Originally Posted by snowboardguy123
Looks like I'm too late to help you out since the bidding appears to be closed but I felt I needed to say my piece about E-Bay. E-Bay is both a blessing and a curse to the industry. It provides a great opportunity to buy/sell goods...especially used stuff that has been outgrown or is no longer needed - those items used to just waste space in our closets and now can be turned into cash while helping someone else get something they like inexpensively.
The curse of E-Bay, however, is that it provides a large market for the less honest people in our society. Theft of boards at resorts is at an all-time high because of the easy access to the wide customer base that E-Bay provides. The number one cause of In-Store shrinkage is theft...and 90% of it is sold on E-Bay, often times for WELL under retail value.
This may, on the surface, not seem like such a bad deal - I mean heck, who wouldn't like to get a brand new board or jacket for 1/8th of the cost? That is a very short-sighted point of view because...as they say...There is No Free Lunch. That product has
to be paid for in some way - if not by the consumer immediately then it will trickle down into higher average in-store prices to cover the cost of the goods that were stolen in previous years.
Most snowboard shops are small businesses...by small I mean that one person - a passionate enthusiast...or maybe a couple of buddies start a store because they love what they do and want to share it with other people...with the exception of say Evogear and a few of the other big guys (I'll save that for another rant
nobody in this business is getting rich - they make a living, can send their kids to college but it is not a mega-money maker...it is a living. Anytime someone cuts prices or steals merchandise they 1. devalue the product and 2. cut into the living of a family.
What does it mean to DEvalue a product? Well say you can pay $50 bucks for a brand-new Burton jacket that sells in the store for $300...are you EVER going to be willing to pay $300 again? No - and if you DO you will always think the store is riping you off. To be honest the snowboard industry is one of the last places you actually get true value for your dollar spent. Your average Nike men's shoe runs about $70...but the 'landed cost' is nowhere above $5 for that same shoe - that means that the cost to produce that shoe, the materials, labor and shipping cost for that shoe is about $5. What you are paying for from there is marketing and the support of a huge corporate structure...and of course, theft.
In the snowboard world 'landed-cost' is far closer to the retail cost because the product is expensive to produce...great zippers, lots of pockets, technical fabrics, great advanced technology...but not huge corporate structure...and if we all play by the rules, not the theft.
I don't want to stay up on my soap box for too long but here's the reality of it. If you see an amazing deal on E-bay and it seems too good to be true, it probably is. The Internet Fraud Divisions of various law enforcement agencies are looking VERY hard at E-Bay for this reason. For ALL purchases on E-Bay you should check your sources and make sure the goods are not stolen...a favorable E-Bay rating does not mean the seller is honest. I have seen merchandise from some of the top rated E-Bay sellers that still has the tags from the store they stole it from! Keep in mind that if you are in possession of stolen merchandise, whether you 'paid' for it or not you can be held accountable. Even if you don't get in trouble for purchasing stolen merchandise you, or someone else in the industry will eventually have to pay. Karma is a bitch