Used Gear Selling Strategies

| August 21, 2008 | 0 Comments
Ski mountaineering gear loses a small amount of its value as soon as you peel off the packaging, quite a bit of its value once it has been used for a season or less, and almost all of its value after a few years of use, regardless of its condition.  At times, after 3-5 years, even if the equipment is still in its original packaging, it will be worth less than it costs to ship it as the market changes so fast.
So long and thanks for the memories.  Even if it is still in good shape, old used gear has almost zero value to it.
So long and thanks for the memories. Even if it is still in good shape, old used gear has almost zero value to it.

My personal gear strategy is to make careful selections to begin with, then if for some reason I still don’t like it, I sell it right away to cut my loses.  With ski swaps coming up, Fall is a good time to start thinking about thinning out your quiver.  However, if you live in a ski town, the market for used ski mountaineering gear can be flooded to the point where you won’t get much for your used equipment and going through eBay might be a better choice.

Ski swaps are a buyer's market, but not always so great for selling.
Ski swaps are a buyer’s market, but not always so great for selling.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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