The issue here is shipping—large items are typically very heavy, meaning online auctions might not be the best way to buy. Check out the classified ads in your local newspaper or local online bulletin board to find deals (including garage sales) within driving distance. If you have a pickup truck, or know someone with one you can borrow, you can save hundreds on shipping charges. Amazon.com sells both new and used videos and fitness equipment (small and large). Don't forget about ebay.com (check for local pick-up on big ticket items) and craigslist.org, which connects you with local people who are trying to sell their stuff. Also check out your local Play It Again Sports store, which sells both new and gently-used fitness and sports equipment.
Shop Online and Save
If you’re not sure what equipment is right for you, use a search engine to find a reputable exercise equipment review site. These sites typically go through all the pros and cons of the major brands. You can then either search for a certain type of used equipment or buy new without a high-pressure sales representative pushing you to buy the most expensive piece of equipment in the store.
If you know what you want, buying online can save you up to 45% off retail prices. Online retailers can offer these dramatically lower prices because they don’t have the overhead (rent, sales commissions, electrical fees, etc.) that brick and mortar stores do.
Be sure to check the length of the manufacturer’s warranty—the longer the better. The length of the warranty is a reflection on the quality of the equipment and the commitment of the seller or manufacturer to stand behind their products. Because no piece of equipment can last forever, make sure your online store offers repair services and a flexible return policy.
See? Getting fit doesn’t have to mean going broke if you take the time to find the best deal before you open your wallet. With a little research and a little flexibility, you can find the equipment and services you need without breaking the bank.