That's not a great price, I'd be very surprised if you can't do better than that. I was in the market for a pair of the Dynastar Contact 4x4"s last Spring, which retail for $300 more than the Contact 10 ($1299 as opposed to $999), and I found plenty of the 4x4's in the $450-500 range. So I'm thinking the Contact 10 should be somewhere in the $400-450 price range, max. Now, there's something to be said for buying from a reputable local shop, but your timing isn't all that great. Last Spring these shops were looking to give the stuff away rather than having to sit on it all summer. But now, everyone is starting to think about skiing again, and you've already missed out on the Labor Day and Columbus Day blowout sales, so from now on you can expect to pay more even for last years gear. I would do your homework, shop the internet to see what a fair price is on what's available, Then go down to your local shop and see if you can use the information to strike a bargain with them.