One of the best ways to save a buck on a big purchase is to find a suitable used option instead of a new product. If you can get a used version of the same thing that you were looking to buy the savings could be huge. That is true of everything, including lift chairs. If you do not want to buy a lift chair brand new there are multiple ways to find a used lift chair near you.
Where to Find Used Lift Chairs for Sale
There are a few places to consistently find used lift chairs for sale. One of the best places to look is online marketplaces. There are a handful of online sale boards that are available in almost all markets. Those online marketplaces include Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace. Check out those sites and search for used lift chairs to see if anything comes up in your area.
You can also check to see if you have any medical equipment suppliers, hospice homecare stores, or medical equipment rental shops in your area. All of these places can have used lift chairs available at any given time. Similarly, you can always keep an eye out on thrift stores and consignment shops for similar listings. Places like Goodwill and Habitat For Humanity ReStore stores sometimes get used lift chairs through their doors, you just have to look out for them.
Tips for Buying Used Lift Chairs from Craigslist
Craigslist has the benefit of keeping everything very local. This is a great way to find a lift chair for cheap that is nearby that you could potentially go see before you decide to buy or pick it up on your own so you don’t have to pay any shipping fees or wait a long time for your chair to arrive. Craigslist is an invaluable tool but it also has a few drawbacks that you should be mindful of.
Be wary of scams
Craigslist is notorious for having bad ads and scams prevalent on the site. It is largely unregulated and local, which is why it can be a great tool for finding a lift chair nearby, but that also makes it easy for people to post false adverts. Be wary of stock photographs, prices, or details that seem too good to be true or people that ask you for personal information in order to proceed with the sale.
Do not give out any personal information on Craigslist that you would not give to a stranger on the street.
Ads that are way lower than other listings are probably not real or have a catch to them. Be wary about meeting up with people at their house or locations you are not familiar with.
Ask for a demonstration or more info
One of the easiest ways to root out a bad Craigslist ad is to ask for more information. If you have a question, ask it. If you want more pictures, request them.
If you want a demonstration, demand it. If the seller is unable or unwilling to provide these things then there is a good chance that something does not add up.
If you feel comfortable with an ad and make friendly contact with a seller, Craigslist can be a fast and easy way to find used lift chairs that are both affordable and local.
Tips for Buying Used Lift Chairs on eBay
Buying from eBay can be a great way to find a product for cheap. There are whole sections of sellers on eBay that will sell directly to you, no auctions, just like any other online retailer.
Unlike other retailers, eBay has the benefit of having a large array of used and preowned items making it the ideal place to look for used equipment such as lift chairs. But there are a few things you want to keep in mind while shopping on eBay.
Unlike Craigslist, eBay will have sellers from all over the world listed. That means if you find a lift chair you like, you might be on the hook for hefty shipping fees. Shipping a heavy recliner across the country is not cheap and some sellers will stick you with the shipping costs.
Before you finalize any sales on eBay double check the shipping policy, the shipping time, and the potential costs. It doesn’t matter much if you have to pony up postage for a baseball card collection but when you’re talking about hundreds of pounds of medical grade equipment it could mean a lot of money out of your bottom line.
Don’t be afraid of auctions
While you can buy on eBay and treat it like Amazon you should not be afraid to peek in on the auctions. There are always auctions going on eBay and if you keep an eye on them you might be surprised at the deals you can get. There is always a chance that you come across an auction for a lift chair you like that is winding down and still available for a super low price.
Typical Pricing for Used Lift Chairs
Pricing for used lift chairs is not super static. They can be found for anywhere from $100 to $400 or more. It all depends on the condition of the chair, the market it is being sold in, and whether or not there are other fees involved. If you are buying local or from a private seller online you can always try and negotiate the price down. Keep in mind that a typical used lift chair runs around $600 so if you are finding prices that are too close to $600 or way too low you might want to reconsider.
If you can find a used lift chair in good working condition for $200 you are getting a great deal.
Always make sure the chair is in working condition and that it is actually a lift chair and not just a recliner.
Where to Find Used Lift Chairs for Free
Sometimes in the course of looking for a used lift chair, you might be able to find one for free instead. Craigslist is a great place to potentially find free lift chairs. Usually, people who do not want the lift chair anymore will trade the removal of the chair for the chair itself. If you can pick it up, you can have it. Keep an eye out for deals like this.
If you are really in a tight spot you can always keep an eye out for local charities, donation centers and church groups that might have lift chairs on hand that they would be willing to part with for free as well.