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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm doing a research project down here at school, and was wondering if anybody could provide me with some input into their ski selection.

Specifically:

How much did the company brand influence your purchase (i.e. 40%)?

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (i.e. 50%)?

What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase?

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?

And, any other thoughts you might have.

Danke Schoen!
Gnarsty
post #2 of 24

Create a Poll

To gather useful, empirical data as a basis for statistically robust results, you need to create a poll (or polls).

Responses, as you've posed the questions, will be impossible to categorize and tabulate.

Few people will take the time to give you the specifics you're requested if they have to type replies, and respond separately to each question.

Just my 2 cents.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks Starto, is there a way to create a poll based questionnaire here on the forum... I'm kind of new to this.

Thanks,
Gnarsty
post #4 of 24
Since you have lots of stipulations for this project i'd recommend not doing a poll.

For my latest pair of ski's: K2 HellBents
Most of my decision was based on their design and the way they ride, maybe 80% of the reason for their purchase. I got a great deal on them because they are made by K2 so they can give bigger discounts compared to smaller companies, so that was maybe 15%. The last 5% came from their graphics. I obviously would not have bought them if they were all pink with some unicorns and rainbows on them but when comparing them to related skis, (Chopstick's or ARG's) the graphics did not sway my decision much at all. Yea.. the crazy demon skulls with blood coming out of their mouths doesn't get the best reviews from some ppl but I don't mind, I feel more BA cause of it.
post #5 of 24
1. 100% (after I tried them of course and found the brand to be reliable)

2. 0%

3. Performance, performance & quality

4. Not a dime; I don't find graphics appealing

To me, the more "graphic" a design is or any ski that makes a social statement is an automatic turn off. The more plain the ski the better and one of my favorite skis is all black with no visible logo at all .... you could say that was a plus.

Before I rode any ski with all of that "urban crap", I would spend $18 for a quart of paint and fire up the spray gun.
post #6 of 24
Give me substance over style.
post #7 of 24
I ordered my last two pairs of skis based on (pair 1) reviews on Epic/price; (pair 2) shopowner-friend's recommendation/price. I didn't see either pair until they arrived, and had no preconception about the graphics.
post #8 of 24
Many factors involving skis are too intertwined to break it down easily.

For example a big part of ski selection for me (once I've narrowed it down to a certain category of ski, ie park, pow, sl, gs, all mountain, carver etc) is construction. I like to buy quality stuff up front. Brand plays a big factor in this, I like wood cores, so I may stray away from Salomon and lean more towards Head, Blizzard, Dynastar, Rossi, etc. I was burned by some crappy quality K2 stuff many years back, so I avoid them, whether logical at this point in time or not.

Reviews (NOT MAGAZINE REVIEWS, usually) help me narrow it down too as I don't have too many opportunities to demo, but when I do demo, I look not only the specific ski, but the characteristics of it so I can apply that research to further purchases.

Price plays a huge factor. When I decided that this season I wanted to buy a pair of boards in the 90 underfoot range, I had pretty much decided I'd try to find a pair of last years Mojo 90s, but while in the hunt I stumbled upon a pair of Scotts that fit the bill for a great for price so thats what I got. They've gotten the good reviews I was looking for and are solidly built.

Graphics, not a big deal. Given two skis with the same performance, I'd go maybe $50 higher if the graphics were wicked sweet on one pair. The aforementioned Scotts are ugly as hell, but another poster on here is going to beautify these bad boys. Plus custom painted skis will cut down on theft.

Biggest 3 factors:
Performance (influenced by materials, design and construction)
Longevity (materials, construction and brand)
Price (brand can play a factor, but luck has a lot to do with it)
post #9 of 24
Graphics won't sell a ski, but they will stop a sale.
post #10 of 24
Performance and durability are my primary criteria. Graphics won't compel me to purchase but can be a turnoff.
post #11 of 24
I design and build my own customs. www.wagnerskis.com
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by gnarsty View Post
I'm doing a research project down here at school, and was wondering if anybody could provide me with some input into their ski selection.

Specifically:

How much did the company brand influence your purchase (i.e. 40%)? Not at all

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (i.e. 50%)?
Not at all.
What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase? Performance at speed, desired turn radius, edge grip

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?
I would buy the least expensive ski regardless of appearance
And, any other thoughts you might have.
Skis available for free demo on the hill makes me try them and recommend them if they are suitable for others.

Danke Schoen!
Gnarsty
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post #13 of 24
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Apologies on the hijack, but what the hell does this mean?

I see this and often question


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post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnarsty View Post
I'm doing a research project down here at school, and was wondering if anybody could provide me with some input into their ski selection.

Specifically:
OK, this season I bought a pair of PMGear 183 BROS so I'll use those to answer your questions. My choice to buy boutique may make my answers slightly different from those who go mainstream...


How much did the company brand influence your purchase (i.e. 40%)?
Tough to make this a percentage... how about %85, if you take into consideration the brand's reputation.

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (i.e. 50%)?
0-5%. Nuff said.

What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase?
The company (and ski's) reputation. Size and shape of ski. Being able to deal directly with Pat, and having my questions answered quickly.

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?
How much more would I spend for more appealing graphics? $20 maybe, but they'd have to be pretty damn cool!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post


Apologies on the hijack, but what the hell does this mean?

I see this and often question


(nerd street cred shot now shot to hell)
It stops the software from preventing your reply to a quote; the reply would be too short without the 1234.....
post #16 of 24
How much did the company brand influence your purchase (i.e. 40%)? 100%

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (i.e. 50%)? 0%

What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase? I like the technology behind Head's skis, I like their skis' characteristics, I like their customer service.

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic? Brand first, but if brand wasnt an issue I would go for the appearance only if there wasnt much of a price penalty.

And, any other thoughts you might have.

With so many brands and ski types out there (admittedly most are good), I find it easier and more rewarding to stick to one brand. I first got interested in Head when they incorporated the intellifibers and the chip, been hooked ever since.
post #17 of 24
How much did the company brand influence your purchase (30 %)?

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (5 %)?

What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase?
1) Word of mouth recommendation indicates performance charicteristics fit what I am looking for.
2) Price relative to durability and performance.
3) Established brand name and graphics.

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?

10 bucks

Ask folks that spend more time bragging about skiing than they have spent actually skiing and their answers somewhat different. Their purchasing behavior will be ENTIRELY different focusing HEAVILY on graphics.
post #18 of 24
Quote:
If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?

10 bucks
That's very honest, and probably about right for me too. Not 10 euros, though.
post #19 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnarsty View Post
I'm doing a research project down here at school, and was wondering if anybody could provide me with some input into their ski selection.

Specifically:

How much did the company brand influence your purchase (i.e. 40%)?

How much did the design/graphic imprinted on the ski influence your purchase (i.e. 50%)?

What are the three main components that influenced your ski purchase?

If ski performance was similar among two skis, how much more would you spend to obtain the ski with a more appealing graphic?

And, any other thoughts you might have.

Danke Schoen!
Gnarsty
1. Not that much. There are certain brands that I have realized I am not too fond of, like k2, but I would be open minded if they came out with something I thought I'd like.

2. Very very little, if at all.

3. Performance, durability, and price, and price is negotiable since you can always find something for the right price if you look hard enough and are willing to wait a little while.

4. None. In fact, I cannot imagine graphics being a tiebreaker. I don't think there are any two skis that are similar enough that graphics would be the only thing to set them apart.
post #20 of 24
How much does the brand influence? Not much. I demo constantly, and end up buying what suits me.

Graphics - not much of an issue (20-25%). I do love the goth on my Mythic Riders however.

What influenced decision - performance, performance and performance.

How much more for prettier graphics - not much.
post #21 of 24
As Captain Strato suggested, you should create a poll that people from this forum could go to, answer your questions, and then you could properly tabulate the results. There are quite a few free services that you could use. SurveyMonkey is a good one.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/

Once you've created you're poll, you could post the link to it here.

Mike
post #22 of 24
I cast runes for all major purchases.
post #23 of 24
Graphics can loose a sale.....

Performance sells.

The last 3 yrs I have taped photos of my kids over the fronts of my skis.
post #24 of 24
Bring back razzle dazzle
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