Any experienced tennis player knows that it is important to invest in high quality tennis balls. Whether they are name-brand, sitting on a shelf in a high-end sporting goods store, or of a generic brand within a drug store, new tennis balls can quickly add up to a hefty sum of money. Luckily, you do not have to empty your wallet to fill a basket full of quality tennis balls.
Where Should You Look For Cheap Tennis Balls?
Believe it or not, discount tennis balls are widely available, and require little effort on your part to find. The following locations are usually brimming with both new and used tennis equipment, and will be further explained later in this article:
- Garage Sales
- Resale Stores
Of all the above options, garage sales have proven to result in the best money-saving value. During the warmer months, garage sales should be common in suburban areas. Families in a hurry to get rid of their unneeded possessions will hold garage sales early in the spring, as soon as the weather is suitable to do so. Conveniently, this coincides with the start of the tennis season. You will usually strike the best deals at this time, because the homeowners are more concerned about getting rid of their tennis balls than making a serious profit off them. Prices can range from absolutely free to 30 cents a ball (a significant savings based on the prices of brand new balls sold in stores). Be sure to test the balls' weight and bouncing ability to verify that you are in fact making a good investment.
eBay & Craigslist
Both eBay and Craigslist are websites that can, in a way, be considered a virtual garage sale. They still offer the same low prices that you would see at an actual garage sale, but remember to consider an added shipping cost in your purchase (this applies to eBay, not necessarily Craigslist).
When using Craigslist to arrange a time and location to pick up the tennis balls that you wish to acquire, make sure it occurs in a safe locale with an abundance of onlookers. Craigslist robberies, though rare and unlikely, are still a threat, and it would be unfortunate for this article to have set you up in such a situation.
Resale stores, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, offer donated goods at prices discounted from their current market value. Though tennis balls at resale stores will certainly be cheaper than new ones, their quality will generally be unsuitable for serious play. Used sporting goods sold at resale stores are usually bruised to the point that they do not live up to a standard worth paying for. That said, it is suggested that you try the above two methods of obtaining discounted tennis balls before looking in resale stores.