There are several places to buy baseball bats. We’ve bought from just about everyone over the years. Below is our preference in order of the prices we check.
Ebay Is my go to for price checks and deals on baseball and softball bats. Auctions prices can rarely be beat—and it usually isn’t close.
Two cautions must be made:
- Many of the bats sold on ebay are 3rd party and do not come with a valid warranty. If you are buying new it could be a HUGE factor. Check if the bat comes with a valid receipt. If not, make sure your discount is accordingly.
- As well, another caution, the purchasing experience on ebay is only as good as the individual seller makes it and that sometimes means more work than you bargained for.
With that said, there are plenty of reputable sellers on ebay and if you can be patient enough to wait for an auction to close on the exact bat you want you can expect to save a significant amount.
Search like this for the best deals. (Sort by price or ending soonest).
Amazon is the second place I look for bat prices. And while the buying experience may be a bit more predictable than ebay the lack of auctions and sometimes lack of selection put it at 2nd place on the list of best places to buy.
However, if you are looking for a mainstream bat (and sometimes not so mainstream) amazon is a great place to check prices because they are always very competitive. As well, if you have Amazon Prime then looking for Prime sellers and the free shipping are a nice bonus.
The biggest single player in the online bat space (with the possible exception of Amazon) is justbats.com. The selection here is endless and the user reviews, while often shallow and remarkably unhelpful, often give some legit direction.
As well, the buyer experience here is often fantastic with free return shipping on bats that don’t fit like we may have thought. As well, they provide valid receipts and quick shipping if you need nearly any bat made in the last year or so.
The disadvantages here is that prices are rarely the cheapest (see ebay and amazon) and, to my biggest compliant, they unload many of their older models of their bats on ebay until they are fresh out of some great oldies but goodies. But their business model survives and survives well because they do both of those things and I can’t hope to have my cake and eat it too.
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The rest of the online bat sites have a real hard time standing out but they are always worth price checking if you’re about to spend several hundred dollars on a baseball or softball bat. Some of them only offer free shipping on certain order sizes. Others also offer free shipping to and fro if you want to return without a restocking fee…others don’t.