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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: The "Back in the Day" thread
    Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:36am
Back in the day, I got new cartels from Sierra for under $120.
Shop smart... Shop S-Mart.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:39am
And they sent you 2 free Bud Light bottle caps, too?  I miss those fan-f'ing-tastic days!
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  Quote CoMtnRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:44am

It's still hard for me to see 30% off as a good deal nearly 3 years after those sales stopped. 

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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:50am
Originally posted by ctoma

And they sent you 2 free Bud Light bottle caps, too?  I miss those fan-f'ing-tastic days!
Didn't want the likes of you people knowing where I live or my cell Wink
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  Quote rzero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:55am
back in the day I was the 127th member on SS....oh wait, I still am.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:58am

back in the day, i could walk into SS..and get my board waxed for free.

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Back in the day Sierra had some killer sales.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 10:20am
Originally posted by julius77

Originally posted by ctoma

And they sent you 2 free Bud Light bottle caps, too?  I miss those fan-f'ing-tastic days!
Didn't want the likes of you people knowing where I live or my cell Wink

I already have that info, Julius.  Sending some Jehovah's to your place next week.

Back in the day when Sierra was giving away non-Sierra boards I wasn't even snowboarding yet.
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 10:38am
A year ago I saw the Special Blend Battery pants in Kelly Green that originally brought me to SS.... But they were nearly $40 MORE than I bought them for... back in the day.
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V Spot for $89... 
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Pretty much my fav purchase of all time, and it wasn't even for me

 

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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 11:13am
sooo.. back in the day = a couple years ago?

back in the day, the novelty of getting a fresh new snowboard still existed, and you only got one every few years, and all you could choose from was camber, camber, and more camber, not to mention you had to go to your local boardshop.  back in the day, the industry was much smaller and still hearty and solid.  back in the day, not everyone and their mom, sister, and dog snowboarded. they were simpler times and i miss them.
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k2 juju was the 1 board quiver back in the day
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back in the day (91,92ish) when i was a 10 yr old 5'4 105lb kid, i would rent setups near the hill and the rental guy would ask "small med or large?"
i'd say "small"... a few minutes later he comes back and says "we're out of smalls and mediums here's a large setup"  so i'd hit the hill on a 162, swimming in my boots, yard sale every 5 minutes and have every skiier spray me in the face as they passed by... i agree with you spenser, i DO miss those days lol
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  Quote snowj720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 2:30pm
Originally posted by CoMtnRider

It's still hard for me to see 30% off as a good deal nearly 3 years after those sales stopped. 

 
Amen.  I was just getting my buddies to understand the deals they offered here.....then the change over.  I miss $7 for my dryride bottoms, $40 for some Recon boots or Ride bindings, $20 for some nice burton gloves.
 
Another thing I miss from back in the day is real winter.  In the midwest we used to get dumped on every winter.....now it's more like a really long fall/spring mash that barely is winter.
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  Quote MathiasM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 3:59pm
Oh god, this thread is just depressing to reflect about. Those days of sierra snowboards is dead! Such good deals!!
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  Quote chasiuiro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 4:30pm
Back in the day, I could get a whole snowboard set [board, boots, bindings] for only about three hundred bucks. That's a far cry from today!

Everything is so expensive nowadays
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  Quote MathiasM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 4:32pm
Seriously, I got my first setup (board, binding, boots) for like 250 on sierra.
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My first snowboard setup was also here at sierra haha. burton dominant, forum constant boots, union contacts haha. all for only around 370. 

I wish I was older then and had a job so I could have bought a lot more gear cheap.
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notice the 119 bucks they gave me back when they dropped the price...paid 160 bucks for new malolo :)

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Back in the day, I didn't even know what snowboarding was until I turned 8 years old in 2003. :)
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sigh... god... plz let ts go crazy and piss off the admin then bring those good old crazy low price days
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 6:02pm
I've been biting my tongue trying not to reply to this about how none of you understand the real situation with discounts and what was going on with Sierra, let alone knowing how a business really runs, especially a snowboard shop.  But it's not really worth my time.. this is all I could muster out.
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  Quote gunda pickle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 6:38pm
Those deals were "Crazy Eddie Insane".
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  Quote mluu003 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 7:47pm
Back in the day I got free shipping on ANYTHING...even if it was only a beanie.
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  Quote mrrorydigital Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2012 at 9:06pm
I miss people getting butt hurt when they couldn't get stuff for 70% off. Oh yeah, I also miss the whining about having to pay shipping on a free t-shirt. The injustice of it makes me weep. Oh the good ol' days! Long live the what's your favorite beer thread! Guinness playboy,
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  Quote CoMtnRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 5:23am
Originally posted by spenser

I've been biting my tongue trying not to reply to this about how none of you understand the real situation with discounts and what was going on with Sierra, let alone knowing how a business really runs, especially a snowboard shop.  But it's not really worth my time.. this is all I could muster out.
 

That's a pretty broad, and completely inaccurate statement.  I fully understand those great discounts were the reason for Sierra's downfall, and even in the height of those discounts questioned how long a company could sustain with such a business model.

 

Having good memories of getting great deals in no way makes people unintelligent to the ways of the business world, and it's pretty presumptuous on your part to imply as much.

 

This thread is nothing more than (most) people reminiscing about the good deals they may have gotten, not a rally cry for days gone by.  Get off your high horse.

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  Quote letourneau41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 5:34am
Originally posted by spenser

I've been biting my tongue trying not to reply to this about how none of you understand the real situation with discounts and what was going on with Sierra, let alone knowing how a business really runs, especially a snowboard shop.  But it's not really worth my time.. this is all I could muster out.

I agree. Just because we miss the days of the 70% off deals doesn't mean that we don't understand that Sierra was breaking their dealer agreement with companies by discounting their products more than what is allowed. We just miss getting crazy good deals, because we got those crazy sales is why we have TruSnow and not Sierra.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 5:52am
Back to the topic... back in the day they had that guy that looks like Kal Penn (Kumar from the Harold and Kumar movies) modeling the mens' apparel.
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  Quote CoMtnRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 5:59am
Originally posted by ctoma

Back to the topic... back in the day they had that guy that looks like Kal Penn (Kumar from the Harold and Kumar movies) modeling the mens' apparel.
 
 
Remember the hot model girl vote?  Was there ever even a winner for that?
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  Quote letourneau41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 6:03am
Speaking of Models. Have you seen the one on the home page with her mouth open. What does it look like she's getting ready to do with her mouth like that? Sorry that's perverted but that's what it reminds me of every day when I log in.
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  Quote CoMtnRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 6:05am
Originally posted by letourneau41

Speaking of Models. Have you seen the one on the home page with her mouth open. What does it look like she's getting ready to do with her mouth like that? Sorry that's perverted but that's what it reminds me of every day when I log in.
 
Isn't that Ellen, the girl that used to do the giveaways?
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Breaking contracts was bad for the industry as a whole, but good for a select few consumers.  I think it's almost too easy to find the truely great deals with the Lord Google now (not to mention forums that spill the beans on hot deals).
 
I remember reading somewhere a rant from a shop owner that absolutely railed against SS; but in my mind I just kept thinking "dude, I will go to somewhere else on the interwebs to save a single freekin' picture of George Washington."  So if price is the same, you have to sweeten the deal somehow. 
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I picked up some Burton stuff a couple weeks ago for 75% off.  In addition to that I see stuff for more than 40% off all the time, so obviously SS wasn't the only ones breaking agreements.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2012 at 7:10am
Originally posted by CoMtnRider

Originally posted by letourneau41

Speaking of Models. Have you seen the one on the home page with her mouth open. What does it look like she's getting ready to do with her mouth like that? Sorry that's perverted but that's what it reminds me of every day when I log in.
 
Isn't that Ellen, the girl that used to do the giveaways?
 
yup, that's ellen.
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i thought this was going to be an 80s or 70s thread... it's just SS deals.

I'm just sad I only got the tail end of it.  Picked up 2 stunts for $99 each.  that was a good deal.  Spent over $5000 in the span of 8 months.
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$5000 ? on what?
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back in the day i was able to get a jacket for around $100 now a good one is at least $200
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Originally posted by CoMtnRider

Originally posted by spenser

I've been biting my tongue trying not to reply to this about how none of you understand the real situation with discounts and what was going on with Sierra, let alone knowing how a business really runs, especially a snowboard shop.  But it's not really worth my time.. this is all I could muster out.
 

That's a pretty broad, and completely inaccurate statement.  I fully understand those great discounts were the reason for Sierra's downfall, and even in the height of those discounts questioned how long a company could sustain with such a business model.

 

Having good memories of getting great deals in no way makes people unintelligent to the ways of the business world, and it's pretty presumptuous on your part to imply as much.

 

This thread is nothing more than (most) people reminiscing about the good deals they may have gotten, not a rally cry for days gone by.  Get off your high horse.

Perhaps I should have phrased it differently and not pointed the finger at every one, but rather the specific people who "inspired" my post.  My bad.  I am not on a high horse, but otherwise I say fair enough to your reply.

Anyway, I guess I just think most people are completely out of touch on how this all really works.  Maybe in a less-harsh way than I implied, but still.  A lot of these people are simply complaining about discounts being gone and begging for them back, without understanding what it did and what it does to the industry.
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omg this page is gold...the memories...the sales are all coming back to meeeeeeeeee.

Originally posted by 360faceplant

I picked up some Burton stuff a couple weeks ago for 75% off.  In addition to that I see stuff for more than 40% off all the time, so obviously SS wasn't the only ones breaking agreements.

the agreement is usually along the lines of time frames, aren't they?/it wouldnt matter if it's "past season" stuff orrrr......am i not correct in this assessment? i've read up a little on it on another snowboarding forum that seems to absolutely hate "sierrasnowboard's" business practices

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the rules vary.  after a certain amount of time, you can discount at higher rates, but during the current season with current year's gear, that's when the vendor agreements are really in effect.  most companies give a discount breakdown as to when you can discount up to a certain percentage. sierra directly and intentionally violated those rules, undercutting all the other shops in the country and it actually affected the entire industry, believe it or not.  companies have since tightened up the rules, and many of them pulled out from selling to sierra.  it was NOT the first time they directly broke the rules either.
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  Quote twolf123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/06/2012 at 12:03am
Originally posted by spenser

the rules vary.  after a certain amount of time, you can discount at higher rates, but during the current season with current year's gear, that's when the vendor agreements are really in effect.  most companies give a discount breakdown as to when you can discount up to a certain percentage. sierra directly and intentionally violated those rules, undercutting all the other shops in the country and it actually affected the entire industry, believe it or not.  companies have since tightened up the rules, and many of them pulled out from selling to sierra.  it was NOT the first time they directly broke the rules either.

i read up on how companies, especially burton, more or less "LET" sierra get away with "breaking agreements" for a few years and that up until some 2-3 years ago, that was when all the companies just came down on them...

on that note, whatever happened to mike anyway?...orrrrrr is that not his name?
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/06/2012 at 12:31am
it tends to work that way.  sierra was not the only party involved that could have improved upon their actions... but they were absolutely the main one.

a lot of the time it takes someone/a company/whoever a while to act upon what you'd assume to be their normal actions.  sierra started "acting up," but they were still placing huge orders which burton can't complain about.  over time, the situation got to a point where a decision had to be made, and i'm sure burton had been discussing it for some time before the hammer came down.  a few other companies were in the same boat and pulled out from sierra along with the B.  ultimately the decision was made because while sierra placed huge orders, the way they sold said orders was affecting the ability of every other shop to make sales, and overall, burton ended up losing on the deal, hence stopping it from happening any further.

that being said, while i am an "industry insider" as they say, and have direct experience with it, i am not a true insider for this specific situation, so don't take every little thing i say as factual.
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  Quote snowj720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/06/2012 at 5:33am
Originally posted by ctoma

Back to the topic... back in the day they had that guy that looks like Kal Penn (Kumar from the Harold and Kumar movies) modeling the mens' apparel.
It wasn't Kal?  I thought he took any work that came his way.
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^^^ thanks Slider.
Originally posted by spenser

it tends to work that way.  sierra was not the only party involved that could have improved upon their actions... but they were absolutely the main one.

a lot of the time it takes someone/a company/whoever a while to act upon what you'd assume to be their normal actions.  sierra started "acting up," but they were still placing huge orders which burton can't complain about.  over time, the situation got to a point where a decision had to be made, and i'm sure burton had been discussing it for some time before the hammer came down.  a few other companies were in the same boat and pulled out from sierra along with the B.  ultimately the decision was made because while sierra placed huge orders, the way they sold said orders was affecting the ability of every other shop to make sales, and overall, burton ended up losing on the deal, hence stopping it from happening any further.

that being said, while i am an "industry insider" as they say, and have direct experience with it, i am not a true insider for this specific situation, so don't take every little thing i say as factual.
 
Reading between the lines and after the fact, it sure seemed like it was when Sierra failed to actually PAY for the huge orders they had placed that the corporations actually got "upset" with Sierra (i.e., proceeded with the breach of contract suit that lead to the bankruptcy and sent everything sliding toward the-house, which I'm sure is a shining beacon of sales and marketing ethics for all of the industry to celebrate), not when they were moving record weight beforehand. 
 
But whatever, I'm just an individual who likes to shop for discount snowboard gear (which honestly I don't think is that evil) because that's what I've been programmed to do by the man, industry politics is not my thing.  I guess I'll just take it to heart that an international congolmerate corporation like burton has the world's best interests at heart when it requires regular riders without connections to wait for sales and then dictates the max discount we're allowed to receive. 
 
Maybe they are motivated by some sort of true love for local shops, I have no idea.  Or maybe that's just my 47% victim mentality, but it's not their job to worry about that.  Ouch  Either way I would like it to snow so I can get out and ride. 
 
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I just remembered this one: Back in the day; Sierra shipped all orders free, no matter how big/small. It made impulse shopping easier and my bank account smaller.
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Originally posted by julius77

I just remembered this one: Back in the day; Sierra shipped all orders free, no matter how big/small. It made impulse shopping easier and my bank account smaller.


Really?! That's crazy! You could just buy whatever you want and don't have to worry about paying so much for shipping. :)

Back in the day, I heard that TruSnow used to give out Burton snowboards for giveaways.
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Originally posted by | | | bryman | | |

^^^ thanks Slider.
Originally posted by spenser

it tends to work that way.  sierra was not the only party involved that could have improved upon their actions... but they were absolutely the main one.

a lot of the time it takes someone/a company/whoever a while to act upon what you'd assume to be their normal actions.  sierra started "acting up," but they were still placing huge orders which burton can't complain about.  over time, the situation got to a point where a decision had to be made, and i'm sure burton had been discussing it for some time before the hammer came down.  a few other companies were in the same boat and pulled out from sierra along with the B.  ultimately the decision was made because while sierra placed huge orders, the way they sold said orders was affecting the ability of every other shop to make sales, and overall, burton ended up losing on the deal, hence stopping it from happening any further.

that being said, while i am an "industry insider" as they say, and have direct experience with it, i am not a true insider for this specific situation, so don't take every little thing i say as factual.
 
Reading between the lines and after the fact, it sure seemed like it was when Sierra failed to actually PAY for the huge orders they had placed that the corporations actually got "upset" with Sierra (i.e., proceeded with the breach of contract suit that lead to the bankruptcy and sent everything sliding toward the-house, which I'm sure is a shining beacon of sales and marketing ethics for all of the industry to celebrate), not when they were moving record weight beforehand. 
 
But whatever, I'm just an individual who likes to shop for discount snowboard gear (which honestly I don't think is that evil) because that's what I've been programmed to do by the man, industry politics is not my thing.  I guess I'll just take it to heart that an international congolmerate corporation like burton has the world's best interests at heart when it requires regular riders without connections to wait for sales and then dictates the max discount we're allowed to receive. 
 
Maybe they are motivated by some sort of true love for local shops, I have no idea.  Or maybe that's just my 47% victim mentality, but it's not their job to worry about that.  Ouch  Either way I would like it to snow so I can get out and ride. 
 
-b

i think i just found some pretty good details online...unless you guys would like to add more!


i'd still like to know what happened to mike though or if he still participates around here...entirely out of general curiosity...
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