Rackets have gone up in price

bjk

Hall of Fame
I used to be able to find a decent used Yonex for less than $100 on eBuy and now I can't find anything for less than $150. I think Covid has turned everybody into a tennis player.
 

kailash

Professional
I used to be able to find a decent used Yonex for less than $100 on eBuy and now I can't find anything for less than $150. I think Covid has turned everybody into a tennis player.
Maybe not because of Covid. A new racquet now costs between $200 and $250 USD. Hence used also have gone up in price.

Surprisingly the one that hasn't changed is the Head Microgel Radical; still $89 for the new ones!
 

fundrazer

Legend
Cost of tennis gear overall has inflated since I started playing around 2007. Apparel, shoes, racquets, you name it. Then we get all excited when racquets go on sale, except they're marked down to what was a normal price for a brand new racquet even just a few years back.

Can still find good used deals though. Either here on the boards or the bay.
 

Purestriker

New User
I used to be able to find a decent used Yonex for less than $100 on eBuy and now I can't find anything for less than $150. I think Covid has turned everybody into a tennis player.
There is a significant inventory shortage on new equipment. Local shops have been waiting on new shipments for a while, that along with the growth in Tennis has driven prices up. If you want a racket, get it now because it could be a while before one is available again.
 
Tennis equipment has always been expensive, and people wonder why it is considered an “elite” sport. Shoes are in the 150 range, and new racquets in the 250 range? I think 200 per new racquet was the standard, but now companies take advantage and make a “pro” line and bump up the most popular racquet’s price by 20-50 bucks. The standard pure aero is the most expensive solely because of its popularity
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
There is a significant inventory shortage on new equipment. Local shops have been waiting on new shipments for a while, that along with the growth in Tennis has driven prices up. If you want a racket, get it now because it could be a while before one is available again.
I guess you haven't seen the dozens of racquets that go up weekly at 1/2 to 3/4 of new prices here in our classifieds.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Tennis equipment has always been expensive, and people wonder why it is considered an “elite” sport. Shoes are in the 150 range, and new racquets in the 250 range? I think 200 per new racquet was the standard, but now companies take advantage and make a “pro” line and bump up the most popular racquet’s price by 20-50 bucks. The standard pure aero is the most expensive solely because of its popularity
Pure Aero is 229, same as Wilson Clash, Yonex Ezone 98 not the most expensive in it's category or overall.
 
Pickleball paddles go for $200. Tell me how that makes any sense? It's a glorified ping pong paddle used to hit a whiffle ball. What R&D needs to go into that?
A good ping pong paddle can cost $200 too. When I played competitively, a sheet of rubber could cost $30/sheet, and that was 30 years ago. Plus, you need 2 sheets and a good paddle too.
 

franks

Rookie
When tennis racquets were $200 and under, I used to buy two racquets a year and paid full price for them. Now I buy two racquets every three years and wait until they are heavily discounted.

I hit with a friend of mine's 20-25 years old racquet, it does not play any different(to me) than the newer models. We all like to play with the latest, the latest is not necessarily better.

I read a long time ago that Pete Sampras used to play with 15 year old model? Please correct me if I am wrong, I am only repeating what I have read.
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
When tennis racquets were $200 and under, I used to buy two racquets a year and paid full price for them. Now I buy two racquets every three years and wait until they are heavily discounted.

I hit with a friend of mine's 20-25 years old racquet, it does not play any different(to me) than the newer models. We all like to play with the latest, the latest is not necessarily better.

I read a long time ago that Pete Sampras used to play with 15 year old model? Please correct me if I am wrong, I am only repeating what I have read.
The new rackets are better. Sampras has said that he should've changed rackets sooner. It's true that pros play with old rackets under paint jobs but that's just what they're comfortable with, not what's the best racket.
 

etd

Rookie
Maybe not because of Covid. A new racquet now costs between $200 and $250 USD. Hence used also have gone up in price.

Surprisingly the one that hasn't changed is the Head Microgel Radical; still $89 for the new ones!
I think most of the Head racquets recently went up $10 in price. So the Microgel Radical is now $99.

But yes, racquets are getting more expensive. The price increases are worse for bicycles.
 
Just bought new prestige youtek mp for 90$. Frankly, I never understood people who are willing to pay 200$+ for a new stick, let alone used one.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
A good ping pong paddle can cost $200 too. When I played competitively, a sheet of rubber could cost $30/sheet, and that was 30 years ago. Plus, you need 2 sheets and a good paddle too.
That also makes little sense to me. I've also seen badminton rackets go for ridiculous high prices despite the absolute minimum of tech within. I think they just surf off tennis rackets pricing and try to justify it as "well all good rackets cost this much".
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
Of course new rackets are better. I have five different Yonex's and the new Yonex obviously play better than the old Yonex. It's ridiculous to think that you could play just as well with a 25 year old racket. I've play tested scores of rackets and there is no comparison. It's true that old rackets can feel more comfortable but they're not going to be as consistent or have as large a sweet spot.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
The prices that these manufacturers are charging for rackets nowadays are completely out of line. I had a problem spending 200 for a frame. Now some of the manufacturers are charging 250! And let's be completely honest here. Racket technology really hasn't gotten any better in like the last 10 years. Every couple of years every manufacturer has to come up with a new marketing gimmick to sell more stock. So imo... nowadays it's all marketing gimmicks. These frames that are 220 to 250 aren't any better than the frames they were kicking out 5 to 10 years ago. And if people think that they are... then they're the suckers that these greedy manufacturers are aiming for.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Of course new rackets are better. I have five different Yonex's and the new Yonex obviously play better than the old Yonex. It's ridiculous to think that you could play just as well with a 25 year old racket. I've play tested scores of rackets and there is no comparison. It's true that old rackets can feel more comfortable but they're not going to be as consistent or have as large a sweet spot.
I can play just as well with POG 107 as i can with any of my modern rackets. That's 25 year old technology. With a consistent response and large sweet spot.
 

franks

Rookie
Of course new rackets are better. I have five different Yonex's and the new Yonex obviously play better than the old Yonex. It's ridiculous to think that you could play just as well with a 25 year old racket. I've play tested scores of rackets and there is no comparison. It's true that old rackets can feel more comfortable but they're not going to be as consistent or have as large a sweet spot.
If you truly believe that, buy yourself a couple of new racquets, and maybe they'll turn you into a club champion or maybe a national champion, and with any luck you might be playing in the US Open. We need to be optimistic.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
The US dollar has dropped over 10% from the highs around a year ago and there is worldwide commodity inflation. There are additional costs due to COVID for manufacturing.

The thing I've noticed is that the big online place has a case of US Open XD balls for $144. TW has it for $95 but it doesn't include shipping. I'm a bit worried about shortages of tennis balls late spring. So I ordered enough to get me through the summer. It's kind of like buying toilet paper last spring.
 
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movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I remember getting a look of astonishment when I beat a couple guys in doubles who always beat me and I was using the POG 107. They noticed the unusual frame and I told them it was a 25 year old POG. They were shocked that I took them down with a racket with that old technology.

It's the player, not the racket.
I think that would be a little harder with my 40-year-old racquets.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I think that would be a little harder with my 40-year-old racquets.
Graphite made the biggest difference to tennis followed by polyester strings. Everything else has largely been window dressing and shifting weight around.

That being said I was in a "woodies" tournament and went from being the worst player there with modern frames to the best player there with a wooden racket. I was also the only person there that started playing tennis with wood so my brain adapted faster to the old technology.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Graphite made the biggest difference to tennis followed by polyester strings. Everything else has largely been window dressing and shifting weight around.

That being said I was in a "woodies" tournament and went from being the worst player there with modern frames to the best player there with a wooden racket. I was also the only person there that started playing tennis with wood so my brain adapted faster to the old technology.
It still takes me some time adjusting. The hardest thing is the volleys. The sweet spot on my Head Pros is the size of a dime.
 

franks

Rookie
It still takes me some time adjusting. The hardest thing is the volleys. The sweet spot on my Head Pros is the size of a dime.
Try a softer string and lower the tension, it will enlarge the sweet spot.

A softer string will enlarge the sweet spot.

Lower tension will enlarge the sweet spot.

You can try either or both.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Try a softer string and lower the tension, it will enlarge the sweet spot.

A softer string will enlarge the sweet spot.

Lower tension will enlarge the sweet spot.

You can try either or both.
It's extremely difficult explaining how this particular racquet played but a tiny racquet head will have a tiny sweet spot.

The strings in these racquets are 40 years old. I'd guess that there's been a lot of tension loss over those 40 years.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Graphite made the biggest difference to tennis followed by polyester strings. Everything else has largely been window dressing and shifting weight around.

That being said I was in a "woodies" tournament and went from being the worst player there with modern frames to the best player there with a wooden racket. I was also the only person there that started playing tennis with wood so my brain adapted faster to the old technology.
Do you (now) have a “windshield wiper” FH?
And.... Xer or Boomer? Just trying to see if I’m addressing a contemporary or senior. :laughing:

The POG 107 was a sweet stick in its day. Still is!
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Do you (now) have a “windshield wiper” FH?
And.... Xer or Boomer? Just trying to see if I’m addressing a contemporary or senior. :laughing:

The POG 107 was a sweet stick in its day. Still is!
I'm one month too old to be an X'er but I still relate more to Gen X than the Boomers. You'll catch me listening a lot more to Pearl Jam than the Beetles.

I do swing with a Semi Western FH that is more modern than my old straight arm eastern FH. More akin to Agassi than Nadal (or Lendl for that matter).
 

Crocodile

Legend
Prices have gone up with racquets, cars and real estate.
However if you are prepared to pay the high prices they are asking for certain brands, they will stay that way, Tennis Warehouse have excellent deals on Pro Kennex for instance, and they are great racquets. I’d be looking there.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Head prices all took like a $10 increase. Gravity, radical, prestige, speed, all took an increase. I’ll have to be buying from E Bay from now on if I want a frame for a decent price, unless TW gets a sale. I hope Wilson doesn’t follow suit and raise their prices, the clash and pro staff are already a little expensive for what they offer.
 

Deki

Rookie
everything will be jumping in price. Serious inflation.
a container on the ocean was $600 in 2019-2020
its $1800-$3000 now.
FOR shipmentS to EU, price for container is 5.000 $ and will remain the same in 2021. In 2020 was 900 $.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Ordered a case of US Opens and four grommets for my 2010 racquets and they arrived today. So I will be using old racquets for a couple of years and then look around again.
 

ichaseballs

Rookie
I used to be able to find a decent used Yonex for less than $100 on eBuy and now I can't find anything for less than $150. I think Covid has turned everybody into a tennis player.
tennis spin says his sales have gone up since covid.
makes sense
 

kailash

Professional
I think most of the Head racquets recently went up $10 in price. So the Microgel Radical is now $99.

But yes, racquets are getting more expensive. The price increases are worse for bicycles.
Oh...ok. Head top ones are now $249 in US! Gone up!!

Still $99 is a good deal. And ProKennex 5G/7G are $129 for a long time.
 

cmmarcoux

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