A used tent can save you a great deal of money over a brand new one, and provide you with just as much use. You will want to be careful when making such a purchase, however, to be sure that you get a quality item that will work well for you and is a good value. There are certain things you will want to consider. The following are some things you should look for when shopping for a used tent.
First you will want to make sure the tent is of good quality and free from significant rips, tears or anything else that you feel could affect the performance of the tent. Remember that a small problem can turn into a big problem. If it is stained, make sure that it is something that you are comfortable with and not an unhealthy stain such as a mold spot. Examine the tent fully, looking at all of the seams. If you can, you may want to fully set it up before you purchase it to make sure that you can get a look at it from every angle and make sure that all of the parts are there. Make sure all of the zippers work as well.
You should carefully consider the prices when shopping for a used tent. You should get a significant discount by buying a used tent. Remember, there are many inexpensive sources to buy new tents such as discount stores and Internet sources. If you are getting a used one, you are going to want to get a big discount over even those.
You should try to look for a reputable seller when searching for a used tent. If you are buying off of an Internet site such as www.ebay.com, try to find a seller that has very good reviews and gives lots of pictures. Also, find out if the seller has a return policy, so that if something is not to your liking, you can return it and get a refund or at least an exchange. This is especially important for used tents that you cannot see or set up in advance. The best way to find an individual seller is if you personally know someone that you trust to not cheat you. You can also ask around to see if anyone knows of someone who is selling such an item.
Buying a used tent can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing such an item look for a quality tent in good condition that is sold for a reasonable price by a reputable seller.