Originally Posted by Whiteroom
a few better question:
How many of you have closets full of 'great deals I couldn't resist'... on stuff you never use? Which begs the additional question, what did you actually save?
You understand that these are 'close-out' items, meaning less desirable items in less desirable sizes and/or colors, made to seem desirable by lowering the price?
Why don't more manufacturers make more technical womens gear, there is a big market... right?
Good point! Something is only a good deal if you can use it. Resale sucks on used ski gear, so only buying what you actually really want/need rather than on impulse probably serves most people best. I know that when I purchase a personal ski on closeout from a manufacturer, thinking 'hey, it is a good deal, can always use more skis, right?" I hardly ever end up using it unless it fills a spot I need in my quiver. If I already have a ski plugged in that quiver spot that I like, the other ski probably sits in the garage, or I end up selling it at a loss down the road.
I usually recommend getting what you really want, and if it pops up on Tramdock for cheap, all the better! If the wrong size or wrong ski pops up, it is better to pass and spend more to purchase the ski you really want. It works out better in the long run.
The other dis-advantage that I have found with Tramdock and the like, or just spending hours looking for a deal in general, is that it can be a huge waste of time. I really don't get that much free time these days, so when I do have it, I would rather be riding my bike or skiing. I have done the "spending hours upon hours researching gear and looking for a good deal" method, only to really just end up wasting a bunch of time and be frustrated in the end. If one is unemployed, perhaps time isn't an issue, but for most people, they probably get paid more per hour than the time they spent surfing the web looking for that big fish that might get away. I have found out the hard way how inefficient scouring the web for deals can be.
Tramdock is great if they have what you are looking for. Not so great for the impulsive gear buyer who picks up 5 pair a year on there, and 4 of those end up back on Ebay or the Gear Swap forum at a loss.