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Play It Again Sports gives big discounts

Posted July 21, 2008
Updated July 22, 2008

— Sports are healthy, fun exercises for adults and children, but the cost of equipment can add up. Relief can be found, though, at some stores that offer used equipment at steep discounts.

The cost mounts even more quickly when parents have to equip children for sports.

"With kids growing so much in one season, it's definitely better to buy used," James Fahey, a father of two, said. "That way, you're not buying brand-new equipment and just getting rid of it halfway through the season."

Fahey said he found a used hockey helmet for his 6-year-old son James at Play It Again Sports in Cary for about half the price as a new one.

The store buys and sells used sporting equipment, said Play It Again Sports manager Matt Sawyer. Hockey equipment is one of the store's biggest sellers – at half or even a quarter of retail prices for new items, Sawyer said.

"It ranges new anywhere from $300 to $1,000 to suit up a kid," the store manager said. "And we can do it for $200 to about $400."

And not all the toys are kid's stuff – for example, a $200 golf bag for $70 and plenty of used golf clubs.

"For instance, a Cleveland wedge, 30 bucks," Sawyer said. "Everybody likes Cleveland wedges. They're about $80, $90 new."

Treadmills and ellipticals are commonly in stock.

"A lot of people have good intentions, and they don't stick with it. And everybody is always trying to lose a pound," Sawyer said.

The store gives deals on everything from head to toe – from $110 and $120 lacrosse helmets for $50 to "used golf shoes, used cleats, you name it."

Fahey said his children are outfitted for all their sports activities. At the tune of $195, that was about half of what he expected to pay for brand-new equipment, he said.

On Tuesday's WRAL NEWS at 5 p.m., 5 on Your Side's Monica Lalliberte shows how to cut costs on back-to-school supplies. She will offer money saving ideas throughout the week.


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  • owlady Jul 22, 2008

    I was looking for a used pair of in-line skates for my daughter a few years ago. I went to the used sporting goods store but they did not have her size. They sold me a brand new pair at a sale price that almost was the same as the used skates. Try asking for a discount on the new item, if the store does not have the used item in stock. I got a great deal.

  • tcwife Jul 22, 2008

    I think stores like Play it Again are great but I would be very careful of some of the equipment. I know that they check the equipment out but some things like helmets in my opinion should not be resold. My son plays baseball and those helmets get hit and slammed around and if you don't know how old they are or how much abuse they have taken they could actually be dangerous. We purchase a new batting helmet every year and check it periodically to make sure no cracks have appeared plus we know if it has been hit or how many times it has been hit.