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post #31 of 39

What about buying used skis on Ebay? Anyone had any experiences? Anything I should be on the lookout for if I do? What kind of questions should I ask the seller? I don't mind buying things like ski pants , gloves, etc. there but skis and boots I'm a little wary of.


Edited by PhilP - 10/13/11 at 6:04am
post #32 of 39

Hi PhilP,

 

Check out this link (scroll down to "update 2011"):

 

http://www.skiernet.com/esg.html

 

Cheers,

 

Bernie

post #33 of 39
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Originally Posted by PhilP View Post

What about buying used skis on Ebay? Anyone had any experiences? Anything I should be on the lookout for if I do? What kind of questions should I ask the seller? I don't mind buying things like ski pants , gloves, etc. there but skis and boots I'm a little wary of.



Boots: NO F'ING WAY!

 

Skis: Depends. If you know what you're looking at and trust the seller, sure. Great deals can be had.

 

Some of the best deals I've seen/gotten were through the Gear Swap section of this site and even more so, over on TGR.

post #34 of 39

For new skis, the best time is generally in the spring, when stores are clearing out overstock.  They don't want extra skis lying around all summer, and once next fall/winter hits the new models will be in the shops and they'll have to sell the old ones at a steep discount.  Of course, very popular models will probably be sold out at that point.

 

Occasionally you can find last year's models still in stores around this time.

 

Local ski sales/swaps can be a good source for used gear, since you can inspect it before buying.  Most people sell skis long before they're actually worn out.

 

I've gotten some screaming deals purchasing (new) skis online -- 'Dawgcatching' here on Epicski is a prolific seller, among others.

 

Buying used skis on eBay is dependent on the seller, and knowing what you're looking for.  Skis generally hold up well to abuse, and most issues can be fixed, so if the seller is reputable I wouldn't worry about it as much as some other types of gear (like, say, a climbing harness).  You'd want to get them (and the bindings!) checked out at a shop before using them, obviously.

post #35 of 39

When ever what you want is in stock. From time to time shops will have great pricing on skis. Like after a flood, check with shops that were flooded this year. There were a few shops in the northeast that were flooded.

post #36 of 39

BUMP

 

Yes, I know this thread is from several years ago but the advice still makes good sense.

 

Lots of late season sales happening right now.  Have heard about people getting boots from a good boot fitter for 40-50% off.  Not just in the northeast either.  In late Feb, a ski shop in VA was having a Buy One Get One sale on a lot of big stuff: jackets, pants, skis, gloves, etc.  My ski shop in NC did the same in mid-March.  My daughter and I both needed new helmets.  Got exactly what we wanted . . two for the price of one, or 50% off . . . and supported a local business.  Win-win-win. 

 

When do you suggest for folks who aren't already fully equipped should be looking to buy gear should go shopping in earnest?  Now?  In a month?  Over the summer?  Or wait until pre-season sales?

post #37 of 39
What are you looking for?
post #38 of 39
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What are you looking for?


Me?  I'm fully equipped.  Actually my non-skiing husband would say I've got more than I need.  :rolleyes

 

I'm in the midst of looking for skis and bindings for my daughter who has turned into a tele skier.  I learned from ski forums a while back that waiting until April can be too late.

 

Came across the thread looking for something else and bumped it for lurkers just getting into skiing enough to make it worth investing in gear who are too shy to ask the question, but are wondering if they should buy now, or wait.  The list grows pretty fast . . . boots, skis, poles, ski jacket, ski pants, helmet, gloves, goggles, etc.

post #39 of 39
Once you see skis at 30-40% off for the current model year, what more can one hope for.
Buy them, or risk not finding your model, size, colour, etc.
In my area the big sales already started 3 weeks ago.
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