Buying a Used Tanning Bed
Submitted by beanstalk on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 5:08pm
If you are thinking about getting your own a tanning bed, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to go new or used. If you are pressed for cash or simply wish to save money to spend on other things, then buying a used tanning bed can be a great way to get the equipment you want without breaking the bank. Tanning beds generally stay perfectly operational for a long time, so you likely won't notice one way or another if your tanning bed is used or new. To help you make the best decision on a used tanning bed, here are a few tips to help you get the right one for the best price.
Do Some Legwork Locally
Buying a tanning bed locally is certainly your best bet, especially when you are looking for used equipment. Shipping fees can get expensive with something as big, heavy, and unwieldy as a tanning bed, so searching online to see who in your area is currently selling one can save you a lot of cash. By handling the transportation yourself, whether you have a pick-up truck or rent a moving van, you'll be able to save a nice chunk of change.
Consider Buying from a Tanning Salon
Some of the best sources for finding used tanning beds are tanning salons in your local or regional area. Many salons regularly phase out and replace their older beds from time to time, and usually those beds are fully functional and still have plenty of good life in them. Salons will be glad to have you take the equipment off their hands and to make some money off the sale. In addition, beds purchased from tanning salons are typically well maintained, since the sellers had to keep them in good shape to keep their businesses successful.
Research the Bed
Always research the market and products. Just because you are buying a used tanning bed doesn't mean that research isn't necessary. To the contrary, since the used beds that are available could be newer or older models, it will help you to know the market and the models well so you can identify the best ones and the best deals.
Look around to see what beds are available, find out the model information for them, and check out reviews or reports to learn about their specifications, features, performance, and durability. A poorly reviewed tanning bed that wasn't great when new isn't going to be the best investment when used.
Once you have narrowed down your choices, your research should extend to the specific beds you are considering. Find out why the owner is selling the bed, inquire about how old it is or how long it has been in use, ask to see proof of ownership documents, find out whether the item is still protected under warranty, and even consider testing the bed yourself before bringing it home. All of these steps will help to protect you from making a poor purchase and will ensure that you get a tanning bed that will give you deep, tropical island tans for years to come.