One of the mistakes that parents make when their child decides to try a new sport is purchasing the most expensive equipment they can find, whether it’s a tennis racquet, baseball bat, skates, or basketball backboard. The same is often true of adults that take up a new sport.
Quality equipment is available that won’t break the bank if people know where to look. It’s especially important for adults or children just learning a new sport, since they may find that they don’t like it. Equipment, travel, league fees and other costs can quickly escalate.
Safety should be the primary concern for anyone seeking sports equipment. A proper fit is essential and equipment should conform to all current safety standards. There shouldn’t be any cracks, missing or rusted parts, or obvious signs of wear and tear.
The advantage is that they purchase specifically with the resale market it mind and take care to ensure that items are in good condition. They typically have equipment at substantial discounts for a wide variety of sports.
End of Season Sales
Sports equipment can be purchased up to 75 percent off when retailers are rotating their stock for the next upcoming season.
There are stores that rent equipment at a fraction of the price of the outlay for new. Some sports leagues also rent equipment. It’s a cost effective option to accommodate the way children grow or if they decide a few months later that they no longer want to play.
Half Back and Swap Programs
Some stores offer consumers 50 percent back on equipment at the end of the season, while others operate swap programs.
Look for community-based programs that provide equipment at little or no cost that enables children to participate in sports.
It’s first-come-first-serve when exploring thrift stores, but deals are available.
The events can be an excellent source of sports equipment at very low prices from parents that just want the equipment out of the house.
Do the Research
Second hand sales from any outlet will cut the cost of playing sports, while providing first-rate equipment. Buy-back and similar programs are offered, but the demand is great so they’re typically not publicized, so it pays to do some research ahead of time.