Electric skateboards are all the rage right now thanks to famous YouTubers like Casey Neistat who has adopted the mode of transportation as his ideal way to commute through New York City. Having picked up a Boosted Board V2 Dual+ model just a month ago, I can personally vouch for the tremendous fun and quality of the product that is a Boosted Board, but the price surely isn't feasible for many consumer budgets.
In a case like this where you are strapped for cash but want an electric skateboard, you can do one of two things. First off, you can opt for a cheap Boosted Board alternative and save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars while settling for a lesser quality board and riding experience.
The other option is to utilize one of the five places to find a used, pre-owned or refurbished Boosted Board that I've listed in the remainder of this article. Not all methods will have units in stock, but depending on your timing, you could score a great deal on a genuine Boosted Board that has some minor wear and tear from the previous owner.
As always, keep in mind that Boosted Boards and electric skateboards can be dangerous even when used responsibly (another pedestrian/vehicle can easily be the cause of an accident). If you aren't wearing proper protective gear like a helmet and get into an accident, things can go very wrong, very fast. Please read up on our other article to learn about the best helmets for the Boosted Board and other electric skateboards for more information.
The Best Places To Find Used Boosted Boards
Is there a better place to buy a used board than from the manufacturer? Boosted Boards has sold “gently used and refurbished boards for a limited time” in the past. Unfortunately, the initial refurbished sale has ended, but that doesn't mean that the company will keep from putting up used/refurbished boards for sale in the future via their online store. Previous sales of their used section saw hundreds of dollars in savings on their 1st generation models along with the standard 6-month warranty that matches any new Boosted Board purchase.
When you think of buying pre-owned items, eBay is likely one of the first places that come to mind, and that shouldn't change with buying used Boosted Boards. Depending on the timing of when you are ready to buy, you should be able to find several used boards available through the service.
At the time this article was updated (June 2019), there are 47 used Boosted Boards actively for sale on the network and 207 used Boosted Boards sold through eBay the past 60 days, most with significant discounts. Keep in mind with any eBay transaction to verify seller's reputation, and feedback as a deal that is too good to be true often is especially if the auction is listed from a new account.
While most people take to Amazon to buy new products (and they do sell brand new Boosted Board V2 Dual+ models), it is also a great resource to find used goods from third-party sellers. A quick search for ‘Boosted Board' in the retailer's catalog brought up three used models for sale.
Some quick research showed that only one seemed to be a real opportunity to buy a used Boosted Board (we recommend avoiding any ‘just launched' seller on a purchase this large). As long as you do your research, Amazon is a great place to score a deal on a used or refurbished board with third-party sellers adding new units regularly.
For those unfamiliar with Reddit, it is a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website that also has a thriving Boosted Boards ‘subreddit'. Within this discussion board, you'll find all sorts of advice, stories, and dialogue surrounding all things Boosted Boards, but this is also an excellent resource for people to unload their gently used boards to a new home without dealing with the added fees from eBay or Amazon.
Just like in any situation where you are buying from a third-party or private seller, do your research before sending any money to a potential seller (ask questions, request photos, etc.) and send your payment securely through a service like PayPal to ensure the safety of your purchase.
Most of you probably heard or even used the free classifieds website, Craigslist. Depending on where you live, you can enter your local craigslist and search for ‘Boosted Board' to see if anyone is selling their pre-owned locally. I wasn't able to find any in my local Tampa Bay area, but a quick search showed me that someone was selling a gently used V1 Dual+ model within a couple of hours driving distance from my area.
Craigslist is notorious for scammers and even potentially dangerous situations so as always do your research on the deal and only agree to purchase a board in a public setting such as a mall parking to further protect your purchase. Don't be afraid to walk away from a deal that appears to be too good to be true as it can save you a lot of headaches.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.