With more people building home gyms, now is the perfect time to sell a second hand cross trainer. If this is your first time selling used fitness equipment, you may have a lot of questions:
- How much do I sell my cross trainer for?
- Where do I sell it?
- How do I get started?
- How do I avoid getting scammed?
We’re going to answer all of these questions and share some of the best places to sell your used cross trainer.
The first step is making sure that your machine is ready for sale.
Prepare for Sale
Before you start looking at places to sell your cross trainer, take the time to get it ready for sale.
Make Sure it Still Works
If you haven’t used the cross trainer in a while, test it out to make sure that it still works. Does the console function like it should? Do the pedals and handlebars move smoothly?
If you want to sell your cross trainer – and get a good price – it has to work properly.
Take Care of Maintenance
Now is a good time to take care of any maintenance you may have neglected.
- Check bolts and screws, and tighten as necessary
- Lubricate the bearings and track
- Check for any cracks in the frame
Presenting buyers with a machine that runs smoothly and efficiently will help you sell your machine more quickly and at a better price.
I have a detailed guide on cross trainer maintenance you should read through before putting your’s on sale.
Make Sure It’s Clean
After you finish with your maintenance, take the time to clean your machine. Be thorough, especially if it’s an older machine that’s been collecting dust.
Disinfectant cloths are the simplest option. Give extra attention to the handlebars, console buttons and screen. Don’t neglect the pedals, particularly the grooves that create traction. If there’s a water bottle holder, clean that out as well.
Gather the Manual and Accessories
If you still have the owner’s manual for your machine, make sure that you include it as part of the package. If you purchased any accessories, you can include these as well.
The goal is to have as much of a complete set as possible. You’ll attract more potential buyers this way and have a much easier time closing the deal.
Whether you decide to sell through a marketplace or to a company that buys used fitness equipment, it’s important to understand how much your machine is worth.
Determining your machine’s value can be tricky. One of the best things you can do is search online marketplaces to see what the going rate is for your machine.
Make sure that you’re looking at the “sold” listings. Anyone can try and sell an item at any price. You want to see what buyers are actually willing to pay for second hand cross trainers. Ideally, you want to look for solid listings of similar machines in similar condition.
eBay is probably your best bet for doing valuation research. If you have an account, you can view sold listings of your exact cross trainer model.
Once you have a good idea of how much you want to sell your cross trainer for, you can move on to the next step: finding a buyer.
Where to Sell a Second Hand Cross Trainer
Now that your machine is ready for sale, it’s time to start looking for buyers. There’s no shortage of options for selling second hand cross trainers.
Listing your cross trainer on an online marketplace is a simple way to find buyer. There are many options to choose from. Some marketplaces charge a fee for listings, but others do not. You may consider placing your machine on more than one marketplace to maximise exposure.
To successfully sell your cross trainer on an online marketplace, your listing has to be attractive. Here are some tips:
- Include as many details as possible in your listing. Add features, dimensions and technical specs.
- Include high-quality photos, preferably your own and not the ones from the manufacturer. If your machine has any scuffs or defects, include photos of them in the listing.
- Provide details about pick-up or delivery.
Don’t forget to include a catchy but informative title for your listing.
Some of the most popular marketplaces for selling used fitness equipment include:
Many people prefer to sell their used fitness equipment on eBay. Sure, you’ll pay a fee for the sale, but you’ll save time. eBay has a huge user base, which means that your listing will get great exposure to people who are actually looking to buy a used cross trainer.
Marketplaces like eBay also offer a secure way to get your payment, and you don’t have to waste your time dealing with people who really aren’t interested in buying.
There’s no question that Gumtree is the top classifieds website in the UK, which makes it a great option for selling your cross trainer. It’s also free to add listings, so getting started is easy.
Just keep in mind that you’ll be dealing with a lot of phone calls and messages about your cross trainer. Beware of scammers and people who want to negotiate rock bottom prices.
Many people have successfully sold their second hand cross trainers on Gumtree. Just practice a little patience and common sense.
Facebook’s marketplace is another viable option for selling your cross trainer. Facebook has millions of users, so your listing will certainly get exposure.
Like Gumtree, you’ll be dealing with a lot of messages from potential buyers. You’ll have to arrange for payment, delivery and other details yourself. But it’s free to list your item, and there’s no shortage of buyers.
Garage sales are essentially offline versions of Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. It’s certainly a viable way to sell your cross trainer, but there are few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
For starters, don’t expect to get the best price if you’re going this route. People at garage sales are usually looking for rock bottom prices, and they’ll want to negotiate with you. If you’re just trying to get this machine off your hands, you may not mind letting it go for a lower price.
Another issue with garage sales is that people aren’t necessarily looking for or expecting to find a cross trainer. You may have a harder time finding someone who is interested.
Make sure that your pricing is clear, and also make sure that buyers understand they will be responsible for hauling the cross trainer away.
If you don’t want to sell your cross trainer online, one hassle-free way to do that is through a place like Pinnacle Fitness. They purchase used fitness equipment at a fair price. By going this route, you don’t have to deal with buyers or the stress of collecting payment.
If you’re looking to sell a second hand cross trainer, the options listed above will help you get your machine in front of the right buyers. Just make sure that your machine is clean and ready for sale before you place your listing.