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Don't Get Burned By a Used Tanning Bed

By Kristie Brown

The convenience of tanning at home is just one reason consumers might shop for a used tanning bed. Whatever the reason, if you're in the market for one, there are a few things you should consider as you begin your search. If you know what to watch out for, you'll get a quality bed at a reasonable price. Here's how:

Do Your Homework

Shopping for a tanning bed is similar to shopping for a car. Just like a car, the seller may or may not reveal all that he or she knows about the bed. Be sure to do some research on the make, model and year of the bed you are thinking about purchasing. Be sure there are no major defects or problems with that type of bed also.

Why is This Tanning Bed for Sale?

Be sure to ask the seller a few questions. Why is the sunbed for sale? If it is because it's difficult to get parts for, then you might want to keep looking because the bed is probably older and considered unsafe. Older models might require bulbs that emit dangerous UV-A rays that are known to cause skin cancer. Newer beds use bulbs that emit safer UV-B rays.

Another question to ask the seller is about any remaining warranties. Many tanning beds come with a one year full warranty or a lifetime limited warranty. Buying a used model may render it defective and not repairable under warranty. Also, be sure to inquire whether all the parts function properly. If a timer doesn't work or a bulb sometimes doesn't come on, it is probably best to move on with your search.

There are a lot of quality used tanning beds around but, just like used cars, you may have to look at several before you find the one that works best for you.

New vs. Used

You might consider the benefits of buying a new tanning bed. Unlike with many cars, models are often not much more expensive than their used counterparts. You can be more assured that a new bed will meet or exceed the most recent safety standards and that you will have, at the minimum, a one year full warranty. That is not guaranteed with a used model.

New or used, a tanning bed can bring years of enjoyment to you and your family. Just be sure to be a smart consumer so that you don't get burned on your purchase...and in a literal sense as well.
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