I love that after (reluctantly) trading my 13 yo F-150 4x4 for a '14 Focus hatchback, I lucked into finding a complete Yakima roof rack and a Thule kayak cradle at an REI garage sale! Customer returned both because they "didn't like the design?" Perfectly new condition, no defects at all!
So, I got almost $600 worth of roof rack for $192 with tax! ....and
, since I spent $100 or more, I got a $25 gift card, ....and
, a buddy at work who was interested in buying a couple of my Autumn Color photo prints, He had a Thule, off the back 3 bike carrier I can use for my MTB. He's willing to trade it + $40 cash for two of my 11x14 matted prints!
So I not only get over $700 of rack & carry system for under $200, but I get $25 to spend on more snowboard stuff and $40 cash to boot. (That will pay for a full tank of gas in the new ride!)
I was concerned I was going to have to spend a fortune to make up for all the gear hauling capacity I lost! Now, I'm covered!