The Guys Guide to Resale Gadgets & Gear

 Posted by Dawn Lesicko on August 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Whether it’s gadgets like TV’s, smart speakers and cell phones or gear like fishing rods and sports equipment, the fact remains purchasing retail can be expensive and leave you displeased when it’s time to upgrade to something new shortly after your purchase. Markups on retail items are often between 50-500%. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.”

One way to purchase the items you love at reasonable prices is shopping resale for like-new quality at a fraction of the retail price. Quality gently used or resale items are appealing for more than price, quite often you can afford higher quality items with a smaller budget that will ultimately last longer.

 

Cars

Looking for a fixer-upper project or collecting classic cars? There are tons of great finds available, without the hassle associated with the traditional dealership purchase process. One resale option is online auction sites like CTBIDS. Automotive depreciation is often the biggest issue with purchasing a vehicle new. Purchasing a car in a non-traditional way can help you spend less and possibly get the car you really want. Pay close attention to the cars service log and car history report to give you better insight on the condition of the vehicle.

 

Tools

Great tools are a necessity in or out of a man cave. For a tool shed or tool themed garage they are especially important and the backbone of creating that space. The saving when you purchase power tools resale are up to 40% off retail costs, while items like toolsets are abundantly available with extra savings up to 80% off retail. Tools can be expensive retail, so here are a few things to look for at estate sales and online auctions to ensure quality and help you find reliable items.

  • Hand Tools – Pay attention to the way the tools look. In a recent dealnews.com article, Contributing Writer Sean Flynn suggests “If it looks good, it probably is good… Check the tool's working surfaces: Surfaces that are supposed to be smooth should actually be smooth, and parts that are supposed to move should do so freely, evenly, and precisely. If it feels wrong, it probably is wrong.”
  • Power Tools – It’s best to verify that the power tools are in good working order before making the purchase at an estate sale or online auction. Look out for signs of wear and tear on cords and plugs.
  • Steel Hand Tools – Look for big brands known for their utility when shopping for pre-owned hand tools. Larger brands often have long-lasting or lifetime warranties that can be transferred to new owners.
  • Outdoor Power Equipment – Items like snow blowers, mowers, etc. are best found like new. Research the features of the equipment you want to purchase and test it or verify those features are still fully functioning. 

TVs

If you are looking to purchase a pre-owned TV, look for items that are open box yet still relatively new. If possible be sure the item is in great working condition or still has time left on the warranty. You can often find the best deals with TV models that are a season behind the newest edition or release of the product. The most important qualities to shop for in a pre-owned TV are picture quality, loose connection ports, sound quality and device compatibility.

 

Sports Memorabilia, Goods and Equipment

Purchasing sports equipment, memorabilia, and goods resale can save you up to 90% off the original retail cost in most cases. Online Auctions are great places to find items that capture moments in sports history or will be used to enjoy sports moments with friends and family members. If you purchase sports gear for recreational use new to you, you should always look to purchase goods in excellent or like new condition especially if the item is something children or young family members are likely to use. The most important tip from experts is washing and cleaning used sporting goods and gear prior to using it.

 

Camping Gear

Take advantage of deals for anything related to the great outdoors. According to experts at VeryWellFamily.com, “it's best to avoid buying used helmets.” You should always look to purchase goods in excellent or like new condition especially if the item is something children or young family members will use. Experts encourage consumers to pay attention to the quality of materials used to create the item. Remember to clean and wash fabric-based goods and camping gear prior to using it. Savings will often be between 50-95% off the retail cost.

 

Fishing Gear

Resale fishing gear is often marked down so you save up to 75% off retail prices. Pay attention to the condition of fishing rods and check for worn joints that may “wobble during casting and have the potential of cracking when reeling in your catch,” says experts at signaturefishingrods.com.

 

Smartphones, Computers & Tablets

Buying pre-owned computers, tablets, and smartphones is a great way to go green! Men’s Journal contributor Mark Ellwood suggests, “used tech doesn’t have to mean bad tech. In fact, buying secondhand computers, tablets, and smartphones isn’t just an ethical move—after all, e-waste is responsible for 70% of America’s toxic waste—it’s a terrific way to score a total steal. Purchasing resale small electronics can often help you save $300-$500 off retail costs. Be sure to consider the typical lifecycle of the device you are purchasing and how the device will be used before purchasing pre-owned.

 

Grills

Grills are more than just a summer staple. You can often find get great use out of your grill well into early to mid-Fall or longer depending on weather in your region. Retail and personal finance experts at NerdWallet encourage consumers to “purchase summer grilling necessities [off-season] to avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.” You can save more on grilling necessities by purchasing quality made items that are well-maintained, sturdy built, and free of dents or rust which will last longer than low cost retail items. Experts at smokinghotconfessions.com suggest looking for “a BBQ that comes with a few goodies: a cover is essential, but others might be specialty grates, charcoal lights, gas bottles or even cook books. Try to find something that is going to set you up without having to spend another dollar.” 

 

 

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