If you're in the market to buy a treadmill, your timing couldn't be better. Treadmills are giving you more value for your money every year. In fact according to a recent Runner's World article:
"Today's treadmills are better than ever. In particular, most brands have improved their stability and controls. Meanwhile, they continue to offer a dazzling variety of features."
If you're buying a treadmill no doubt you want to get the best price. Having been researching and reviewing treadmills for over 3 years, I've seen some killer treadmill deals and some completely overblown, overpriced treadmills.
I've also seen the same treadmill offered at vastly different prices - sometimes the difference is as much as $800! And people are still buying the overpriced treadmills!
There are ways to getting the best price on a high quality home treadmill that many people don't know about. So to help you save some money, here are 3 key tips to getting the best price on your treadmill:
#1 Buy Online
If you want to save money, buy online. This is the case with most items from computers to DVD's to electronics and especially treadmills. Because when you buy online, the treadmill dealer doesn't have to pay to rent a storefront, pay salespeople, pay hydro, heat, etc.
They can ship directly from their warehouse. This saves them a lot of money and in turn these savings are passed on to you in the form of lower prices.
Obviously you don't want to just buy from anyone online. Make sure the online treadmill dealer offers secure ordering, prevalent contact information (phone numbers, email, online help, address), at least a 30 day money back guarantee and of course - high quality treadmills. It also helps if they offer customer and/or expert testimonials.
#2 Buy Direct From the Treadmill Brand Manufacturer
Buying direct from the treadmill manufacturer means you skip the middleman (i.e. the store), which always has to mark up an item to make their profit (and pay their employees, rent, etc.) There are several treadmill manufacturers that sell online direct to the consumer at wholesale prices and it's a great way to get a brand name treadmill for a discount price.
Also, if you watch closely, many manufacturers will drop their prices even more when they are phasing out a certain treadmill. I've seen a $1500 treadmill go for $899 when the manufacturer was trying to close the model out.
Again, make sure these treadmill dealers offer secure ordering, prevalent contact information, at least a 30 day money back guarantee and high quality treadmills.
#3 Save on Shipping and Sales Tax
Whether it's an online store or an online treadmill manufacturer, many online dealers offer you free shipping. Some offer free shipping all the time whereas others offer it at certain times of the month.
Shipping your treadmill can cost you as much as $200 - so why pay for it if you can get it free? I've yet to see an actual store offer free shipping on treadmills - it's always an add on at the cash register.
Another area where you can save money is on sales tax. Many online dealers won't charge you sales tax (depending on the state) which can also save you a considerable amount on your treadmill.