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As the company grows, they may not have to rely on presales to generate revenue to build supply stocks. They are moving to a new, larger warehouse. They are starting to go retail. Presale might not be happening anymore (possibly).
honestly it's more about not being willing to spend 700 bucks on a pair of skis than not having the money. i could buy a dozen pairs right now if i wanted, but the reason i'm able to do that is because i'm always looking for a deal. hell... i spent $1020 on skis this fall (470 for new JJs, 450 for new TSTs, and 100 for new AR5s).
that said, 550 (i believe that was the presale for the vicik) was something i'd be willing to pay for on3p quality. 700 is just too much for a cheap ass like me.
if they go on pre-sale, i'll pick up a pair. if they don't, the world won't end and i'll still be skiing.
Aaaand shit like this is exactly why companies that should have all the success in the world, struggle. 150 bucks is enough to motivate a decision to compromise on "just buying whatever's cheap". Awesome.
They can't really offer a presale when they are going to be trying to meet orders from retailers. No retailer wants to see the ski they are trying to sell for 700 bucks be offered at a discount before it is even on their shelves.
yup i definitely understand that. i'm not blaming on3p in any way, it's just unfortunate for the frugal among us. hopefully i can demo a pair of their skis this winter, and if they blow away anything else i've ever skied on i just might be able to justify the cost. we'll see.