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Old 04-11-2009, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ski and Snowboard Equipment Sales Drop Sharply

Retail sales of ski and snowboard equipment, apparel and accessories declined 16% overall in February 2009 over February 2008, according to new figures released this week by the trade group SnowSports Industries America (SIA). Snow Sports equipment sales were particularly hard hit in February, as consumers, riddled with fear over lost wealth and lost jobs, hesitated to purchase big ticket items like skis and snowboards in relatively average snow conditions.



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Old 09-04-2009, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It sure doesn't help when manufacturers raise their prices to coincide with the worst recession in decades.
fortunately I got my Stockli Stormrider XXL skis at a season end price of $700 as they now retail for $1250 w/o bindings. Like the auto industry ski manufacturers will need to realize that some fancy new graphic isn't going to create the sales it used to generate. Unless new gear is a great improvement over previous years it's going to sit on a shelf longer in this economic climate. Combine that with airlines charging for checked bags (ie skis and snowboards) and we have another incentive to rent at the resort instead of owning.
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