Common Mistakes When Buying A Board (DRAFT)
I. COMMON MISTAKES WHEN BUYING A BOARD
a. Buying a board without doing proper research. Knowledge is power. Do not buy a board without first doing research.
b. Cost. Buying an expensive board because you think higher retail price equals a higher quality product. Even if you were to assume this was true, a really expensive board may be a very poor choice for YOU and the type of riding your going to be doing. Again, do your research.
c. Buying a board by length alone. More on this in other posts.
d. Buying a board by brand. “I am going to buy a Burton because they are the best!” or “I am going to buy anything but a Burton because everyone has a Burton board!” Exercising this type of decision making is really poor judgment. Don’t do it.
e. Taking advice from people who have no idea what they are talking about. There are far too many people out there who think they are “experts”. Consult multiple sources. Don’t rely on a single source - including this website!
f. Falling for a sales pitch. If you’ve done proper research and narrowed your board choices down to a few options, stick to your guns. Often people spend months researching a new deck and change their mind after a five-minute sales pitch from the local shop. If you are confident in the boards you think will be best for you, don’t be easily wooed into purchasing something else that just happens to be in stock at the shop. They might be trying desperately to get rid of something. They may also be giving you solid advice. Again, do your research.
g. Buying a used board. This can be iffy. You can never, ever be sure how many days a board has actually been used, or if there is any internal damage to the core. You can also get some great deals going used.
FAQ CONTINUES AT THE "How Do I figure out what kind of board to get?" THREAD
Much of this information was paraphrased from an article written by Chris Uriarte, Mark Helwig and David O’Malley. Some of it is even directly quoted from them. We are taking no credit for being the original authors of this work, and give credit to Chris, Mark and David. Thanks, guys.
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Last edited by sedition; 11-23-2008 at 03:01 PM.