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11-04-2011 04:43 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by notter123 View Post
I love how the point was brought up that it will raise the market for used boards too, which is true but I find it funny cuz alot of people on here would never recommend buying a used board in the first place!
There are a ton of good used boards and I'd recommend buying (being a cheap sob) if...you can find one available. 4 of 5 that I'm using this year are used higher ends. The problem is now finding good high-end boards that folks are getting rid of and that are still in good shape. 2-3 years ago folks were dumping them for the latest and greatest. There are tons of good condition beginner and intermediate boards that are good deals for newbs and the occasional rider.
11-04-2011 11:59 AM
CheeseForSteeze I know that's true of the Ferrari F50; they built 349.
11-04-2011 11:56 AM
david_z higher end stuff always does seem to be more tightly controlled.

Here is a story that I've heard - no idea if it is true or not - about Ferrari. Supposedly, they take pre-orders and total them all up. Say they have 1,000 people who put a deposit down and want to buy a new Ferrari next year. Then Ferrari only makes 999 new Ferraris and 1 poor bastard gets his deposit back. This way, they ensure that demand is never fully met by the supply they offer, and this keeps the retail & secondary prices high.

Interesting concept. Again, I have no idea if it's true though.
11-04-2011 11:45 AM
bobthegood Agreed. Just basic economics. Make only what you can sell. You can maintain MSRP or close as the norm. Quick turnover means less inventory costs, less space\storage requirements, better cash flow,money management, and no need for fire sales. That said, it's always seemed to me that the higher end stuff has always been limited quantities, order early and full price.
11-04-2011 11:29 AM
david_z pretty well known that many companies scaled back production last season. Like everyone else, they got hit when the bottom dropped out of the economy, too. I think it is a trend that will probably continue as people are still really cautious and not particularly optimistic about the longer term potential for economic growth.
11-04-2011 10:44 AM
notter123 yea its off topic bud, they are talking about how companies are only procuding enough to fill the demand and no more... how does that relate to your inability to find a company that ships boards to europe?

back on topic now....

I think its good that companies are doing this now, the whole supply and demand thing makes a little more sense to me then just producing x amount of boards and only being able to sell 3/4 of them and then scrambling giving huge deals to get rid of overstock.

I love how the point was brought up that it will raise the market for used boards too, which is true but I find it funny cuz alot of people on here would never recommend buying a used board in the first place!
11-04-2011 10:28 AM
tribalsounds Originally Posted by dreampow
"I don't know about the states but here in Japan the number of boards sold has dropped steadily over the last few years.
Less and less people getting into the sport because it does take up quite a bit of cash.

Seems natural they would hold back on production a bit.

For me that means more untracked snow and no lines at the lifts(specially week days). "


I don't see how im so off topic here......you guys were talking about production of boards steadily decreasing so I stated the problem of finding NS in Europe.
11-04-2011 10:21 AM
zk0ot
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Originally Posted by tribalsounds View Post
Hey guys,

I'm having a hard time finding online NS retailers in Europe that have a wide variety in stock and send all over europe. Could you recommend anybody? Companies like "Blue Tomato" don't stock Never Summer boards.
You're out of place in this thread. try the neversummer site.
11-04-2011 08:21 AM
tribalsounds
European Retailers?

Hey guys,

I'm having a hard time finding online NS retailers in Europe that have a wide variety in stock and send all over europe. Could you recommend anybody? Companies like "Blue Tomato" don't stock Never Summer boards.
11-04-2011 04:04 AM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by dreampow View Post
I don't know about the states but here in Japan the number of boards sold has dropped steadily over the last few years.
Less and less people getting into the sport because it does take up quite a bit of cash.

Seems natural they would hold back on production a bit.

For me that means more untracked snow and no lines at the lifts(specially week days).
Also the "cool kids" are going into skiing; the rockered twin fatties are huge. Its the geezers that are doing boarding. On the middle/high school ski bus program, a few years ago more boarders than skiers, last year way more skiers than boarders and would expect it to continue.
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