Originally Posted by habacomike
Well, guys, you can rationalize it how you'd like. I do happen to be a card carrying economist, and a practicing one at that, and it seems highly unlikely to me that the increases in the price of transport, commodities, and fall in the dollar account for the increase in ski prices that we see this year, which by my estimation is at least 40%. There's not that much petroleum product in a ski (even considering transport); sure the dollar has fallen by 20% this year, but other consumer goods imported from abroad are seeing price increases less than those associated with skis. And skis are discretionary purchases for most of us.
Well, I'm in the transportation business, and the cost of transporting a container from both Europe and Asia has gone up over 100 % in the past three years. In fact heavy machine goods have become so expensive to transport from Asia to the U.S. that many manufacturers are bringing production back to the states. Maybe K2 will reopen on Vashon, WA. (One can hope.)
As everyone has stated, retail sales are all based on demand. I would imagine there won't be too many Volkl Grizzlies sold at retail price. Besides, who pays retail for anything? All the preseason sales start this Friday, Aug. 29th. Buy last years Volkl Karma and save yourself $600.
When the XXL 187 first came on the market, they were asking $899. I got mine end of season for $449. I know some folks got theirs for a few dollars less. Besides, everyone feels good when an over priced MSRP gets marked down 30%-50%.