Ebay is potentially the best place to buy a cricket bat, purely because of the prices good quality bats can be got for. But having said this, there are a few things that you need to consider before you purchase a bat off ebay. This guide will go through some basic tips that would be appropriate for purchasing a bat at any normal time, as well as tips that are specific for ebay.
1. Make sure that you are buying a bat that suits you
There is nothing worse than buying a bat, getting it and realising that is completely different to what you expected or is just not right for you. One of the key things to buying a bat is to make sure that you have seen and felt a bat similar to the one that you are using. I recently bought a Kahuna Icon off ebay and many people that I know have Kahuna's, so I had an idea of what the bat would be like. Make sure that you are buying the right size bat for you. On ebay, common language for a mens bat is 'full size mens bat'. This does not refer to the largest size of bat available, which is longblade. The sizes of cricket bats are as follows:
Sizes 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Small Mens, Harrow, and the number sizes are generally considered children's sizes. Size 5 is for a child in Year 5 and so on. Harrow and Small Mens are for kids in Year 7 - 9 and from then on Short Handle (SH) and Longblade are suited. All bats are marked by size on the top of the handle. Bats in number sizes are more than likely kashmir willow, a cheaper willow from Asia, so if you have been playing cricket for a couple of years, it may be an idea to upgrade to English willow to improve your game even more so.
2. Do not buy a bat that is too heavy for you
Children in years 7-10 would be reccomended to have a bat approx. 2lb 4oz to 2lb 7oz in weight. The trend today is to buy a heavy bat as to create more power. This is nto the case as someone using a lighter bat will be able to create more power with a much quicker swing speed. People of 16 years and above should be able to use a bat of any weight, trying out bats of people you know to see what weight suits you is a good idea.
3. Make sure the bat shown on ebay is the bat you are buying
It is crucial to make sure that the bat shown in the picture is the bat in which you are purchasing. Asking a seller a question is your right as a customer, so make use of it and make sure that you will be definately be geting the right one. It is important also to check that all the appropriate information is shown in the description, such as weight, size, english willow or kashmir willow as well as anything else you find important. If these things are not shown, again, ask the seller and they should reply with the answer.
4. Buying from a certified seller
Buying from a seller with a number of sales in the cricket area so that you can be assured that you will receive a bat after you have paid. This is also a good idea as the variety of accessories that these sellers sell may be handy.
All in all, it is up to the individual to how much they are willing to pay for a cricket bat. Remembering though, a bat may be expensive, but it may not be the right kind of bat for you. It is easier to build a bat around a batsman, than a batsman around a bat. Remembering all these things, you should come out the other end the proud owner of a new bat. So good luck in you purchases and happy bidding!