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Is it possible to buy a snowboard, then sell it back after 2 weeks?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well we're off to Colorado at the end of the month, and there's one boarder in our group who thinks he will be able to buy a board (nothing special, ex-rental perhaps) at Winter Park...

...Then at then end of our trip (at Frisco), he hopes to sell it back, although i'm not sure where to.

Just looking at the rental cost, it could cost him $300 for the two weeks, he has his own boots, and isn't too fussy about the lates gear, so if he could buy a board then sell it on at a loss of $100-200, it would still be cheaper than rental.

Well thats the theory anyway!

What do you guys reckon?

Joe
post #2 of 12
There's a consignment used sporting goods chain called Play it Again Sports with two locations in Colorado.

That's a good bet. There are other ways to do it, but I'd start there.

They typically sell their gear for twice what they buy it for, so he should be able to buy a $400 snowboard and sell it back to them for $200.
post #3 of 12
If you go through with it there's a consignment shop in the mall in Frisco that would be a good place to get rid of it.

Couldn't find a site but here's some info.
post #4 of 12
Would shipping 9it back via FedEx or UPS be more expensive than the hit you'd take re-selling it?

This was going to be my first suggestion, when I assumed you were from the southern US, then I noticed your location. Would duties or tarrifs be involved?

If you could figure out what baord he would buy in advance, maybe you could set up a sale on a board like this one or TGR.

Good luck.
post #5 of 12
Regardless of duties or tarriffs, he'd probably get killed on the shipping if he bought/sold it on ebay. For people in the states, "renting" this way makes a lot of sense since used gear tends to sell for the same price over a three week window (you might even make a profit).

For a guy coming from Blighty it's a bit more complicated.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies!

Like poeple have said, I think he would get stung if he sent it back via courier etc

He would need to buy it at Winter Park, as we land in Denver in the evening then go straight to WP.

Will places there sell there ex-rentals if he made an offer?

Joe
post #7 of 12
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Will places there sell there ex-rentals if he made an offer?
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Maybe. It depends on when you go. The demo centers typically start selling off their rental stock on X date, where X varies by the establishment. At my hill, they start selling the demo gear on Dead President's day, but it may be different in Colorado. Call ahead and find out for sure.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Right well i'll tell him to phone ahead, although he probably won't! He's confident he will be able to buy at WP so I just thought i'd post on here to gain more info!

In theory, I guess there's a few ski/board shops in WP, and if the rest of us (4 people) were renting skis, they might do him a good deal on a board...

It's all part of the adventure!

Joe
post #9 of 12
There's always craigslist, if he has a laptop.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
There's always craigslist, if he has a laptop.
Craigslist is a great resourse, but he's going to be hard pressed to sell it on craigslist between finishing his last run of the trip and leaving to catch the plane.

BTW, some rental places give deep discounts for multi-day rentals once you get past the first few days. I'd look into that if you're going to be there for three weeks - you should be able to do substantially better than the normal day rate.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Craigslist is a great resourse, but he's going to be hard pressed to sell it on craigslist between finishing his last run of the trip and leaving to catch the plane. .
How do you figure?

He posts the ad on Monday or Tuesday, then sets a meetup date on Friday (or Thursday if he wants to take the hit of one day's rental).
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
That craiglist site looks great, don't think we have that in the UK!

He might even be able to buy a board from there if it suits.

Yeah I suppose he could post the advert at the beginning of our second week in Frisco, then sell it the Friday evening (we leave Sat am).

I tried to find out the 'best' shops in WP here http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=78124 and it just seems like Christys will be ok

A big reason for renting from Christys is that we can return them to their store in Frisco. We spoke to them on the phone and they "usually" have a 2-for-1 deal at the time we're going...

Apologies, Went a bit off topic there!


Thanks for the info people!

Joe
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