It is fairly simple to locate pool tables for sale. New tables can be quite expensive, depending on the quality and size of the table. Used pool tables can usually be picked up fairly cheaply, and they are often still in good condition. Many families enjoy playing a game of pool together over the weekend, or after dinner once the kids homework is finished.
So, should you buy a brand new or a used one? Probably the answer to that question will depend a lot on how much you have to invest in a pool table. Look around and see what is available in the newspapers and online before making your final decision. You should take into consideration what size you want, if it’s design is important and how much you are willing to pay for the table.
As with buying any second hand equipment or furniture, you need to be extra careful when buying a used pool table. Sometimes families sell tables once their children grow up and move away from home; these are often still in near pristine condition. Buying one that has been subjected to a lot of wear and tear is more risky. Make sure you play a game on the table, and inspect it before paying for it.
The main thing is to make sure the surface of the table is unmarred. It should be even, otherwise the play will not be even. There should not be any bumps, nicks or tears in the cloth. If it is your first pool table, have someone come along with you who knows what to watch out for when making your purchase.
Most people who are selling second hand tables will also let you have the sticks and the pool balls, and other accessories for free–especially if they will have no further use for them. Shops will also often provide you with the needed accessories as well; and that can help save quite a bit of money. After all, while Lobster tennis ball machines are fairly inexpensive, pool tables–even used ones–are not.