For hockey sticks, I buy $200 sticks that have been marked down to about $80. You have to buy either last year’s model, or earlier, to get this kind of discount. As an intermediate player, I don’t have a problem with not having the latest and greatest. My reasoning is that by buying a stick that was once $200 years ago, you are still getting a great stick. Also, $80 isn’t that much more expensive than the cheapest sticks.
I’ve found that HockeyMonkey usually has consistent deals like this. If you have any ideas on where to get good deals on sticks, I would really like to hear about them.