Mike: Got my federal tax refund a couple of weeks ago. I really wanted to spend it on a new Smith & Wesson M&P .45ACP pistol. All the talk of Hillary or Obama getting into the White House has made me want to purchase another handgun.
A buddy of mine just bought a new Bowtech General bow. The archery shop had a used 2007 Hoyt Vectrix XL for sale, and the shop owner said I could have it for $400 cash. Man, that was too good a deal to pass on. I guess I will have to hold out a little longer for my pistol :)
What do you think of buying used bows? Would you have done the same thing? Thanks, Barry S. from GA
Barry: I wish I could do my taxes as fast as you, LOL, and damn right, with Hill or Obama looming we all ought to buy another handgun or 2 before Nov.
While there are some risks with buying anything used, I think you did a smart thing. You saved about $300 off MSRP new, and you probably got a bow that hadn’t been shot very much. I suspect that most year-old used bows for sale have less than 100 arrows shot through them. Plus, you got a great deer bow--the Hoyt Vectrix is fast, quiet and smooth.
Some things to keep in mind when buying a used bow:
Buy from an archery shop (not eBay) like Barry did so you can inspect and shoot it, and make sure it fits and feels good.
Have the shop owner tune the bow; he should throw in a new string and set the nock.
Inspect arrow rest and sight carefully—you might (probably) will want something different, if so the dealer ought to give you a deal on new accessories, otherwise you’ll eat up your savings.
Barry bought a 2007 model, fine. But I would not buy a bow more than 2 years old—archery/cam technology is changing so fast that the bow will be a dinosaur when you leave the shop.
Anybody on the blog bought a used bow? How did it work out, good or bad?