Emilio’s Ski Shop
Knowledgeable skiers find the best prices on the Internet, but this is the lowest bricks-and-mortar price in New York. Emilio’s offers basic brands like Volkl, Nordica, and Atomic, and its prices and packages can’t be beat: women’s K2 T:Nine One Luvs are $649 including bindings, and men’s Salomon Scrambler 6’s go for $399, $100 less than at the nearest competitor. Wait till the end of the season for 30 percent markdowns. For online deals, try geardirect.com.
112-32 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills; 718-544-0404
Modell’s serves up prices that will satisfy even the snootiest Wimbledon fanatic. Racquets start at $19.99 for the Wilson Sampras Impact Stretch ($5 less than at Sports Authority) and go up to $279.99 for the Wilson N1 Force Performance frame ($20 cheaper than suggested retail). And the online “outlet store,” modells.com, is even better: up to 75 percent off selected Prince and Head racquets as well as tennis accessories and apparel.
1293 Broadway, nr. 34th St.; 212-244-4544
Bikes by George
This East Village fixture offers the cheapest selection of used bikes in New York—just $65 for a fully reconditioned model, compared with upwards of $100 everywhere else. The deal extends beyond the initial purchase: There’s a three-month warranty on all reconditioned parts, too.
413 E. 12th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-533-0203
It’s not just for highlighters and bulk legal pads. You can’t beat Staples’ deal on $5.98 for a case of 24 half-liter bottles of Poland Spring, unless you have a taste for Kmart’s in-house discount brand, American Fare, which goes for $4.89—not much more than a single bottle of Voss. Occasionally, Staples offers a truly unbeatable special: two cases of Poland Spring for $9.
5-9 Union Square W., nr. 14th St.; 212-929-6323
Astor Place Wines & Spirits
Garnet Wines and Spirits and Warehouse Wine & Spirits have a following for bargain prices, but there are a lot of weeds among the flowers. Astor Place Wines & Spirits offers a different, more reliable deal: unadvertised in-store monthly specials. Some serious stuff is almost always offered, usually the staff’s favorite sleepers, up to a whopping 30 percent off retail. Recent scores included a Château D’oupia at $6.99 and Cousin-Leduc Le Breton for $11.99. Sign up for e-mail notifications, and look out for “Discount Tuesday”—15 percent off a region or grape of the store’s choice.
12 Astor Pl., at Lafayette St.; 212-674-7500
Four value wines
Everyone has their own preferred go-to bodega for cheap smokes. But if you happen to run dry in unfamiliar territory, take sanctuary at the nearest CVS, which has the lowest franchise prices and even manages to beat out many newsstands at $6.04 before taxes for regular Marlboros.
743 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 96th St., and other locations; 212-280-0582