Building a home golf simulator can be incredibly expensive. In fact, golf itself is an expensive sport.
If you’re building a golf simulator in your home to improve your game, I always recommend purchasing the best quality launch monitor that you can afford while saving some money on less important items.
The Garmin Approach R10 launch monitor is already an incredible value but you can potentially save a little more money by buying a used Garmin R10.
There are multiple sources for buying used launch monitors like the Garmin R10 which range from online retailers, auction sites, and private Facebook groups.
In this article I’m going to break down all of these sources to hopefully help you save some money on a used Garmin R10.
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Buy Your Used Garmin R10 from 2nd Swing Golf
This source is my first choice for buying used launch monitors because you are able to buy directly from a reputable company for a flat price.
If you haven’t heard of 2nd Swing Golf, they are an online retailer that specializes in buying and selling used golf equipment. You could even trade in your old golf clubs (or other gear) towards purchasing your used Garmin R10.
They will give you a rating on the condition of the launch monitor from 1 to 10 and a flat price.
2nd Swing also has relationships with some launch monitor manufacturers so you can often find “open box” items that are essentially brand new.
Check the rating and be sure to read the description for details on the launch monitor.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for be sure to check back often as their inventory changes frequently.
Bid on a Used Garmin R10 on eBay
People often forget about the largest auction site on the internet, eBay. It’s a “somewhat” safe source depending on the seller you buy from.
Many eBay sellers are actual businesses and not individuals. Check their seller rating and read reviews from their previous transactions.
As long as you use a normal payment method for your purchase you should be covered under eBay’s Buyer Protection Program that will help you get your money back if there’s something wrong with your purchase.
NEVER pay for an eBay item outside of eBay such as using cash in person or mailing a check.
You can almost always find a Garmin R10 for sale on eBay since they are so popular.
Check Amazon for Used Items
You wouldn’t think of Amazon as a source for used items but there actually are some used launch monitors available from time to time.
Search for Garmin R10 and then look for the Condition filter to select “used”.
Resale Groups on Facebook
Joining a Facebook group focused on golf simulator gear will help you find a ton of individuals building out their own home golf simulators and frequently are looking to buy or sell components like launch monitors.
Joining a Facebook group is different than just searching Facebook Marketplace.
I recommend the Golf Simulator – Used Gear – Buy/Sell/Trade group since it is focused on used gear.
This can be a great source to find a pre-owned Garmin R10 but you have to be very careful to avoid scammers.
The group administrator will do their best to kick out any suspicious or known scammers but they are impossible to keep out completely.
The group rules require a photo of the item including a handwritten note with the seller’s name and date. This is because a handwritten note in a photo is pretty difficult (not impossible) to photoshop in.
If the seller is local to you that’s great. You can meet up and check out the item before paying.
If the seller is shipping you the item you need to be even more careful. You should only pay for the item using PayPal Goods & Services because of its buyer protection.
Additionally, it’s good practice to get on a video call with the seller so that you can confirm the seller has it in their position and you can see them turn it on or demonstrate that it’s working.
There are plenty of deals on used launch monitors in these groups but you do need to take precautions when buying from people you don’t know on the internet!
Simulator Golf Tour Classified Channels on Discord
Within their Discord they have two threads for Classifieds:
WTB stands for “want to buy”.
You can jump into these threads and see if any members have what you’re looking for.
The folks here are all going to be big golf simulator enthusiasts and pretty active within the GSPro community but you’re still going to want to take every precaution you would as if you were buying from someone off of Facebook.
Jump into these threads and see if you can find the used Garmin R10 you’re looking for…
If you’re looking to make the most of your budget there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to take advantage of buying a used Garmin R10 for your golf simulator.
I highly recommend you buy your used launch monitor from a reputable company like 2nd Swing.
If they don’t have any Garmin R10’s now, check back often to see if any have come in.
If you’re looking to take advantage of some of the other sources I listed above just do your best to take precautions and avoid any of those internet scammers out there!
Once you’ve got your Garmin R10 you’ll definitely want to check out GSPro Simulation Software and get it connected!