Insider tips for hunting down those bargain buys. Basically there are 3 different routes to explore when it comes to scoping out those windsurfing equipment bargains.
1. Brand New Windsurfing Equipment, Retail Shop discount 'package deals' - as with any kind of purchase, buying in bulk from one supplier gives you the windsurfingcustomer one great advantage, Buying Power. Windsurfing retail shops are always open to giving discounts to those who are buying a complete windsurf package, 10% off the total price, harness lines or even a boom thrown in for free, there is always something that can be negotiated when bulk buying.
Pro's: Knowledgeable staff (hopefully!), may have a try before you buy option, possibility of returning faulty kit, buying brand new - everything fits together & just works!
Con's: Brand new windsurfing equipment losing its initial retail value quickly, outgrowing your brand new kit, over-priced compared to buying 'nearly new' equipment, being given the wrong advice/sold what needs to be sold (hopefully not, if you have gone with a reputable shop)
2. Nearly New Windsurfing Kit - this is where you can really strike gold when it comes to getting yourself a bargain in the world of windsurfing. The great thing about this way of buying is that you can read up on all the windsurfing reviews, find exactly what brand, model, size, year of board you want then use the following techniques to hunt down a bargain.
There are lots of online & offline places to look for your chosen windsurfing equipment wish list, the best of which are probably, using your local 'free ad' type newspaper where you can track down some really great genuine bargains that people just want to get rid of to make space in their garage! More recently, the best success searching for 'nearly new' windsurfing equipment can be found On-Line, via the Boards Magazine Classifieds section. This is a great addition to their site that even lets you make a 'wish list' of all the kit you are after & will even send you an email notification just as soon as someone lists that exact piece of kit for sale so you are first in line for a bargain!
Pro's: Newly new windsurfing equipment at way below retail prices, can spread your search & get instant updates as & when your desired kit is listed for sale.
Con's: Need to make your own research as to what type of kit is suitable for you, travel time to go pickup your bargain purchases, must know what to look for when viewing potential kit, may have long waiting time until your desired windsurf board, sail, etc becomes available for sale.
3. Second Hand Windsurfing Equipment - this method of buying kit really is hit or miss! You could land the windsurfing bargain of the century or end up with a pile windsurfingof useless retro windsurfing junk. There is a never ending source for second hand windsurfing equipment. Retail shops always have a few racks of second hand windsurf boards, windsurfing sails, mast & booms. Your local 'Free Ads' paper, eBay & the more specialist online classifieds sites such as the one on the Boards website mentioned earlier and finally personal contacts - everyone knows someone, who knows someone, who is trying to sell windsurfing equipment!
Pro's: Potential for windsurfing bargain of the century!
Con's: A lot of background research to find your bargains, more than ever you must know what to look for when viewing potential kit, may have long waiting time until your desired windsurf board, sail, etc becomes available for sale.