If you just got a brand new snowboard (see my picks of the best snowboards) or now realize that maybe you have one too many in your quiver if that’s even possible… it might be time to get rid of a used one.
Unless your old snowboard is completely trashed, it still holds value! In fact, there are some great ways to sell your board rather than simply getting rid of it.
My name is Lorraine, and I’m a certified snowboard instructor. I will help you to go over such options in this guide so you can find the best way to make some extra money, or save some money if you’re looking to buy a used snowboard.
Note: I’m writing this article from a seller’s perspective (as I had experience selling a used snowboard). If you are a buyer, you can often get a good deal from these places as well as long as the sellers are there.
Why Sell a Used Snowboard?
Even used boards are worth something. While you obviously won’t be able to get back the full price, you can still get something for it.
That’s especially true if the board is in decent condition. Don’t just throw your old board in the trash. See if you can sell it first.
If you are a big-time boarder, you might want to get a new snowboard every season. That can cause the old ones to quickly stack up, which is why selling some is such a good option.
Sometimes, you can also buy a new board that doesn’t fit your boarding style. If that happens, you can also put it up for resale and get it into the hands of someone who wants it more than you do.
Best Places to Sell (or Buy) a Used Snowboard
Ultimately, the best place to sell a used snowboard is wherever you’re going to get the most money for it.
There are a lot of different factors that go into the selling of a used board, but below are some of the places where I’ve had the most luck.
Craigslist is one of the best resale and private party commerce sites on Earth. I’ve scored many good deals through Craigslist, as have a lot of other people across the world.
One of the reasons it is so popular is because it’s absolutely free. That means you get to keep everything you make when selling your product.
It’s easy to put items up for sale through the site, no matter where you live in the world. Just click on the area in which you are located, follow all of the links for posting, and pay attention to the guidelines.
I’d always recommend including quality photos in your listing. Potential buyers are more attracted to items that are well documented and they won’t want to come to see a board if there aren’t any available photos.
Craigslist is a great way to sell your snowboard locally, but one disadvantage is that it’s not set up or designed to ship over long distances. If you live in an area where people are searching for boards often, you will have no problem selling.
However, if you don’t live near the snow, you could have issues. I also love CL because you can bargain and haggle, but not everyone enjoys that aspect.
eBay is another great place to sell a used snowboard. The website is an e-commerce mega source that has been around for decades and allows you to easily buy or sell just about anything.
It’s great for selling a used board due to its auction bidding system that allows potential buyers to place different bids on popular items. That process can allow sellers to get more money than they would from a private party sale.
Another benefit of eBay is that you can get your board in front of many people from all over the world. The website is set up to facilitate all of these transactions and provides a system that both buyers and sellers have come to trust.
If you earn a good reputation as a seller here, it can go a long way towards getting your items sold.
A downside to eBay is that you do lose some money in the selling process. Depending on the cost of your item, the company takes a fee for you to post a listing. It isn’t a large fee, but it’s still something to consider when using the site.
Buyers sometimes have to pay sales tax as well.
3. Gear Trade
Gear Trade is another awesome website to use when selling a used snowboard because it specifically caters to outdoor equipment.
This means there are people who look through the site constantly to find snowboards and all sorts of other snow-related gear.
The website is really easy to use and you can take pictures of your board and upload them to their system in a matter of minutes.
Once you create an ad, you can sit back and wait for your board to sell. When you get a buyer, you ship the item to Gear Trade and they will give you a check. It’s that simple.
Do note, however, that the site does charge a pretty high 13% fee to sellers. Even so, the easy-to-use interface and steady stream of potential customers makes it a great choice for anyone who needs to quickly flip a used board.
4. Your Local Snowboard Shop or Outdoor Retailer
Another option is to sell a used snowboard to your local snowboard shop or outdoor retailer. Not every shop will buy used equipment, but a lot of them do.
This is a quick way to get some cash for a used board if you don’t want to deal with the trouble of creating an online ad, dealing with potential buyers, or shipping your board.
The downside is that retailers that do by used boards will never give you as much money as you would make from a private sale.
Lookup any used sporting goods stores in your area or call the nearest snowboard shop and see if they buy used boards.
You can try haggling when you sell your board to a shop, but you often just have to take whatever they give you.
Remember, they need to make money on the deal as well.
You should be able to easily sell a used snowboard in some way. The above resources come highly recommended by sellers and buyers alike, and they each give you some options to quickly sell your board.
There are a lot of people in the market for used snowboards. It never hurts to explore your options and try to make a little extra cash (or save a bit if you are looking to buy a used board).About Lorraine