Now, as the season winds down and ends, it is a good time to buy a bow. Much like new cars, new bows come out every year. In order for the sellers of bows to make room for the new bows they need to get rid of last year’s new bows. So these retailers will sell their overstocked bows at a discount around this time of year.
You and I don’t care if our new bow is a 2013 or a 2014 model. Some new bows from each year are good, and some are bad.
So, now is the time to buy a new bow.
Actually midway through the season was probably the best time to buy a new bow because midway though the season the retailers were already dropping their prices, and yet still had lots of bows to sell.
Around now, December, many bow models may well be sold out.
It may not be available anymore, but PSE’s Brute X is a good 2013 bow ($500). It weighed too much at 4.7 pounds, but it was excellent otherwise. If you can find one, I’d recommend it. (But do throw the sight and quiver that come with the package deal away and get better versions. The Whisker Biscuit, stabilizer, and wrist strap are good though.)
In my brief time spent setting up bows in a bow shop, I’ve heard of two guys who shot bucks with bows that I set up. And I think that both were shot with Brute X bows. (I should have asked them to send me pictures to post here, but maybe I’ll hear of more.)
I did recently happen across an interesting website that discusses bows and how they are sold.
Their “Bow Selection Guide” is very informative and interesting. I suggest reading the whole thing.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the comparison between bow brands; starting with this:
YOU MAY BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A MIND-ALTERING DEVICE: The archery industry is often plagued by a “better than your bow” mentality – as brand loyalty sometimes gets out of hand. Some bow manufacturers even seem to develop a cult-like following of shooters – who’ll openly malign any other brand of bows (just visit an online archery forum). This is unfortunate for beginning archers who’ll surely hear brand-biased advice, which may or may not be helpful (or accurate). Of course, this kind of brand bias is to be expected. In fact, the expensive process of training you to prefer one brand over another is precisely the point of most marketing campaigns.
In any case, you absolutely do not want to buy a used bow.
DO NOT BUY A USED COMPOUND BOW!
Every single used bow that I have seen to get worked on in the shop has been worse than my now 15 year old first bow.
Nearly all need new strings and cables ($120), many smell bad, many have issues, hardly any can be adjusted to fit the new owner.
“But the guy who sold it to me said that it was worth $300 and he sold it to me for $150! Isn’t that a great deal?”
Sure. But if you gave that bow to me I’d be happy to sell it for $20.
I don’t want a used, beat up, smelly, bow that does not, and will never fit me.
This past year you could have bought a Bear Encounter Package for less than $400. That cheap new bow is massively better than any ten year old bow, and still better than most five year old bows.
The only reason for which you should consider a used bow is if your best friend buys the newest bow each year and you get his last year’s model.
For any other reason, never buy a used bow. If you still want to consider doing so, may I suggest blowing that $150 on alcohol or something else instead?
Compound bows do not increase in value, their worth drops like a rock as they age. But you need a good bow and $400-$600 for just the bow, or a bow package that you’ll need to have some things replaced on will have you well sorted until you decide to buy another bow (5+ years).