Lab, I've found years ago (maybe still the same now?) I couldn't buy anything in Burton from the USA unless I shipped it to a forwarder via me having a postal address in the USA. Other brands, no prob's, however I've never had any problems with anything purchased out of Europe though. I've found Aussie prices have dropped considerably over the years even though our $AU has crashed to the $US. You can get some super deals down here now that are often close too or better than the USA. I can't explain this as it works against logic. I've discovered that a few Au snowboarding retail outlets have Ebay sites and Ebay will chuck up to extra 20% off all their store site items regularly with different promo's. You get a bill from the shop in the delivery saying the price without the discount but only pay the reduced price through Ebay. Not sure who's spotting the difference here but it's a big win for the buyer. I've grabbed a few snowboards/outerwear at over 50% off delivered like this.Ahh yes, you'll have to forgive me as an American i sometimes forget large chunks of the world aren't completely soul-less . I hadn't been aware the entirety of the EU had agreed on MAP. But that is where the shipping and shopping in other countries I mentioned comes in to play. There are exclusivity agreements and other rules they use as analternative.
Nope. unless pre-arranged in contracts, which can happen. But even those are rare. US price reduction on inline in-season product is largely unchangeable (without breaching contracts which some people do do).
Not really. They have some offbrands/carryover models on discount and that's it for inline. I think their marketing may have gotten you. They do have a couple models of boards that are actually EVO owned models but made under other brands. But since they own the model they own the pricing (IE Salmon Sight X, Arbor Element LTD, etc) But by no mean do they have over 100 name brand inline discounted models.
Snowboarding/skiing is such an expensive sport without having to pay full RRP for your entire gear/outerwear setup (especially fitting up a family). If you are in the know you can clearly soften the blow here greatly.