Pros & Cons of Second-Hand Outdoor Gear

With several websites dedicated to buying and selling used accessories, it seems like a perfect idea to obtain second-hand outdoor gears online, rather than getting them new (and spending more) at the shop.

Why should any outdoor gear buff purchase second-hand products? And what are the pros and cons of getting pre-owned outdoor equipment over fresh stuff? Keep scrolling to discover that there are much more pros than you think!

Pros of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

The most beneficial thing about purchasing used outdoor gear is the considerable price reduction. There are some excellent bargains open if you keep your preferred websites and stores under regular observation.

You can regularly enter “Used tent or jacket” into a search engine, and it will sort by what’s available that day.

Please don’t be too excited when you get many preferences, though, as many buyers post things for sale and then forget to bring the ad down when it’s sold. Here are some other great benefits of preloved gears.

Some Benefits of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

  • Immensely helpful for the environment
  • Various famous outdoor brands now have their pre-owned section, with gears that are perfectly cleaned and safety-tested
  • The quality can be excellent (sometimes accessories haven’t even been used)
  • Sometimes you can discover last season’s goods which might be excellent
  • Top-quality older products are very frequently better than new inferior quality stuff
  • A good idea for first trips, rather than spending too much on things that you might not use again
  • The more you save on equipment and gear, the more you can spend on your actual vacation or trip.

The Cons of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

No doubt, there are few sellers out there who are attaching pre-owned equipment for sale when they don’t even know it’s defective or damaged, or they do know and don’t mind. That’s why always try to purchase items close by or from a verified online seller.

If you ever decide to meet a seller who has contacted you, always take someone reliable with you, or let someone else know where you are exactly going.

Never visit a seller at night in a remote area. If the gear still has the cost tag on it, you should request to see the shop receipt.

The Other Cons of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

  • Less variety, and it might be challenging to find your size
  • Things might not have a warranty
  • The chance of seller fraud – you need to be alert!
  • It can be more time consuming to discover the correct thing
  • Products could be damaged or have little life left in them

How to Buy Pre-Owned Outdoor Gear?

I’ve bought several secondhand outdoor gears in Nepal during my Mt. Kailas trip, such as a zip-up jacket, backpack, gloves, etc. As per my experience, buying used products can be a good idea, but if purchased wisely.

  • Make sure to do the checks before applying to a sale
  • Verify the reviews other people have written about them.
  • See how long they have belonged to the site.
  • Also, look into packaging, weight, and delivery.

Also, ask some questions, such as Why are you selling? Has it even been damaged? Are you the original owner? Do you still have the original receipt or warranty?

Most of the times second hand outdoor gear is a great way to save money without compromising your travel experience. Just make sure that it is not worn and torn or has been through multiple hands. For queries and other information on travel, connect with me on Instagram and YouTube.

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