In my experience, bigger shops charge full retail markup, whereas in some cases a smaller shop or maybe a legit bootfitter will sell you them for base price. Like for my boots this year, a shop in portland had them for $750, but the race shop at mt hood had them for $500. Probably depends on the area and shop mostly...
now, very cheap like skis. Go try and buy(if they fit) now and you will get them cheap. Yesterday, I got new Solly Falcon CS Pros for $387. I tried about 5 similar boots too now that my feet are healed from the season and found these to be the best(and stiffest =D ) of all (rossi 120 was 2nd best, Ghost was a no, Nordica no, FT iffy, Dalbello no, and Banshee Pros felt soft and wide =( ) It is exactly like skis. Also, Intuitions might be a better bet than footbeds depending on your foot shape, they form the bottom well too. For all my shoes, I use SOLE footbeds, they are about $40 and heat mold perfectly to your foot, starting with a deep heel and large rise, so that they form perfectly. Not kidding, better than $300 also custom ones. get the black kind of them. I am getting intuitions for the Falcons, then after molding will see if I want FBs and a re-mold with them in. is this all you were asking?
Thanks. I can't do it now cause there is a high posibility my feet will grow. I have super flat feet that I have to see a doctor for so I think the better the footbed, the more I'll enjoy myself. I'll probably buy boots at the end of august or September.
yes, however they are thick. If you normally use a heel lift, no need with these. The black ones are thickest of all(from cushion on top). The only con of being thick is in some boots it moves your heel a bit above the heel pocket, mostly noticable in very soft boots(same problem with heel lifts, yet so many live with those in ski boots). Peace for tonight