How to Sell Used Ski Equipment

How to Sell Used Ski Equipment
If you've got a closet full of used, but still viable ski equipment you don't plan on using again, you might be sitting on a source of spending cash. If the ski gear is still usable, odds are good that either new skiers just entering the sport or veterans on a budget will snap it up at a ski swap. Even the most battered pair of skis may be purchased for later use as "rock skis" or ski-related pranks. Look for ski swaps throughout the ski season, often organized through skiing clubs or community recreation organizations.


Difficulty: Easy

Ski Swap

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pen
  • Labels
Step 1
Decide on your bottom line price. What is the minimum amount you're willing to accept for each piece of ski gear? Used ski gear often sells at a mere fraction of its new value, but the exact pricing will depend on what sort of gear you have and the local demand for it. At this point you should also consider whether you want to allow haggling--if so, add between ten and twenty percent to your bottom line price for the asking price--or whether you will hold firm and ask for your bottom line price right away.
Step 2
Write your asking price for each piece of gear on a sticker or label and attach it to the appropriate piece of gear. Add any other identifying information about the gear, such as the maker, year of production, size or notes on gear condition. If you don't have a clue how much to ask, start at 50 percent off the retail price of each item. Depending on the age and condition of the gear, expect to go as low as 20 to 25 percent of the cost for new.
Step 3
Drop your used gear off at the sale point, if you're consigning it, and inquire when you should return to collect proceeds (if the gear did sell) or the gear (if it didn't sell). Get to the ski swap as soon as possible; the best equipment usually goes fast and early, so that's when the most interested shoppers will come. If you're selling the gear yourself, obviously you will need to plan on staying a while.
Step 4
Answer all questions asked by prospective buyers as honestly as possible. Most skiing communities are fairly tight-knit and the honor system definitely applies; treat others with the same honesty you would appreciate from them, even if the answer to their question is "I don't know."

Tips & Warnings

Inspect your used ski equipment just as if you were about to use it yourself. If cracks or other structural damage make it unsafe to use, don't sell it.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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