The economy plus the plethora of plastic
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-05-12 5:40 PM (EST)
It's no surprise in this economy if sales of high-end composite kayaks are down both in the new and used sale markets. New buyers aren't buying them as frequently and aren't "recycling" them as often into the used market.
Separately, my observation of the inland waters I frequent is that plastic rec kayaks and SOT's have not only wiped out open canoes but are also eating the lunch of expensive touring kayaks. The reasons are simple: efficacy and cost.
95% of paddlers can do what they want to do in a low cost rec kayak. Maybe they can't circumnavigate Australia in one, but that's not what they do. They do day trips. I suspect Freya could even go around your local continent in the right rec kayak if she really wanted to, albeit more slowly than in her Epic.
To Yanoer, you as seller don't set the value. The buyer will -- unless you just refuse to sell.