer. You're right that it's pretty easy to get a pro/bro deal from a large corporate company.
It's more difficult to get pro/bro deals from smaller indie manufacturers. There aren't enough sales to warrant giving every manny, moe, and jack a bro deal. It's important for small companies to get word of mouth marketing, and to have people see professionals on their skis, but many of these companies don't even sell in retail stores. So the shop kid doesn't necessarily get pro deals on Igneous, Bros, Moments, or some other US produced, handmade skis.
Some people do get deals, many of them on this site. But they are usually in a position a lot of people look to for guidance. Ski patrol, mountain guides, and high level instructors (think Gordy Pfeifer's Str8line camps) are good examples of pro deals for small indie companies.
But there aren't really industry deals in general. The, "hey, I work at Patagonia packing boxes" kids don't really get indie deals, but they get deals from tons of large companies.
For some people, it's worth it to support the small companies with good ideas that are owned and operated by skiers.
As far as 'anyone dedicted to the sport enough to visit this site', there are lots of rippers, lots of knowledge, and lots of industry folks on this site. I really enjoy this site. But I would hardly call it a 'hardcore ski site'. It's a great place for people to learn about gear, meet people to ski with, sign up for ESA lessons, and fill their jones for skiing year round.