Buying a Used Geocaching GPS – 8 Questions to Ask the Seller Before You Open Your Wallet

By | May 5, 2012

Buying used is a great way to save money on a geocaching GPS if you are short on cash.  Used GPS units can be found in abundance on eBay and Craig’s list.  While buying a used unit online can yield great savings over buying new, it does have the disadvantage that you can’t look the model over and try it out before you complete the purchase.  To help avoid any potential issues, here are a few questions you might want to consider asking the seller before you commit to purchasing a used GPS.

1. What is the condition of the GPS?  You want to make sure that the GPS functions properly before you buy it.  Be sure to ask if there are any problems with the screen display.  Sometimes if a GPS has been dropped frequently, there can be areas of the screen that are damaged.  In addition, be sure to ask if there are any physical defects, like scratches.

2. What is the model number of the GPS? If it is not stated in the listing, ask for the specific model number of the unit they are selling.  You want to ensure that the model you are purchasing has all the features you want.

3. Why is the seller getting rid of it?  In most cases, the seller may simply be upgrading their unit or may no longer be interested in geocaching.  If the seller is not willing to answer this question, they may be trying to hide a problem with the GPS.

4. How old is the GPS?  While buying a model that is older and is no longer being produced is not necessarily a problem, you may have issues updating the software should the GPS ever require re-booting.

5. Does the geocaching GPS come with the cord to plug it into your computer.  Plugging in coordinates by hand is time-consuming and runs the risk of human errors.  You will definitely want to make sure any GPS you buy used comes with a cord to make sure you can download coordinates directly.

6. Does the used GPS come with an owner’s manual or instructional dvd?  You might be able to find this information online or contact the manufacturer about obtaining one, but it is best if the unit you are buying comes with, at the very least, an owner’s manual.

7. Are there any maps installed on the GPS?  While base models may not have this capability, more expensive units do.  Having the maps for your area already installed can be a great timesaver.  In addition, some brands charge for maps, so you will save money as well by purchasing a GPS that already has maps installed

8. What is the seller’s feedback rating (or do they have any references if you are buying from Craig’s list)?   Any seller with a significant number of negative feedback ratings should be avoided, no matter how inexpensive the GPS is.

Any reputable seller should not mind answering any questions you might have.    If a seller won’t take the time to respond, then move on to another seller.  Buying a used geocaching GPS online can definitely result in big savings.  Taking the time to ask questions ahead of time can save you the hassle of a return.

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