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jnallen
March 17th, 2006, 10:05 AM
would it be completely un-adviseable to buy a used bcd off ebay?

i would like to build my equipment list, but equipment is so expensive, that i'm looking for alternatives.

does the dive community suggest to always buy new (like climbing gear)? or do others buy used also?

awap
March 17th, 2006, 10:15 AM
I recommend it as a way to get an adequate BC at minimal cost. Plenty of entry level, pool faded, jacket style bc recycled out of training onto E-bay at $25 to $50. Look for fairly high volume scuba equipment sellers (100+) with good feedback. Many of these are LDSs turning over their training (or rental) stock. Make sure that they state that it is complete, does not leak, and the LPI inflator works. If you need the inflator hose, make sure it is included and also works.

Don't be in too much of a hurry. If you can wait, prices are better for scuba gear buyers in Nov - Dec.

roturner
March 17th, 2006, 10:23 AM
would it be completely un-adviseable to buy a used bcd off ebay?

i would like to build my equipment list, but equipment is so expensive, that i'm looking for alternatives.

does the dive community suggest to always buy new (like climbing gear)? or do others buy used also?

No problem on 2nd hand BCD's. Just make sure you think about possible servicing when you look at the purchase price.

R..

jonnythan
March 17th, 2006, 10:30 AM
ABSOLUTELY 100% WRONG!!


Just kidding ;)

Buying a BC off eBay is perfecty fine. Give it a good once-over, make sure the inflator works, nothing is broken, and it stays full of air overnight and you're good to go. If you want to feel even better have your dive shop look it over.

iowasnowboarder
March 17th, 2006, 10:48 AM
Right, take the dive gear you bought on ebay to your local dive shop and ask them to look it over...and hope they don't think your a complete *sshole for it.

herman
March 17th, 2006, 11:11 AM
Completely wrong, no. The problem I have with ebay or anything like it is I can't get my hands on it first. You may get a great deal or get ripped off big time and there is little you can do about it. Your best bet and the only way I will buy used is to find someone local to buy from.That way I at least get a chance to look it over before giving up my cash. Lots of LDSs have rental equipment they sell from time to time and if you keep an eye in your local paper and sales fliers you can find some good deals. There are always people who are upgrading their equipment or who went hog wild into diving then quit.

moneysavr
March 17th, 2006, 11:19 AM
As said its ok but,,
Have it checked out,
make sure its the right size for you,
ask seller questions-as lots of e-bay stuff is just recycled e-bay stuff going round and round!
check out sellers last purchases and see how much he paid and ask why he is selling it!
Good luck!

Damselfish
March 17th, 2006, 11:25 AM
It's fine if you know what you're looking for, though for BCs I think I'd rather stick to local sellers, or local shops turning over rental gear so you can see it first. Especially living in an area where there should be a decent amount of that.

Ber Rabbit
March 17th, 2006, 11:39 AM
You can also check your local dive shop and see if they have used gear for sale. Our local shop offers used gear, I'm not sure if they are commissioned sales for people who have upgraded or if it's their old rental gear. That way you could see it and maybe even try it out in a pool or rent it for a weekend since it's used anyway. Occasionally you might run across a shop with a rent to buy program, that's another thought.
Ber :lilbunny:

scubapro50
March 17th, 2006, 11:50 AM
you can get some great deals off ebay .... but you can get burned too ..... Last year I purchased a MR12 regulator, Swimaster BC, White Stage wetsuit, mask and fins from a guy getting out of diving for $100 plus $25 shipping. Gave the mask and fins to my daughter, sold the wetsuit for $25, letting the son-in-law use the Mr12 and BC until he can afford better stuff. The regulator did cost me $45 for service but it breaths great.

craborn
March 17th, 2006, 11:54 AM
I saved $300 dollars 5 years ago by buying a second hand BCD and REG from the internet. It is a great piece of equipment. The only problem is that I have to pay every year to get them serviced, in which, has cost me more than $300 total so my savings are gone. I bought a set from my LDS and they service it for free for life ( parts not included if it ever needs any) In the long run I think I saved buying from the LDS. Without the LDS we would have to go on line to get air so lets support them. So for my BCD and REG I buy LDS.

Damselfish
March 17th, 2006, 12:01 PM
BCs don't really need service. Regs are another matter and a ebay deal may very well cost you more in the long run, even within a few years.

awap
March 17th, 2006, 12:09 PM
I bought a set from my LDS and they service it for free for life ( parts not included if it ever needs any) In the long run I think I saved buying from the LDS. .

Does you LDS provide free service (labor) to all customers who purchase new regs from them or are you receiving this benefit because you instruct with them? If for all customers, please identify the LDS. It sounds like a really great deal for anyone who can use that shop.

7millimeter
March 17th, 2006, 12:38 PM
You can also check your local dive shop and see if they have used gear for sale.

I'll second that. One of our local shops has a consignment area; I bought my first BCD there and I got a good deal.

As a sidebar to any LDS owners/managers reading, I find that I visit this store more than any others in the area and I spend more money there because of the consignment area. It's actually not that close to where I live and it's not on the way to anywhere that I need to go regularly. I stop in because it's fun to see what turns up on consignment. I end up going there for service, fills, classes and other gear purchases, too.

nwbrewer
March 17th, 2006, 03:00 PM
I feel for ya. I am in the same sort of position. I didn't get my stuff of E-bay, but I got most of it used. You can try your LDS for old rental stuff, Discount Diver supply in Seattle has a lot of used gear they sell. Another good place to get used gear is Craigslist. Got my BCD from there for a heck of a deal, got to look it over and test it out a bit before plunking down hard earned cash. It has worked great so far. I figure for all my gear i'm into it for less than $700. There are deals to be had, you just have to keep your eyes open and know what your looking for. Regs form E-bay or a local seller should be serviced (at least checked out) before use.
Good luck

Jake

dbg40
March 17th, 2006, 03:37 PM
This is where I buy my Apeks regs from. Best prices I have found, and an honest guy.
Drop him a line with what you need.
customer_service@divetheabyss.com

kidspot
March 18th, 2006, 01:24 AM
If the bladder holds air, you may consider replacing the lp inflator mechanism ($30), but otherwise there are not too many things that need servicing/replacement on a BCD.

You might also check out http://www.scubal.com for a new BCD as their prices tend to be very low (new BC for $150) and they are well built.

Aloha, Tim

Snowbear
March 18th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Don't forget the ScubaBoard MarketPlace (http://www.scubaboard.com/forumdisplay.php?f=213) classifieds as well ;)

Sometimes just by being patient and watching for deals (ebay or elsewhere), you can find almost new gear for half or less what it sells for new at an LDS.... like the Black Diamond weight integrated BCD in new condition with about 30 or so dives on it that I would love to unload :D

carldarl
March 18th, 2006, 02:00 AM
Don't forget the ScubaBoard MarketPlace (http://www.scubaboard.com/forumdisplay.php?f=213) classifieds as well ;)

Sometimes just by being patient and watching for deals (ebay or elsewhere), you can find almost new gear for half or less what it sells for new at an LDS.... like the Black Diamond weight integrated BCD in new condition with about 30 or so dives on it that I would love to unload :D

Or like the IDI Nekton Ballistic weight integrated with 35 dives and new condition 'I' have. PM me if you wear an XL and want a good deal.


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