We have all been there and have all done it. For some, getting into the hobby is a financial burden as it can be a lot of money to sink. For other people it is not worth paying r to $700 for a brand new kit when you can get a used one for less.
The main question is…. Is it worth the cash that you are about to lay on the line and what is and is not too much?
This article is for the person who wants to save some cash but also not get hosed. The advice in this article has served me well for years.
It can be great or it can be a bombshell….BUYER BEWARE!!!
Ah! The lovely smell of commerce and the secondary market is one where the consumer always wants the best for the cheapest price. If you are negotiating do not insult the seller by saying “what is the lowest price shipped you will sell this for?” I can honestly tell you that I am the kind of guy that will work with people and their budgets as I want to see them go to a good home. Most good RC’ers are this way as well. Insult us an that deal immediately goes bad.
Next, when you get the kit do not expect it to be new. It is used. This means that someone else had it and ran it. They:
1) May not be RC experts and have no idea what they were doing.
2) Have broken parts and may not have realized it
3) May consider things to be routine running and you may not.
You are saving cash by not buying new. If you want it to be perfect then buy new.