Tips for Buying Used Snowboard or Skiing Equipment Online

Like used cars, there are some people who think you’re crazy to buy used sporting goods—while others think you’re crazy not to. The Barrie and area has lots of skiers and snowboarders, so it’s worth looking at Craigslist and Kijiji just to see what’s up there.

When you’re looking online, remember two important things.

The first is you can find wicked deals here—lots of people who upgraded equipment and are selling last year’s gear. Or people who bought awesome gear and never/ barely got to use it.

The second thing to know is you can also get ripped off. Getting bad goods here isn’t as simple as filling out a return form or talking to a manager. So you need to make sure you’re going to love what you buy.

Here’s how:

1. Pictures Only, Please

Only follow up on ads with pictures. This can help you weed out a lot of sketchy stuff. If you do follow up with someone without a picture in their add, insist that they email you a picture before you go any further.

Cell phones have cameras. Taking a picture of your equipment and uploading it isn’t terribly hard, so be weary of people who don’t take the time to do it.

2. Go to Their House, But Don’t Go Alone:

Meeting at a neutral point to look over the gear and exchange money is often suggested. I wouldn’t bother. I’ve done this with bikes and it’s worked out well, but you feel a bit more obligated to buy and look past the odd scratch or nic.

Try to make arrangements to see it at their place. And obviously bring a friend with you, for safety and second opinion reasons. This adds a bit more accountability to them, if you’re in their home looking at their gear. You know where they live, so if they sell you a piece of crap you can come back.

3. Be Willing to Travel:

If you’re willing to drive a little bit, you can open up a lot more options for gear. If you check Toronto’s Craigslist and Kijiji pages, you’re going to see a tonne of good stuff. Ditto Collingwood, Wassaga, or even Muskoka.

So factor in the cost of traveling there to get the gear, against the money you will save, against how badly you want it.

Can’t wait to hit the slopes next year and want to know about our seasonal packages for snowboarding and skiing? Contact us any time.

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