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I love the entrepreneurial spirit and wish you nothing but success in your business ventures. That being said you remind me of a younger version of myself who once wanted nothing more but to work in the ski industry in which we are so passionate about.
I worked under reps as their "tech reps" aka the biatch for a few years. Built a ski industry resume. Approached a few brands and signed on as one of their sol Canadian Distributor. Cool title eh! Their only Distributor/Rep in Canada!! After travelling the whole country for a few years trying to sell products much more than just skis I gave up. And lost lots of money doing it. I wasn’t the only one losing money many ski/SB shops have shut down in the past 5 years. If I learned one thing from that experience its veryyy difficult to make money in this industry especially selling gear weather new or used.
I don’t want to sound like a dick here, I have the best intentions (save you time and $$). Your logic and arguments are a little flawed. You mentioned the industry is down because people are buying used gear, so next year there will be no used 2013 skis to sell as everyone bought used 2012 stuff this year? I don’t think so. You need to do a lot more research on the industry. The target market for park skis is likely your parents, if not your parents the parents of most of the 12-17 year olds who make up this website. They buy new skis. Period. Your target market is going to be college/uni kids who spend a lot of time pricing out gear and will likely find new gear with warranty for a similar price to what you want to sell your 2011 stuff for. Heck I’ve seen decent skis sell new for $149 because there 2 years old. Yes they were still new.
Do you know how many times a ski shop can mount a binding on a ski? I’m talking the legal limit which is allowed by a legit insured shop? That would be a concern when buying and selling used skis. If they’ve been mounted twice before they are pretty much done and worth 1$ to make a chair out of or something. Anyone who spends $800 on used pow skis doesn’t want to remount them. You won’t find someone who is a size 26.5 who wants 800$ used pow skis. Especially when he could find new ones for a similar price….I just don’t think there is a lineup of those customers there for you. That’s just one little concern there is many more. Age of bindings is another. There is an age limit to bindings that allows a shop to say no to remounting them. Liability for injury selling pretty much broken gear... Forget about selling boots...ratchet ass used smelly liners and woren bottom pads that barely click into a binding anymore? Not gonna happen for you…there is also a legal limit on the ware on the bottom of boots used by shops when mounting skis. If they are to worn they can deny to work on your set up. Is the budget man gonna buy used scratched up Oakley’s for 50$ or some new anons for 50$?? Whats left? poles…how attractive are those scratched to shit used poles for 19.99 looking?? I bought a set of atomic poles in whistler village this season for 19.99 no profit to be had their man.
So to answer your question will people start using www.skipawn.com probably not.
If you do indeed have a profitable business going man focus on that. Keep doing the odd deal on NS. Keep the Entrepreneurial spirit going! But don’t invest any money into the ski industry without proper research first.