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Before you decide to buy a snowboard, consider the time of year. According to BestSkiSales.com, there are two times during the year when you'll find the best snowboard deals.
Start your search for snowboard deals online. Retailer TruSnow offers an exceptional sales section where all discount snowboards cost less than $250 and the selection includes men's, women's, and kids boards. Snowboard deals at WiredSport range from low-cost boards ($189) to pricy options ($900). The site promises no sales tax and no shipping fees on any order -- that alone will save you quite a bit. Consumers reviewing the site on ResellerRatings give WiredSport near-perfect reviews, citing low prices, quality products, fast shipping, and excellent customer service. Boards For Less is a unique site that features a clearance section with closeout models and blemished boards for nearly 75% off. We saw snowboard deals including an adult board priced at just $99, marked down from $400. The sale section at Aspen Ski and Board Co. may also be worth a look. It features nearly half off previous years' models from very popular brands, including K2 and Ride.
Popular snowboard vendors often have outlets associated with their sites. Check out the Tightboards.com outlet to find snowboards deals for 40% off. Board shop The House has an outlet that features a wide selection of snowboards and discounts that approach 80% off. At the Evo outlet you can find snowboard deals ranging from 35% to 80% off. ProBoardShop is another good resource that features past-season models for 30% to 40% off and free shipping when you spend $50 or more.
At general sporting-goods stores Dick's Sporting Goods and Sports Authority, you can narrow your search for snowboard deals by brand, price, gender, board size, and experience level. Dick's Sporting Goods has models starting as low as $169.95 and offers free shipping on orders above $50. Sports Authority prices start lower than even Dick's, at $134.99, and the site offers $2.99 shipping on many items. Outdoor store REI can also be a good place to look for snowboard deals. While some prices are a bit high, the sale and clearance section is worth checking out and special offers include free shipping.
Always compare snowboard deals and look for coupons before you cash in. DealCatcher is one site that will help you do that all in one place. When we searched the site using the word "snowboards," it turned up one coupon for free shipping and numerous snowboard deals to compare among retailers. Consumers reviewing the site on Epinions praise DealCatcher for being an easy-to-use source for accurate coupons and deals.
Think Twice Cheap Snowboards
LTD snowboards generally pop up in big-box stores and overstock shops; dedicated boarders tend to stay away. There's no arguing with the price -- just don't expect these boards to last as long as budget models from other brands.
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