As people expand their knowledge about telescopes and become accustomed to the functions, there is an inclination to run out to purchase a newer, more technological telescope. Stop right there! Why not buy a used telescope with advanced features that only come on the more expensive models? It seems there is a wave of astronomers, beginner and advanced, that are selling their old telescope and purchasing new ones. For the bargain shopper or someone who simply doesn’t have the budget to purchase the snazzy new telescopes on the market, buying a used telescope is a perfect solution.
A local telescope store will carry an assortment of telescopes and accessories, new and used. They also employ people that possess the knowledge to point the prospective buyer in the right direction for a used telescope to meet the buyer’s desires. The local telescope store can provide a number of decent used telescopes to the buyer, describing in detail the advantages and disadvantages of each one. When looking for a used telescope, this is probably the best place to start.
The internet is a vast market for almost anything consumers are looking to purchase. Shop around on the internet for used telescopes, simply by typing it into the search engine. Literally thousands of websites and companies display their products on the internet, and drastic bargains can sometimes be found. When shopping on the internet though, beware of companies and websites that are privately owned. Checking the comments and review websites is an intelligent way to investigate sellers on the internet before handing out even a penny.
Also consider inquiring at pawn shops. People bring their used electronics to pawn shops in exchange for money every single day. Sometimes new items can be found in pawn shops, but for the most part used and completely functional, well-kept electronic items make up most of the store. Pawn shops carry a wide variety of used electronic equipment from stereos, computers, cameras, game consoles, and sometimes even telescopes. Each pawn shop decides which items they will accept and which items they will not, so it’s not sure-fire that pawn shops will keep them in stock but it’s always worth a quick look.
When inquiring at the telescope stores and the pawn shops, ask if they will make a trade. There’s an excellent likelihood that they will agree to accept the old telescope in addition to a little money in exchange for a different, more enhanced used telescope that they have in stock. A handy tip when inside these stores is to carefully study the price tag since many retailers will include the date purchased on it. If that telescope has been sitting idle for a good bit of time it is likely that an extended discount can be negotiated. The internet can also be a superb way to sell a current telescope that’s no longer up to par for the advancing astronomer.
For the beginner astronomer ready to make their first purchase, the telescope shop would be the most informative place to look. Lack of education about telescopes could lead to purchasing one that requires advanced user knowledge in order to operate, or features that are not worth the investment for the user’s skill level. On the other hand, if the buyer has a specific model in mind that they’re interesting in purchasing and they are aware of the pros and cons of the telescope, the internet and the pawn shops are outstanding resources to find the absolute lowest price available.