if you look at gear from 2012 and 2011 you should find good prices too if you prefer to buy new
if you had a board designed with a continuous rocker and another with 3 stage the continuous rocker will land softer. there is no argument there
Opinions differ on other features on what lands soft and what doesn't
flex, bottom features like belly/ center spines will also influence how a board lands, but there is no universal agreement
personally i believe flex makes a big difference as well as spines and bottom features, i just have yet to try both in a single package.
LF super trip, Humanoid oracle, obrien format : are the only boards i can think of that combine 1.continuous rocker, 2.flex, and 3.belly features in some form or fashion if you like the sound of those things