Managing the gear requirements of our student athletes
Written by Teresa on December 19, 2016
Student athletes may find it hard to get the proper equipment depending on the sport they practice. Some are interested in paying as little money as possible, whereas others are looking to invest in something worth the while. Rumor has it that a high quality is synonymous with a high price. While I’m not here to argue with this statement, I’ve seen there are several exceptions. Say, for instance, that you’re looking to buy some shin guards for basketball, soccer, or baseball. Would you go to the first store that shows up in your way or would you rather spend several hours doing your own research online?
When you’re managing a team of athletes, it can be very hard to get all of the equipment at a price that doesn’t ruin your entire budget. In my experience, you have to combine the two methods I’ve mentioned earlier on. Go to stores and ask about discounts and whether the representatives are willing to offer you special prices just because you’re going to buy a dozen shin guards instead of just one. If they’re unwilling to do so, you’re best with the offers that you’ll find online.
The next thing I’d like to discuss is whether you should decide on a well-known brand or buy a cheap item from a relatively unknown one. I’ll give you another example. My son plays the guitar and, he was looking for a mini headstock tuner. He was initially considering purchasing one from D’Addario, a reputable company that’s been manufacturing strings and all sorts of gear destined for bass and guitar players. He wanted to order it from eBay because it was simpler for him at the time. Of course, the D’Addario unit was way more expensive than the others, so he had to mull over the matter for several days before actually making an order. In the end, he settled for a lower-priced item that did the same thing. What managed to convince him he should buy the cheaper version instead of invest in a high-end tuner? Well, the simple answer to this question is that he had a look at the reviews that other players had left for the item and for the seller. The reputation of this person was so impressive, and there were so many people speaking highly about the performance of the tuner that he didn’t have any second thoughts.
I apply the same principles when it comes to purchasing equipment for my student athletes. I spend a lot of time reading the user reviews, which might be a disadvantage, but it does manage to get me a better price.