When it comes to buying goods online, the mindset has changed somewhat since the idea first came out.
In the beginning, people were careful about using their credit card online, as they were sometimes afraid they would be the next victim of someone stealing their information and racking up thousands of dollars in charges.
Nowadays, while the same security breaches may still happen sometimes, they happen far less often than they did before.
People even have their checkout information, such as their shipping address and credit card, saved to make it easier to order.
While the world has advanced to make shopping online easier, it doesn’t necessarily mean that scam artists don’t still exist.
So what should you think about and look out for when it comes to buying a self balancing scooter online?
What makes a self balancing scooter ‘good’? Is the price too good to be true? Is the site reputable? How can you feel more secure shopping online? How much do hoverboards cost?
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What to Look for When Buying a Self Balancing Scooter?
To start looking for your self balancing scooter, you need to first understand what makes it ‘good’.
I understand that good is a very subjective term, but when it comes to a physical product, there are some common things to look out for.
The first thing you should check out is the make up of the board you stand on. A metal alloy or a hard plastic would be a good choice, as those are far less likely to crack or stress under pressure.
This also means that your self balancing scooter will last longer. Second, check out what the wheels are made of.
A rubber wheel will stand up to more punishment than a plastic wheel, but ensure that it has good grip as well.
No sense in having a wheel that’s going to slip all the time.
Another big thing to look at is the battery. A good battery will last for more than a couple hours, but not take a week to recharge.
Weigh your ride time against your charge time.
The last thing I would caution you to look at is the motor. You want something that can go, but, depending on the rider, you don’t want too much speed. If it’s for a younger rider, you might not want them ripping around at 10 mph.
What to be Careful about?
When you first log onto an online marketplace and type in ‘self balancing scooter’ in the search bar, you may be a bit overwhelmed with the number of search results that are returned.
You will probably also notice a huge number of different prices. It’s human nature to look at the price of an item first, then start to base your decision on that number.
That’s a perfectly acceptable way to shop, and we can only strive to live within our means.
However, with some things, this is not always the best way to shop. You might find a self balancing scooter available for $300.
Unfortunately, as great as this price is, you usually get what you pay for. It may have an unreliable motor, a bad battery, or poorly manufactured parts.
Conversely, you might also find what looks like a perfectly fine self balancing scooter for only $2,000, but it too might suffer from the same fate as the $300 model.
A good piece of advice to follow is to take a second and look at the manufacturer’s website.
If the price on the website is way different than the price advertised on the marketplace, you might be getting ripped off.
Offer on Amazon
This leads to the trustworthiness of the site you are buying the self balancing scooter from.
Obviously, sites such as eBay and Amazon have a pretty squeaky clean reputation that precedes them, and they work hard to maintain that reputation.
However, that doesn’t automatically mean that you CAN’T get tricked on Amazon.
Start by matching the description to the photo; do they look like they match?
Does the photo look touched up, like someone photoshopped a logo onto it?
Do you see lots of different prices and descriptions for what looks like the same picture?
These are all little things to be aware of, and they could go a long way in protecting yourself from getting scammed.
Same Old China Deal?
That said, you’re statistically more likely to find these kind of online shopping horror stories on the ‘shadier’ marketplaces; users selling a brand new self balancing scooter for hundreds of dollars under what they’re listed at elsewhere, for instance.
The Chinese websites get the most grief over this kind of practice, but to be honest, it’s not entirely unfounded.
There are lots of reports of many Chinese manufacturers selling almost literally the same self balancing scooter – just with a change of color, a different logo, and a new, fancy-sounding name.
Plus, without the R&D costs of developing their own self balancing scooter, they can afford to sell it for much cheaper. But at what cost?
Stick with the Marketplace You Already Trust
Thus, it is always advised to buy your self balancing scooter from a place you can trust.
Typically, you can trust the self balancing scooters home website, as the company will be personally handling your order, packaging your order, and sending it out to you, as well as dealing with any customer complaints.
The advantage you have with sites like eBay and Amazon is that you might be able to find a great deal on a used self balancing board.
Plus, these sites typically have a ‘user feedback’ section, so you can see what other buyers are saying about that seller; and they can give you insight about how quickly they got the item, the condition of the item, and other intangible stuff that you might not think about.
Not all websites have this option, and it might be a red flag if you already have a bad feeling about the site.