I've been busy this week, pardon the late reply. ;-)
How are you ever supposed to demo skis from the small indie manufacturers that can't afford to throw away skis by mounting demo bindings on them and touring them all over the country? It seems the demo first philosophy would only work if you are buying something from Atomic/Rossignol/Salomon/Fischer etc. What if you are debating Liberty/Praxis/ON3P/333/and High Society? Then what?
Wasatch Powder Skis in Utah has most of the better indies available. Here in Tahoe, there are plenty of places to demo indies -- and when the manufacturers are located here, you can usually contact them directly and work something out. (Incidentally, I understand that Sports Exchange in Truckee should have a reasonably full line of Ski Logiks for demo before the snow falls; I was in there fondling them a few days ago, and they look even more beautiful in 3D.)
Oh, and DPS will ship you skis to demo for three days; you just pay shipping.
Wouldn't it be fair to say that those folks are primarily between the age of 16 and 30 and really have no point of reference, and that half of them are most concerned by how their ski performs in the lift line or on their shoulder or on their rack? I haven't done a demographic study, but looking around the lift line at Squaw.....
I think your comment may reflect more about Squaw than about those skis.