I will go first.
Last week I had a guy come in with some older gear that he bought at a ski swap to have the bindings adjusted to his boots. I take a look at the skis which are at least 2 generations old and point out the serious rust and gouges on the edges and base. But as the guy was a re-entry skier off the snow for about 10 years, the skis would be fine if they were fixed up and tell him what a major tune would cost. He tells me that is more than he paid for the skis and will pass on the tune,. OK, I say, then I look at the boots, They are older than the skis and beat pretty bad with rounded toes and heals. I then notice the size on the boots, 28.5. Now the guy is about 5'6" and I ask him what size street shoe he wears, he tells me a 9-9.5. I tell him that I can gurantee that the boots are at least 2 sizes to big for him. He insists that he tried them on and they fit great. I explain to him that I wear a 10.5-11 street shoe and wear a 27.5 ski boot and that there is no way he takes a 28.5. I then take him back to our boot fitting area and have him take off a shoe so I could measure his foot. Of course he measures out to a 26-26.5 boot and then I measure my foot for him to see.
I can see the guy get a bit deflated so I ask him how much he paid for his boots. 50 bucks he tells me. I tell him that we take trade ins and offer him $35 on a trade, knowing that the boot will probably never sell do to the poor condition. He declines. I ask again about the tune and again he declines and tells me to just adjust the bindings. I tell him to come back to see me after he skis on those boots and he realizes that he is all over the place on his skiis and can't control them and that I would still honor the trade in.
My guess he will try once or twice and throw the skiis in the corner of the garage never to see the light of day again.
Why do people cheap out on themselves?