I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive sources of decent equipment. Being that I have yet to win Powerball, I’m as broke as everyone else. Here are a few great sources for inexpensive yet quality gear.
First, obviously I need to mention our site, Survival-Gear.com. I have had the opportunity to “test drive” several pieces of equipment and haven’t been disappointed yet. The prices are very reasonable as well.
Goodwill and other thrift stores will sometimes have camping, fishing, and other outdoor related gear. In my experience, the pricing can be kind of all over the place. I’ve found some great deals on good stuff but I’ve also seen prices higher than what I’d pay for new at a different retailer. If you just watch your prices, you’ll do fine.
Freecycle is another good source and is free. If you’re not familiar with Freecycle, click the link and see if there is a group in your area. In a nutshell, members of the groups will offer up items they wish to no longer keep, free to whomever wants them. Most groups also allow members to post about items they want or need. And again, the key element here is the items are always free.
Rummage sales and flea markets during the summer months can be wonderful sources of cheap gear. Again though, you have to know what you’re looking for and “Buyer beware” is the key phrase.
You can sometimes find deals on places like Craigslist but I personally tend to shy away from them. There are so many scams prevalent there it gets difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.
The key with all of these sources is knowing how to tell good equipment from bad. Take the time now to do your homework and learn what to look for in items like tents, camp stoves, knives, and tools.