Your Guide to Buying a Used Skateboard on eBay

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Your Guide to Buying a Used Skateboard on eBay

When buying a used skateboard the things which need to be given thought are essentially the same as when buying a new skateboard. One difference that will need to be considered is the condition of the board and all of its parts. There may sometimes be parts that need to be replaced. The condition of the board can be found on the item description and if further confirmation is needed, by asking the seller. There are many different types of boards available, whatever type is of most interest can usually be found quickly and easily on eBay.

Assemble or Complete

Whether you are buying a new or a used board, the first thing which needs to be considered is whether to buy a complete board or to buy each part separately and assemble it manually. There can be advantages and disadvantages within both of these options.

For beginners to skateboarding, it may be more difficult to assemble the board themselves and may prove more difficult when trying to figure out what parts are needed and how they are put together. Buying a complete board may be the best option in this circumstance. However, if looking to buy a used board, some of the parts may not be as functional as if the board was bought new.

In skateboarding, as in many sports, the equipment used will wear down over time. There are many parts of the board that may not be seen easily and, therefore, it is never certain whether or not they are in working condition. In this situation, the best idea would be to contact the buyer beforehand to find out if the board is ready for use before buying it.

If assembling the board personally seems preferable, it would be easier to see the condition of each of the pieces. Buying this way also gives one the ability to tailor the board to specific requirements and design. However, skateboarding beginners may not know what style of board would be the best fit. For first time buyers, the safest bet may be to buy a complete board. A better idea will be had as to the specifics of the parts once more experience in skateboarding has been gained.

Buying a Skateboard That Fits

Finding a skateboard that caters to specific needs may be one of the most important aspects of buying one. One aspect which needs to be thought about is the dimensions of the skateboard, in order to get the most comfortable feel when skateboarding. This can again be difficult if just starting out or if the rider has not skateboarded before. Consider the size and shape of the skateboard for the best fit. This could be dependent on height, size of feet, or various other aspects.

It may be tempting to buy the cheapest board that can be found, however, this may result in early breakage. Buying a cheap skateboard may also cause injury to the user or others around them because of poor quality of the parts of the board. This could prove even truer when buying a used skateboard. If a cheap skateboard has already had a lot of use, some of the parts may not be functioning properly and it could result in having to buy more parts and assembling them personally.

Before buying a board, do not be shy, contact the seller and ask them about anything that it is hard to be sure of. Especially when buying a used item, look for highly rated sellers. This should put your mind at ease before continuing to buy the skateboard you are looking for.

Parts of the Board

There are many different pieces from which a skateboard is made out of, each serving their own purpose. When buying a skateboard, look for the quality and style of each one to suit individual needs.

· Deck – The deck is the wooden part of the board which is stood upon. It can be made from many different types of wood and often has a design on the bottom. The deck, along with the wheels, is the part of the board that skateboarders tend to customise for a personalised ride. The deck can also be different sizes. The main thing to decide when buying a board is its size. People with large or wide feet may wish to opt for a wider board to give them more room to work with when skating.

· Wheels – There are two main differences to consider when buying the wheels for a skateboard. The first thing is the diameter or the size of the wheel. The second thing is the ‘durometer’, or hardness of the wheel. How hard the wheels are is measured on an ‘a-scale’. The higher the number on the scale, the harder the wheels are. Along with the deck, wheels are often customised, and can come in many different colours and designs.

· Bearings – The bearings are small metal balls in discs on the inside of the wheels. They differ in precision and durability. The best quality bearings will be smooth and also durable enough to withstand when performing tricks.

· Trucks – Trucks are the metal parts of the skateboard that connect the deck to the wheels. There a few things to consider when looking at trucks. Firstly, the trucks need to be the same width as the deck of the board. The height of the trucks is another thing that can differ. Taller trucks will allow for bigger wheels, these are better when going fast on your board. Shorter trucks however allow the rider more easily to perform tricks, particularly jumps.

How to Buy a Used Skateboard on eBay

Now that you know what you want out of a used skateboard, you can find it quickly and easily on eBay. While you shop, give thought to helmets and skateboarding shoes.To start shopping, go to the sporting goods category, followed by skateboarding, then skateboards.

Categories
The categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type.

Product Finder
Use the used skateboard Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by brand and condition (new or used).

Keyword Search
Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find used skateboards, type the keywords “skateboard used” (without quotation marks) into the search box. Click “Search title and description” to expand your results. Visit eBay’s Search Tips for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can’t find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now. Alternatively, use the save a search option on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Remember to search the Deals page to hunt for bargains.

Buy a Used Skateboard with Confidence
Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Item

  • Read the details in the item listing carefully.
  • Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
  • If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.

    Know Your Seller

    Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

    · What is the seller’s feedback rating?

    · How many transactions have they completed?

    · How many positive responses do they have?

    · What do buyers say in their feedback?

    · Do they offer a money-back guarantee?

    · What are the terms and conditions?

    · Are buyers positive about the seller?

    · Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.

    Conclusion

    After considering all of the aspects, the skater should have a better idea as to the style of board that would work best for their individual needs. When buying a used board on eBay, some of this information may not be included and so contacting the seller may be a good idea. This will confirm that the board and all its parts are in working order.

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