The Wise Bread blog points out that with people moving for a variety of financial reasons these days, it can be a good time to buy used exercise equipment, if you're not too predatory. If you're looking to keep a New Year's resolution or just start a home gym, taking a peek through Craigslist or your local real estate flyer can open up some opportunities for buying cheaper than new. As Wise Bread points out, your local realtors might also have some bargains:
If you are aware of the hardship that exercise equipment can cause, offer a fair price for the equipment (many times fitness machines have also been given as payment for moving services.) By buying it directly from the homeowner, they are getting a better deal than if they sold it to a second-hand exercise shop, and you will pay far less, as well. You can also talk to realtors and "stagers" in your area, as they often use equipment in walk-throughs and model homes. Once they no longer need it, however, it often gets thrown away or put into storage for a lofty fee.
It's pretty bad karma to leap on every displaced homeowner with low-ball prices, of course, and buying equipment you don't need or won't use isn't worth any price. But in many cases, just having someone to haul away some heavy equipment is a benefit to someone in the midst of moving out.