Originally Posted by Ice Water
Usually buying used is bad
Actually buying used can be a good thing in cars, motorcycles bicycles etc. Especially with things like Ebay and Craigslist available. But you have to be informed about what you are doing.
Buying a late model used car can save you literally thousands of $$$. I am a life long motorcyclist. I have not purchased a new motorcycle in 20 years. People get into these things on a whim and then when winter time comes making payments on something sitting in the garage is not palatable. Just as in boats the fall is the time to buy and spring is the time to sell. Kayaks are no different. I just started scanning craigslist everyday for the boats I had in mind. After only a few days, Bam there was my boat, lightly used for sale by a person needing money to return to school. I probably burned a couple hundred dollars doing demos prior to my purchase but at least I new what I wanted.
I got into the rig for about $400 less than retail. As the other poster said many people unload a perfectly good boat so they can get there hands on the latest rigs. When you compare kayaks to motorcycles,Skiing and high end bicycles this is one of the cheapest sports around.
My favorite story is when I purchased a motorcycle in the fall and road it through the cold weather ( I ride unless there is ice or snow). Then started back up riding in the spring. When the weather started getting really nice the seller called me back up and I sold it back to him for $100 more than what I bought it from him for.