The world of laser tag keeps getting bigger as the technology evolves. If you're thinking of purchasing your own laser tag equipment, watch out. A brand-new model may become obsolete by the time you finish your first game. One solution is to buy a used game set and sell or replace it when something more powerful comes along. Learn which game features are crucial and which are passing fads.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Shop at flea markets or garage sales for used home laser tag sets. These should come with two tagger guns and two body sensor packs.
Ask at your local arena or outdoor facility whether they have any used equipment for sale. They may sell off their old game pieces when they upgrade to new ones.
Browse laser tag gamers' message boards online. Some of these act as free classifieds.
Shop online at "used" outlets, such as Amazon or eBay, for indoor or outdoor equipment (see Resources below). Indoor sets will cost less and not be as powerful as more rugged items meant for outdoor play or military simulation.
Post a "laser tag equipment wanted" message on an online site such as craigslist.com or on a bulletin board at a game facility or video arcade (see Resources below).
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Select an inexpensive home unit for impromptu games of backyard warfare with two players.
Spend more and get a more advanced home system for experienced players, such as those with multiple game formats or indoor/outdoor capabilities.
Buy outdoor team laser tag equipment for league play or as entertainment for family reunions or barbecues. Regulation teams are usually four per side. Consider this an investment.
Select the most accurate and most expensive realistic-looking equipment for high-level play and simulated military mission practice.
Buy the Best Used Equipment
Tips and warnings
- Buy the right tool for the job. Units meant for indoor play won't work well outdoors at all, thanks to lighting conditions and a wider field of play. Conversely, outdoor units won't perform optimally inside the house.
- Have AA or AAA carbon batteries on hand if your unit needs them. Used laser tag sets may not come with the original demo batteries.
- Go in on a more expensive used set with a friend, or buy one for a club, such as scouts.
- Buying "used" sometimes means "abused," so check on your seller's return policy before you buy.
- Even used equipment can be a steep investment. Make sure you really like laser tag before you commit to ownership.
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