Seasonality is a smart consumer’s best friend. Retail space is a premium, and merchandisers ensure that every inch of real estate provides the most return. A major factor is what is featured in a store or on a website is the season. This time of year you see a lot of sweaters, jackets, jeans, and boots. For the outfitters, they are showing off cold weather hunting gear and waders. Makes sense, a healthy bottom line keeps these places in business.
However, there is another ‘sale section’ that I love. Ebay is a goldmine if you know what to look for, and more specifically, WHEN to look for it. I’ve had a lot of luck looking for stuff during it’s off season. So this time of year, I’m looking for warmer weather gear. Golf, fishing, hot weather stuff…and there is a lot out there. Being that I’m a good steward to you readers, here are a few examples:
Footjoy Classics: Are you as tired of skateboard golf shoes as I am? In the little golf I’ve watched this year, it seems that the Tour is moving away from the uber-casual look as well. Thank God. This time of year is the best opportunity to get a pair of the undisputed BEST golf shoes of all time: the Footjoy Classics for ~$100. I’ve had plenty of pairs of Classics, and absolutely love them. No other golf shoe comes close.
Scotty Cameron Putters: Sticking with the golf theme, this time of year, there are quite a few options for older Scotty Cameron putters that need a little love. You’ll find plenty in that $75-$125 range, which are perfect to grab, and send off to a custom shop to have your personalization done (see the one I did here). It’s a really cool feeling miss 4-footers with your own, bespoke Scotty Cameron.
Fishing Shirts: While we aren’t spending a lot of time on the water these days, there’s no reason not to stock up on a couple good shirts. I got a few of the Poncho fishing shirts last Spring, and love them, and typically lean on Simms for other button ups. You can find some short sleeve options for well under $25 this time of year. Good for on the water or bumming around.
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts: Stand Ups have made a big of a resurgence in the last couple years, proving once again that time is a flat circle. By no means do I need to sing the Stand Up gospel, but I will p0int out that you can find them $15-20 cheaper than you will when it’s short pants season.
Hard Shell Coolers: This time of year, quite a few folks are dumping their Yeti/Orcas that they got for Christmas. Clearly not the ideal cooler season, consumers can take advantage. Be sure to search for ‘pre-owned’ or ‘new without box’ and you’ll find a steep discount over retail.
What do you search for this time of year?
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