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Old 05-27-2013, 04:48 AM   #51 (permalink)
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BMW Snow New Zealand Snowboards & Snow Gear - Clothing & Accessories - Snowboard Shop | BWMsnow.co.nz has some bits and bobs left over on sale and cheapskates as well Cheapskates

Hope you get some snow up North this year, I fancy a trip to check it out!! (Predicting nearer 10cm now tonight down here)
Thanks for the links, been looking through them. Looking at either the Rome 390s from cheapskates or TT30s from bmw :P
I'll probably pull the trigger next week after getting a run in at snowplanet.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:46 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Hope you Kiwis have been praying for snow....although we got 5cm yesterday here in the northern Hemi it is time to head south again for winter...will be in NZ in July based out of Q'twn so hoping for some bigs dumps early on...Oz has already had a bit of cover apparently.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Heavy snow warnings for deep south - National - NZ Herald News

Winter is coming!

Where do you guys buy your gear from? Been looking around for new bindings but there really aren't much around.
The shops around here mainly carry nothing but Burton and will dent the wallet big time.

Online, if at all. I usually wait until I go overseas. Ebay is the easy one. Some gear can be purchased off Amazon. Some smaller websites will ship any brand to NZ.

It's all about which site will ship which brand usually. There's no point buying here, we get so ripped off.

I used to buy my 32 boots online, get them shipped in for under $100. I can buy 5 pairs of them for the same price as 1 in store here - I don't even care about warranty's at that price. It's shit not to support the local market, and it means the gear doesn't get any cheaper, but they did it to them selves with the outrageous price to begin with. Plus 80% of NZ stores still try to take you for a ride and bullshit you into buying from them instead of being honest.

Next best is the notice boards in ski towns - all the locals coming in for the season with 2nd hand/new gear trying to offload it for some extra cash. Even better at the end of the season when they are trying to lighten up for the trip home/over summer.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Plus 80% of NZ stores still try to take you for a ride and bullshit you into buying from them instead of being honest.
Agree with you on this. Had one place sell me some 32's which I thought were fine (first time buying boots, lesson learnt). Turned out they were just way to big for my feet WRT width. Went in a year or two later and after I mentioned that I'd bought shoes that were bad for my feet, the salesman went off and next thing I know the manager came down almost demanding (and aggressively) asking why I said the boots weren't suited for me. He then went on to try and tell my mate the same model of boots that I'd bought that were way too wide for my feet let alone his which are thinner were the perfect boot to buy for him /facepalm

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Hope you Kiwis have been praying for snow....although we got 5cm yesterday here in the northern Hemi it is time to head south again for winter...will be in NZ in July based out of Q'twn so hoping for some bigs dumps early on...Oz has already had a bit of cover apparently.
The North Island is slowly building up a bit. Down south is getting more snow than up north. Not sure which places down south have webcams, so here's Ruapehu's.
Mt Ruapehu Webcams - Whakapapa & Turoa
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:51 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Cardrona webcam here: Webcams & Snow Report of Cardrona Alpine Resort , New Zealand

Coronet (plus Remarks and Hutt) here: Coronet Peak Mountain Overview

And yeah I'd second the comments around some (many) shops here really not knowing their stuff. For every guy (or girl) you get that talks a bit of sense there'll be three or four talking rubbish. I've had people trying to sell me Ride El Hefe bindings for freestyle, and stuff like that. I tend to ask most of my questions on the forums here.

I tend to go for the local websites, because sometimes the shipping from overseas can be a real gouge (not to mention some of the bigger retailers like Tactics will only ship certain brands to certain countries). But as many point out, often they're still a lot cheaper even after the shipping.

The noticeboard thing is a good idea, except not so much if you're like me and have size 12 feet which kinda constrain a lot of your buying options.
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I think it is the same in any country, most salesmen just want to sell you any old gear regardless of suitability, I find if you go to the smaller shops and in fairness even the R and R in Christchurch has some honest guys who know their stuff and will hook you up with a discount where they can.

However you are right, it is much cheaper to get stuff shipped in if you do it carefully and avoid further taxes.

Just had some snow last night, only a few cm's but those bases are building!!
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In aus I order online from te US and use a resender. I got me a full fresh kit jacket and pants and the missus decked out with jacket pants boots board and bindings. The price I paid plus shipping to aus was around 1400. Try get all that in aus for that much!! U couldn't do it at the second hand store lol
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In aus I order online from te US and use a resender. I got me a full fresh kit jacket and pants and the missus decked out with jacket pants boots board and bindings. The price I paid plus shipping to aus was around 1400. Try get all that in aus for that much!! U couldn't do it at the second hand store lol
I do the same. I have a MyUS shipping address and shipping costs are pretty good. Russia is also expensive for gear but I must admit Oz and NZ are the worst I have seen for expensive gear. Backcountry just had some big end of season sales. Picked up DC jacket for $80 AUD and pants for $40 and a new Jones Hovercraft split for $489. I have found them cheaper than Tactic and Evo.
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Thanks for the webcam links also guys. Looks like a good start for the season. Let's hope it continues. We are less than a week off summer here (Central Russia) and have had 5cm snow this week and even parts of Europe had snow so I hope this helps the Southern Hemi get more snow
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Agree with you on this. Had one place sell me some 32's which I thought were fine (first time buying boots, lesson learnt). Turned out they were just way to big for my feet WRT width. Went in a year or two later and after I mentioned that I'd bought shoes that were bad for my feet, the salesman went off and next thing I know the manager came down almost demanding (and aggressively) asking why I said the boots weren't suited for me. He then went on to try and tell my mate the same model of boots that I'd bought that were way too wide for my feet let alone his which are thinner were the perfect boot to buy for him /facepalm
When ever I go into stores these days I am just looking at gear and never intend to buy, but I always let them come up to me and have a chat to see if they'll try to sell me something or get me interested in it.
There's usually one guy in a shop that knows his shit, and if you stumble on him it's actually kinda cool to hear this thoughts on the gear as he'll join in with criticizing it or discussing the new tech that he will admit to not having tested yet, but most are not experienced riders and the only thing they know is the sales pitch they got themselves.

Also, I bought a pair of 2013 Cartels in the States for roughly $150nz. Go look at Torpedo7's price for the 2012 Cartels - they have only just gone from $500 to $370. The 2013 EST are still $450. The 2013's have come down to $400 but they were also $500 at the same time as the 2012's.
It's just bullshit. No one can justify a markup of over 300% on each individual sale. It's not the shops doing it all, it's the goddamn local distributors and suppliers as well.
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