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Worth it to buy skis that were used as demos?

post #1 of 23
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I've found some skis for sale that were being used as demos. I can find them new online for $450 plus $100 or so for shipping, and the demo ones are being sold for $350 +$30 shipping and come with bindings. I'm waiting on detailed pictures but they are supposedly in good shape with minor signs or wear. I'm not too worried about the wear as long as they still perform nicely. Also, the included bindings saves some trouble and extra money down the road. In general, how well do demo skis hold up after a season or two? Would this be worth it do you think? Any opinions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
post #2 of 23
a high end rental might get some more days then a try to buy demo. 

New, ski only for $550 vs used ski and binding for $380 is the deal?   I'd go used for the savings.   odds are they are not trashed, but look at the edge thickness, check for bends, ask about warranty.
post #3 of 23
I have bought skis that were 'rentals' of some sort. Just look at the pictures closely and get a guarantee that they aren't damaged in some invisible way. They may not now they are damaged because the seller isn't skiing them, just getting them back from renters and servicing them.

Rental bindings are great for when friends visit, plus you can play with fore/aft boot location on the ski (not that that matters that much ).
post #4 of 23
I've purchased some great demo's in the past.  There's always the odd pair that only goes out a couple of days a season. 
post #5 of 23
 I have bought many pairs of used demo skis.  Worked well for me.  Look them over and check for how much edge is left, bends, or compressions.  I buy new stuff now because I am partially "sponsored".  I am hard on my gear and new skis become rock skis very quickly.  If I couldn't get a "deal", I would be buying demos again.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses guys. Still no extra info on the skis. Question though: would you keep the demo bindings on the skis or would you switch them out? What types of bindings do they usually use for demos? Thanks!
post #7 of 23
Demo bindings on high end demo skis are typically good quality bindings.  The only potential negative is that demo bindings can weigh a bit more than the retail version and the stand height of the binding can be higher than the retail version because of the demo track.

Types of bindings vary by ski manufacturer as many brands have their own binding or use bindings from an affiliated company.

Mike
post #8 of 23
 Keep the demo bindings.  Buying new or swapping out defeats the purpose of buying the demo, saving money.  The demo bindings are heavier, but it will help unload the ski later when it doesn't need a remount and your friends can use them.
post #9 of 23
I've looked into buying demos a number of times in the past, but there always seemed to be someplace I could find the same or similar ski/binding combo brand new for maybe $100-$150 more. Just didn't seem worthwhile under the circumstances.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by garylk View Post

I've looked into buying demos a number of times in the past, but there always seemed to be someplace I could find the same or similar ski/binding combo brand new for maybe $100-$150 more. Just didn't seem worthwhile under the circumstances.
I'd pass on the demos unless money is a big issue. Consider that skis start to wear out after a 100 days. Then consider how many days demos see in a single season.
post #11 of 23
This is where you have to judge the book by its cover. If the ski is beat in any way, I'd agree, pass. Most demos I've seen look pretty nice. Top sheet condition would be a more obvious indicator of high use than a base which can be ground to look great. Lots of knicks and scratches -> pass. Just a few nicks, bend it, put it base to base and look down the edges. Straight (ok), wiggly or bent (pass).
post #12 of 23
Demos are a great way to go when looking for the cheapest deals. When purchasing a pair make sure to inquire about the return policy (if buying from a shop or retailer) and always have the skis and bindings inspected for any defects/damage that could affect the performance and safety of the ski.
post #13 of 23
As long as they aren't bump skis I prefer demos and demo bindings so I can experiment with different mounting positions and easily sell them if I don't like them anymore at some point.  As for bump skis and outright racing skis, weight and a tight, rattle free retention are more important there so I probably wouldn't get a used demo there.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by cgibs View Post

Thanks for the responses guys. Still no extra info on the skis. Question though: would you keep the demo bindings on the skis or would you switch them out? What types of bindings do they usually use for demos? Thanks!
 

cgibs, why don't you put us to the test and tell us what skis, size, year, what bindings and how much exactly for new with ship and the demos with ship.   then Epic can do a search for you and maybe find a better deal or ...................
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hmmm... alrighty. They're the Volkl Bridge 177's.

The demos are 2009, which is apparently almost identical to 2010. Come with demo bindings of course, and are on eBay for $350 + $30 international shipping + ridiculous taxes, duty, brokerages, etc (shipping to Canada). I'm thinking it will come to $490 or so.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Volkl-Bridge-Demo-Skis-177_W0QQitemZ230460284539QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSkiing?hash=item35a880de7b

New, they are 2010's obviously, and are on for $399.99 (found a cheaper site since I made this topic) + $65 shipping (or so they say) + ridiculous taxes, duty, brokerages, etc (Canada). No idea what bindings I should get, and I will probably hold off on them until my birthday or boxing day sales or something. Thinking they will come to about $580.
http://www.bentgate.com/volklbridgeski.html

However, evogear.com has them listed at $440.90, but shipping comes to $104.2. They claim this includes all taxes, duties, brokerage fees, etc. Can anyone confirm this? If I bought it from them would I not have to pay anything to the deliverer when it comes to my door? It's just sort of hard to believe. If true though, the total would be $545.14.
http://www.evogear.com/skis/volkl-bridge-2010.aspx

Money isn't a huge issue to me right now so I'm sort of leaning towards buying the skis new, just so I don't have to worry about anything going wrong. Anyway, any help, suggestions or opinions are appreciated! Thanks!
post #16 of 23
Volkl Bridge on Tramdock right now for 362.50
post #17 of 23
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Saw the quantity go from 3 to 1 within the 10 minutes I was on that site, so I scramble to get everything filled out, proceed to checkout and get a message saying they can't ship that brand outside the US :( Thanks for letting me know though!

They change that site every couple hours or something do they? Cause the Volkls weren't there yesterday...
Anyway, I'll see what other people say I guess.
post #18 of 23
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Saw the quantity go from 3 to 1 within the 10 minutes I was on that site, so I scramble to get everything filled out, proceed to checkout and get a message saying they can't ship that brand outside the US :( Thanks for letting me know though!

They change that site every couple hours or something do they? Cause the Volkls weren't there yesterday...
Anyway, I'll see what other people say I guess.
 
 Where are you located?
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Newfoundland, Canada
post #20 of 23
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Newfoundland, Canada
 


Found the 399 also with free ship UPS in USA.  I have a source in Canada, will call  right now.
post #21 of 23
No answer.
post #22 of 23

Will let you know as soon as I hear from him.

post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
Cool, sounds good!
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