If you are putting together your own home gym, you may be in the market for a few good pieces of equipment. Buying fitness equipment for home really isn’t that tough.
Even though the hundreds of different types of pieces can make the whole process seem like you’ve been lost in a sort of maze, with a little patience, the process really isn’t that hard. The bargains that you can find make it worth being patient.
Here are 3 good tips that will help you find the best deal on your new fitness equipment.
1. Make sure to look at used equipment.
When you are searching for used equipment Ebay, Craig’s List, any local bulletin boards, even the local newspaper could have great bargains.
Often, people that purchase fitness equipment do not have the drive to continue to use it. Many pieces become a clothes hanger or general catch all in their homes.
Even those that had great intentions and drive when they purchased a specific piece or two many times find that after a few months the equipment simply sits and gathers dust. When they get tired of walking around the piece or running into it, many times, the best solution is to list it for sale.
This equipment, although used, is usually in new or nearly new condition because it was rarely used. They are also normally listed for well below the cost of the equipment if purchased new.
The caution here is to never buy anything over the phone. You want to see the product to know that it is in acceptable condition. The ad may have been posted by a person that randomly buys used equipment specifically to resell.
2. Consider buying commercial equipment.
If you have been a member of the local gym, you may have your heart set on a specific commercial piece. These pieces may be available for purchase directly from the manufacturer.
To get the best price, you will still want to check your used sources. Don’t be surprised if you have to purchase this type of piece at new or closer to new prices.
In addition to the usual “used sources”, for commercial equipment, you may want to watch for closings or scan the bankruptcy listings in your local paper. Unsuccessful businesses may sell their equipment at a bargain while trying to recoup some of their losses. Even though their prices will not be as good as the usual sources, they can still bring a bargain if you want the commercial quality machine.
You could also get lucky and inquire at your local gym. If you catch them when they are ready to upgrade their equipment, you could get lucky enough to get just the pieces that you want. This could get you several pieces from the same place with a bargain price tag.
The caution to consider with this purchase is that the local gym that is doing well will also have well used equipment.
– You will want to be sure that their equipment has had regular maintenance and is currently in good shape.
– Also, you want to hand-pick the piece that you want, not just get one from their inventory.
If used equipment is not your first choice for getting the fitness equipment that you have in mind, financing may be the only option available to you. When deciding to finance a new piece of fitness equipment there are some important factors to keep in mind.
– Unless a direct purchase from the manufacturer is your only option, shop around for prices. If the manufacturer is your only option, ask if they offer a discount for a cash purchase.
– Shop for terms. Just because you purchase from your local sporting goods store or the manufacturer, this does NOT mean that they have the best terms for a loan. Often your bank or financial institute can offer you a slightly lower rate if the payment is set up as an automatic payment from your account.
Getting a commitment for financing does not mean that you are obligated to use it. Once you have made your best deal outside the “dealer”, listen to their terms and decide which offer is best for you.
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