Thursday, September 1, 2011
Found, Cheap GPS!
Want to give geocaching a try but don't have the money to spend on a hand-held GPS? Try looking at your local used book store. Stuff moves in and out of those places quickly so you'll probably have to keep an eye out on a somewhat consistent basis.... you may happen to strike gold like I did this afternoon!
Our used book store happens to be right next to the dollar store, the fabric store, and the craft store. All places I frequent quite often. So every once and a while I find myself browsing the book store for postcard books. (There is an Ansel Adams postcard book I've had my eye on for months now! But I can't justify buying MORE postcards). Anyway getting to the point... I happened to walk past the electronic section and something yellow caught my eye. A GPS. The exact one I use... and the exact one my sister has lost (She lost hers, not mine). I can't remember what she did to it, left it in the car or something? Anyway, her GPS is toast and since she's been doing a lot of mountain biking, she wanted a replacement but couldn't afford it.
I checked the GPS with a pair of borrowed batteries and it worked just fine. In fact, it doesn't even seem like it has been used at ALL. The protective sticker is still on the screen and there are no signs of use. The bracket thing is still on the back and the lanyard wasn't connected. It had no box, but did have the booklets. It's missing a USB cord - but who doesn't have a few of those around the house. Anyway, A brand spankin' new GPS that cost around 120 bucks on Amazon for.... 30 dollars! Awesome.
So if your looking for a GPS for yourself, or an extra one for the family check your local used book store and see if they sell electronics. Keep your eyes out for an awesome deal! I'd even buy an actual used one for 30 bucks! And while paperless caching is awesome, keep in mind you do not need the fanciest GPS for geocaching. This one will do just fine - I've found 700 caches with mine!