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ski market bankruptcy?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I wasnt sure where to post this but I received a letter that Ski Market Filed for Chapter 11.  I know the one in my area closed last month and reopened under a different name. I was wondering what about the other stores in the NE, are they still open under the Ski Market name?

I rented skis for my daughter for the season and I am wondering if this now means I am out the deposit.

Thanks for your help
post #2 of 18
yeah but if you don't get your deposit back you get to keep the skis.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
they already said that I could keep the skis. I need to send in receipt to get the deposit back ($150).
post #4 of 18
I visited a ski market a few days ago and it was still there...(boston, commonwealth ave)
post #5 of 18
The web site says the are in bankruptcy and hope to find a buyer soon.  Until then, they can't give you any of you money back.  So no returns or exchanges.  If you leased equipment and left a deposit, they won't give it back.  Personally, I wouldn't by jack from them in that situation.  Although I done anything more than browse there in 20 years, except maybe buy a gummi stone.

I wonder how people feel about ski market.  My impression goes back to my 20s which was couple decades or so ago.  I had a ton of friends that worked there.  It seemed to me that most Ski Market employees were people that did a year or two of college and then decided they hadn't decided what to do with their lives so took a year or two off and worked in a ski shop.  So, almost none of the people working there were career ski people.  As of result, knowledge and service there were very unreliable.  I wouldn't call it the Walmart of ski shops but I'd say there are a bunch of places I'd shop first if I really needed help.
post #6 of 18
While I feel for anyone that's stuck as a result of the bankruptcy, I can't say I'm sorry to see Ski Market go.

Agree with L2T on knowledge and service being mediocre at best ... and for a big chain (who should have some pricing power), their prices always seemed higher that I could find at a dedicated shop ... except maybe on Ski Totes :)  Much rather give my money to an independent retailer.
post #7 of 18
The closer you are to a major metro market, the less likely (not zero) you will be able to find knowledgeable, experienced staff that can provide advice based upon their years of experience on the slopes and in the shop.   The closer you are to a resort, your odds increase exponentially.

My experience was always that they had a script they followed, a formula, a couple choices for each "category" and that was the end of it.   Everything had a formula.  The only thing I ever bought from Ski Market was a pair of ski racks.

The shops near the mountains are run by guys and gals who are out every day, who had skied/boarded on nearly every piece of gear in the shop and every possible condition.  They go to the shows, race, slack, sit in the lodge, mix and match equipment, do repairs, see what people damage and how and so on: experience.  It shows in the selection of gear they stock. They really get to know your skiing style, abilities, the slopes you run, and your objectives, before they start pulling out boards, boots and other gear.  Yeah, it may cost a little more, but in the long run, it's a much superior experience.

Sure, there are exceptions.  A few great folks can be found in the metro areas, and a few bad apples are in the resort towns.  I'll go where the best odds are of good advice and service.
post #8 of 18
Sooo can we be expecting any liquidation sales?
post #9 of 18
Well I guess I had incredibly good luck there then.  I always got great service, found some great buys, and was looking forward to going back for more.
post #10 of 18
Hope this doesn't mean ski buses will stop. I plan on doing a few, (possibly my first this monday!)
post #11 of 18
I lived in CT for some time in the early 90's and Ski Market was one of my shops, but even then the service was not so good and the advise was even worse.  I feel sorry for the employees. 

FYI, in Chicago Viking Ski Shop is in the city limits and one of the finest boot fitters I've ever been to.  So with the comment above about shops near metro areas, yes, their are execptions. 
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

I did hear something about liquidation sale this w.e but havent' had a chance to verify it.

post #13 of 18

Got a notice in today's mail regarding a liquidation sale at the Buffalo location. The small print says the sale is not affiliated with The Ski Market-it's conducted by "Ski and Sport Liquidators". Probably piles of overpriced junk. If it was 10 minutes away, I might be temped to check it out, but not worth a drive to Buffalo.............!

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
The Buffalo Store was absolutely packed today.  While there were some good prices, it wasn't worth an almost hour wait to get checked out.  I have never seen so many people in a store at one time (fire hazard).  I was only looking for a ski/boot bag, but wasn't worth the wait....I will get one online....any suggestions, right now I am looking at ebag.com
post #15 of 18
I drove from Rochester to the sale... well worth it. Spent about $1100 and waited in line for 2 hours.  I sold the stuff on ebay for $2600 so the 2 hour wait was worth it for a quick profit.  I'm going back this weekend to buy more... sale ends this weekend but they still have lots to buy.

Here's some of what I got:
Rossi ski jacket - $99, was 600
Atomic GS ski  - $199, was 1100
Armada ski - $99, was 400
$80 ski bag for 10
$180 leki ski pole for 19
post #16 of 18
I stopped there on Saturday on my way back to Kentucky. Lots of stuff but nothing that blew me away except some really nice Jr race gear, like Fischer boots for $89 (was going to buy some for my wife but we decided against it without her there to fit them properly.) Got her a boot bag and some poles. Almost pulled the trigger on some Head 156 SL's for $299 but no one could tell me whether they were Jr race or adult race stock. 

John- it's actually in Williamsville, right off exit 49, so only about 40 minutes from 490/90 in Leroy. Can't say for sure it'd be worth your time though.

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Originally Posted by skibum45 View Post

I drove from Rochester to the sale... well worth it. Spent about $1100 and waited in line for 2 hours.  I sold the stuff on ebay for $2600 so the 2 hour wait was worth it for a quick profit.  I'm going back this weekend to buy more... sale ends this weekend but they still have lots to buy.

Here's some of what I got:
Rossi ski jacket - $99, was 600
Atomic GS ski  - $199, was 1100
Armada ski - $99, was 400
$80 ski bag for 10
$180 leki ski pole for 19
post #17 of 18
Yeah, I got another flyer from them. I suppose if I really needed stuff, it would be worth the drive, but between the internet dealers, ebay and the local shops, I see enough good deals. I added three pairs of skis this year and got rid of four, so my basement is fairly uncluttered and I'd rather keep it that way. I will keep my eyes open for a deal on a set of SG skis though.......
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by skibum45 View Post

I drove from Rochester to the sale... well worth it. Spent about $1100 and waited in line for 2 hours.  I sold the stuff on ebay for $2600 so the 2 hour wait was worth it for a quick profit.  I'm going back this weekend to buy more... sale ends this weekend but they still have lots to buy.

Here's some of what I got:
Rossi ski jacket - $99, was 600
Atomic GS ski  - $199, was 1100
Armada ski - $99, was 400
$80 ski bag for 10
$180 leki ski pole for 19
 

Here in Boston, some of the stores have been kept open.  But, still will not honor merchandise credits, they issued for returned merchandise, that persumably they have since sold.

IMHO, they are swallowing all the income for MGT payroll, not paying off their customers.  You know the vendors are getting screwed.

As eveidenced by the captioned post, Management certainly is not working to hard.  They could have been posting this same stuff to ebay...
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