In years gone by, buying sports equipment and accessories inevitably meant a trip to your local High Street sports shop, or golf or tennis club, to find the item(s) that you wanted. You can, of course, still buy in this way if you prefer to do so; if you can find what you want, you have the advantage of being able to try it out or try it on before you buy. Typically, though, High Street shops and local clubs offer a poor selection of sports equipment, at inflated prices, compared with that available on the Internet. The Internet means that you have access to a wider selection of equipment, often direct from the manufacturers themselves and, in any case, the absence of a "bricks and mortar" shop means lower overheads and lower prices.
Buying Sports Equipment & Accessories
If you are buying sports equipment or accessories you want to be certain that whatever you buy is as advertised and not a cheap imitation, is suitable for purpose and for your level of ability at your chosen sport or pastime. This is especially true of, say, exercise equipment, or sports clothing or shoes, which may cause you not only physical discomfort, but actual physical harm, if chosen incorrectly in terms of specification, or size. This is less of a problem if you are shopping in person in the High Street – you can hold and swing, a tennis racquet or a golf club, or try on clothing or shoes, etc. – but, if you are shopping online, there are some further precautions that you need to take. Independent reviews, online or otherwise, can help you to identify the equipment appropriate to your requirements and budget, but make sure that any online retailer has a "quibble-free" returns policy, so that you can return items for exchange, or refund, if they are unsuitable for whatever reason.
Furthermore, try to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable retailer in the first place. If you are buying from an online auction site, such as eBay, check the feedback left by other buyers to determine that equipment is as described and beware of fakes. Popular, high price tag, sports equipment, such as Nike training shoes or mens Quiksilver clothing may be offered for sale at rock-bottom prices, in which case you should be highly suspicious, because such offers, almost invariably, involve items that are fake, or non-existent.