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  • JoannaHCR
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    I've found good deals on eBay from stores around the new year when they are putting demo saddles and other things on clearance.

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  • belgianWBLuver
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    Also if you shop on Amazon and from a vendor whose products are fullfilled and shipped by Amazon, you get free shipping over $35 bucks.

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  • Lucassb
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    Originally posted by mvp View Post
    Lucassb, are those first ones cordovan?

    Now that-- and also a newmarket blond that will take oil-- those are the browns worth having.
    Yes, the first ones are cordovan

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  • BatCoach
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    OH! I forgot to add that www.zulliy.com has good deals on apparel from time to time. Kerrits, Joules, TuffRider, Ariat, Dublin - even Asmar Equestrian.

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  • BatCoach
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    When you search, be sure to check the 'used' box. Don't buy from ebay stores - the best deals will come from an individual person who just wanted to sell their bridle, boots, breeches (etc) that they don't fit into anymore. I scored Sergio Grasso drees boots for $250. They were worn ONCE by the seller's daughter before she decided she didn't want them! Just be sure to thoroughly look at all the photos, and contact the seller if you want more measurements so YOU don't get stuck with an ill-fitting piece of equipment.

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  • MysticOakRanch
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    Originally posted by KLCarp View Post
    Teach me your eBay ways, wise ones! Whenever I look, they all seem to be the same price as buying from Dressageextensions or elsewhere. Or the used ones are WAY beat up for not enough mark up.

    Are there settings, or search terms I should be using?
    It is like shopping at Marshalls - you have to wade through a lot of stuff to find that bargain! The biggest tip - avoid the eBay shops, the vendors who always have hundreds of things listed, and look for the individuals or the brick and mortar shop who is clearing out stuff they didn't sell at their regular store.

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  • JoannaHCR
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    My best steals so far are from eBay! My dressage saddle, brand new, with tags Barnsby N-Gage pro, for under $600--best part is that all 3 horses love it! I'm really interested in this shopping abroad method of snagging deals. Horses and I for sure need additional bling.

    Also, our local tack shop has a tent sale 2x/year, last time I got a new half pad, bridle, 2 pairs of $150+ breeches all for under $300. I'm already saving and scheming to get there on the first day and have more $$ to spend next time!!

    I graduated college a few years ago, have significant student loan payments, DH and I also just bought a little place with 17 acres, that had no fencing or even water to the barn, so my tack spending has pretty much been on hold since before college... I take good care of my stuff, but also ride several greenies, so have needed replacements from time to time.

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  • mvp
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    Lucassb, are those first ones cordovan?

    Now that-- and also a newmarket blond that will take oil-- those are the browns worth having.

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  • Lucassb
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    Originally posted by gymangel812 View Post
    how much are the deniros from there?

    i too avoid retail (US). i stalk ebay. my most recent find was a brand new mattes girth (~$300 new) for 80$. animo/pikeur/etc breeches on ebay. i buy from euro sites too.

    Originally posted by KLCarp View Post
    Swoon!! Those are gorg! Do you mind giving me a price estimate? PM works too. Ive been lusting after some brown boots.
    Thanks! They are all different prices, depending on whether you buy from her existing stock (as I did for the first pair of boots above) or get something custom (like the clinic boots.) In every case, though, they were WAY less than getting comparable boots elsewhere! In fact, both the boots above were quite a bit less than half what I paid for my Tucci's.

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  • KLCarp
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    Teach me your eBay ways, wise ones! Whenever I look, they all seem to be the same price as buying from Dressageextensions or elsewhere. Or the used ones are WAY beat up for not enough mark up.

    Are there settings, or search terms I should be using?

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  • KLCarp
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    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
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    The clinic boots look reddish in that photo but it's just the flash on the camera, I think. Here is another shot that shows the color a bit better:
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    Swoon!! Those are gorg! Do you mind giving me a price estimate? PM works too. Ive been lusting after some brown boots.

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  • Dramapony_misty
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    Ebay, FB tacksale groups, etc. I try to buy the best I can for the best price I can and then make it last as LONG as I can.

    I bought a Neidersuss off of Ebay, used it a year and realized it was 1/2 seat size too big for me and the panels were just a hair too long for my boy's back. I sold it on a FB tack group within a month or so for a bit more than I paid for it! (my cost was the saddle + shipping from ebay.....the person bought it for that total PLUS shipping).

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  • Mirakel
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    Originally posted by Denzel View Post
    I have paid with Calevo every time. But, I am in Canada so they ship with DHL. This past order was huge (20+kg box) so they handed it over to Canada Post as soon as it hit Canada, but I still got customs. Only about $100CDN on a ~$2000CDN order.
    I sell on eBay and the costs Canadians pay is really high! I wonder if that is why you pay with Calevo? They use DHL to ship to the US, too.

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  • gymangel812
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    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
    I am a shopping addict when it comes to horse stuff and I have expensive tastes, sigh. The only way I can "justify" those purchases is if I get a great deal

    For custom boots I really like the DeNiros I get through Cavallo Couture. Tiffany is great to work with and can help you design exactly what you want. So far, I've gotten chocolate brown clinic boots, a pair of black dress boots with cognac croc tops, and a pair of navy brushed dress boots and all of them are to die for. And I reallyreallyreally want a pair of grey suede over the knee boots too, but those aren't for riding of course.

    For breeches, I am really fond of the HKM Cavallino Marino for bling, and I stalk Ebay for Pikeurs. I also got a super pretty Asmar shadbelly in a technical fabric with 4 interchangeable points for $300, but sadly it's too big for me now <sob.>

    I've also found some really awesome deals at our local consignment place, called the Snooty Fox. Did I mention I love to shop??
    how much are the deniros from there?

    i too avoid retail (US). i stalk ebay. my most recent find was a brand new mattes girth (~$300 new) for 80$. animo/pikeur/etc breeches on ebay. i buy from euro sites too.

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  • BatCoach
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    Ebay ebay ebay. I have found so many good deals just by being patient and snagging great deals even if you don't need the product. Like when I found a rad deal on Back on Track Boots - I purchased them for back-ups to my horse's current pair rather than paying full price for when I actually need a replacement. I also am really good about selling stuff I don't use or doesn't fit anymore.

    Buying stuff off-season and taking advantage of free shipping from Smartpak helps too. For instance, I save $6 by buying my fly spray from Smartpak (and waiting the 7 days it takes) rather than waiting until I run out and picking it up at our local feed place.

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  • Denzel
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    Originally posted by Mirakel View Post
    Me neither and I've ordered from Calevo quite a bit.
    I have paid with Calevo every time. But, I am in Canada so they ship with DHL. This past order was huge (20+kg box) so they handed it over to Canada Post as soon as it hit Canada, but I still got customs. Only about $100CDN on a ~$2000CDN order.

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  • belgianWBLuver
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    English Tack Trader on FB - is my best friend!!

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  • see u at x
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    I was just in the Divoza tack store on Friday and bought a nice jacket (not riding jacket, just a good jacket to wear in the rain for Aachen) for 1/2 off, a pair of ORANGE Roeckl gloves, and an blingy orange saddle pad (also on sale). All for about 105 euros. I was THRILLED!

    https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...57&oe=56732183

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    The clinic boots look reddish in that photo but it's just the flash on the camera, I think. Here is another shot that shows the color a bit better:
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  • Lucassb
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    Originally posted by GraceLikeRain View Post
    It's not even remotely fair to not provide pictures. I am hardcore craving chocolate boots right now. Are the brushed boots more of a matte finish?

    I also love Snooty Fox. Most of my breeches come from there and I've picked up a few beautiful wool coolers as well.
    OK, fair enough. I will try to remember to grab some pics when I go to the barn tonight.

    The brushed boots aren't matte... they are a bit shiny. Not patent-shiny, but a bit glossier than the usual polished calf.

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