Re: ways to search for equipment at the best price
- This applies mainly to new gear but I found that using Google Shopping can be a great way to find lower prices from vendors that I never heard of before. This tends to work better for gear that has only a few variations such as sleeping bags, pads, and tents and less well for clothing which has many different sizes. I found that when I run searches for clothing, I would get some cheap prices but then realize that the low price was only for very odd sizes and/or colors. Still, I was able to find great deals on a few smart wool items and probably saved at least $100 on my sleeping bag.
While I normally will opt for the lowest available price, it does make sense to stick with REI for items that could require a return. Many other vendors also advertise "no questions asked" return policies but REI really is the gold standard when it comes to returns particularly if you have a local REI nearby.
--- In email@example.com, Jo T <jotslibrarylist@...> wrote:
> Hello, all-I've noted the used equipment sources everyone has mentioned, which were a great help in budgeting for my trip. I've narrowed down most of my big ticket items (type/brand of tent, etc.) but now have to price shop and work to get them over the next couple of months.
> I was curious if anyone has used some type of internet search tool that alerts them when a particular item is at or below a certain price?
> I think I'm wishing here ---- that would be such a convenient thing -- to have an email alert when say, the sleeping bag of my choice fell under $200, etc. but since technology advances at a higher rate than I can keep up with, I'm hoping this already exists and I just don't know about it.
> If you're in the know, please enlighten me!Thanks, as always, andHappy Hiking!JoT.