How to Buy a Push Scooter on eBay

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How to Buy a Push Scooter on eBay

Push scooters for both adults and children have become more and more popular on eBay since about 2001. The latest versions are more compact and lighter than their forebears. The range of push scooters today is much wider than in years gone by. 

With such a wide range, eBay is the ideal place to search the market for the perfect scooter for you or your kids, either new or pre-owned.

Push scooters are becoming so popular that it is not uncommon to find parking racks for scooters only at schools, and not just primary schools. You will see commuters unfolding push scooters as they step out of tube, metro and train stations.  As well as being fun, push scooters are also a rational and environmentally positive form of transport.

When you are searching on eBay, look out for push scooters made of aluminium with small wheels and handles. These are easy to fold such that the whole device can be stashed in a backpack or rucksack.  These are generally held to be the original push scooters (also known as ‘kick scooters’).

You will also find stunt scooters on eBay. These have fixed, non-folding handlebars, known as ‘bars’, and cool paint-jobs. These push scooters are very much influenced by skate park culture.

Before you buy, it’s a good idea to get to know a bit more about the push scooter market so that you can figure out how much to spend.

What is a Modern Push Scooter?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a scooter as: A child’s toy consisting of a footboard mounted on two wheels and a long steering handle, propelled by resting one foot on the footboard and pushing the other against the ground. 

In more recent times, the push scooter has seen significant developments. No longer just a toy, the scooter has been elevated to a form of transport for all manner of people.

Modern developments

In 1996 the head of Swiss manufacturer Micro Mobility Systems was searching for a way to help his sister get about; one of her legs was shorter than the other.  Although she could not ride a bicycle, he thought that she might be able to manage a scooter. He developed a small but robust push scooter with inline skate wheels.  Micro continues to produce push scooters to this day.  To confuse matters, in the UK we sometimes refer to the entire push scooter product category as ‘micro scooters.’

Further evolution

In 1999 there was another significant advance in the evolution of the push scooter. The Razor push scooter was invented by Gino Tsai, head of Taiwanese firm J.D. Corporation. He had been looking for a way to move around his bicycle factory quicker. The Razor was made with:

  • steering handle with short handlebars
  • urethane wheels on super-quiet bearings
  • a brake you worked by treading on the rear mudguard
  • aircraft grade aluminium, capable of supporting 500kg 

Razor sold half a million units in its first year. Today, Razor remains the global brand leader in the push scooter category.

How Much Should You Pay for a Push Scooter?

The scooter market is pretty diverse; you should be able to find a good scooter from a well-known brand at somewhere close to your target price. Use the ‘Price’ section in left hand panel on eBay to set your budget; it’ll save you having to sort through lots of items that you aren’t really interested in.

At the lower end of the range, you should expect to pay roughly £30 for something like the JD Bug Eco.  JD Bug is the aged 4-plus range from Razor. £45 should get you a rather better specification all round in the form of the JD Bug Original Black or Pink or Blue or Red. This is the most widely used scooter in the UK. More often than not, there are lots of them for sale on eBay.

In the mid range, a good intermediate freestyle scooter, which are great for everyday use but also trick-capable, might be the Razor Black Label Ultra Pro Lo or the Mod Scooters Lite V2 in red, purple or blue at around £120.

Stunt scooters like the District V4, the Micro Xtreme MX 180, The Grit Scooter Invader Pro and the MADD – MGP Nitro Extreme She Devil are found more towards the top end of the price range.  These scooters will cost you between £200 and £250. Although this seems quite expensive, the investment is sound because these stunt scooters are designed and built to be both light and robust. They are highly practical and long-lasting, meaning that a replacement should not be required for a number of years. Maintenance should also be less costly and time-consuming.

Buying Tip

Always bear in mind that eBay is a marketplace; prices rise and fall. Watch out for great deals by setting your upper budget range on eBay slightly higher than you actually want to spend. This way you will be able to see whether prices above your real budget are moving.

Consider Buying a Custom Built Push Scooter on eBay

Another option is to custom build a scooter, selecting each component individually. EBay enables buyers to select from categories including bars, grips, clamps/compression, decks, headsets, forks and wheels. You can then cross refer your choice to check that each part is compatible. Once the chosen package is paid for, your fully built scooter will arrive a few days later, tailor-made to your exact specification. 

Overview of Push Scooter Parts

A push scooter is made up of:

  • handlebar or ‘bar’ and grips
  • headset between the bars
  • steering tube or stem
  • quick release for the steering tube
  • front fork containing a compression suspension system

These components are attached with a collar clamp to a deck, the platform you stand on, wheels and a rear brake. 

Folding scooters have a joint like a hinge so that the bar can be folded against the deck.  Freestyle scooters have no folding mechanism as it would be tricky to design a folding joint that would withstand the impact of stunts. Folding scooters such as JD Bug Pro are mostly for younger beginners.

Pretty much all brands are available on eBay; the ones mentioned in this guide are a few to look out for.

Decks or Platforms

The push scooter deck is not just a resting place for whichever foot you are not pushing with; it is the core of the whole machine. Anodised aluminium is generally the metal of choice because it is so hard-wearing.

Freestyle push scooter decks come in either one-piece or two-piece styles.  One-piece platforms come with the deck and the headset welded together, like the Madd Gear curved down-tube, which is welded to the deck. Two-piece models have the head tube bolted to the deck, like the Lucky Evo 2. Neither style is stronger than the other.

Madd Gear decks are noted for being rugged and hard-wearing. The Razor Ultra Pro deck is something of a benchmark.  The latest decks from District and others have integrated head tubes which allow you simply to slide in bearings and caps.

Bars or Handlebars

Both the original Razor A folding scooter and JD Bug scooters come with handlebars that you can adjust for riders of different heights. The Swiss-built Micro foldable scooter for adults has a bar that you can both adjust for height and fold flat for storing or carrying. The standard design is in a ‘T’ shape but other styles are available. Some of these have a pair of diagonal struts, designed to give increased strength for jumps and tricks.

 Most bars are made from 4130 chromoloy or 6160 aluminium for strength.  Handlebars for rigid freestyle push scooters are mostly between 18 and 24 inches high and 14 to 24 inches across. They can be custom-cut so be sure to check with the seller if you are in any doubt. Grips are available for you to fit separately in a huge choice of colours.

Forks

The fork takes the impact, whether riding or performing tricks, so strength is the key requirement. For this reason, forks are usually made of steel. Strength often correlates to weight, something to bear in mind when you are researching the right specifications for your push scooter fork. There are two main types of push scooter fork, the first of which is threaded.

Until recently, threaded forks were the industry standard, providing a simple way of attaching forks to bars.

Now there is a growing range of ‘threadless’ forks. These were developed to counteract the problem that threads do compromise strength. Threadless forks provide improved security and feel between forks and handlebars. Fitting threadless forks requires a compression system to hold the bars to the forks. You will also need a threadless headset.

Brakes

Brakes often come fitted to decks. They usually comprise:

  • the brake itself
  • a bolt running horizontally through the bottom of it
  • a spring to stop it rattling

In spite of the spring, brakes often rattle. This can be countered by fitting a flex brake.  This is a curved or straight piece of metal which you press with your heel so that it rubs on the rear wheel and slows the scooter down.  Flex brakes are made by Blunt, Phoenix, Razor and others. They can be bought and fitted separately.

Wheels

Early push scooter wheels were made with plastic inner and a tough urethane outer surface. They used to deteriorate and snap, leading to wheelswith a metal inner core, which are most often seen on today’s push scooters.

Most of these newer metal core wheels come with machined aluminium inners and a hard-wearing urethane outer. Most push scooter manufacturers make wheels in a range of colours designed to match decks and handlebar grips. Wheel bearings wear out over time. They are interchangeable with skateboard bearings, which are the same size. You will usually find them in packs of four.

Headsets

Headsets on freestyle scooters are the same as those on BMX bikes. You can only use a threaded headset with a stock threaded fork. Threadless headsets are used with a compression system on threadless forks such as SCS (standard compression system). These look like large clamps but operate much like a bicycle stem.

Variants include the ICS (inverted compression system) and the HIC (hidden compression system). Each requires a specific number of bolts on the clamp – from two to four. When buying a clamp look for the reference for the appropriate type of compression. Clamps themselves often bear the brand name of the push scooter; this makes them important to trend conscious riders.

Looking for Affordability

The wide range available on eBay makes it the perfect place to compare prices and specifications.  It is always good to do your research first and get to know market price levels.  Search for any brand or model on eBay and you’ll be able to compare items in seconds.  But there are so many push scooters on the market it makes sense to take a little more time doing the research. That’s where this guide can help.

Buying Push Scooters on eBay

While you shop, don't forget Tricycles & Trikes, Ride-on Cars, Garden Games & Activities, Other Outdoor Toys/ Activities and Pogo Sticks. To start shopping, go to the Sports and Leisure category. Click the Sporting Goods portal and click Scooters.

Categories

The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Electric Scooters, Petrol Scooters, Pocket Bikes, Push Scooters and Other Scooters. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.

Product Finder

Use the Push Scooter Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by brand, model and condition (new or used).

Keyword Search

Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find a new push scooter, type the keywords "push scooter new" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click, "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy Push Scooters with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Item

  • Read the details in the item listing carefully.
  • Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
  • If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.
  • Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy it Now or Best Offer) otherwise you will not be covered by eBay Buyer Protection.
  • Never pay for your eBay item using an instant cash wire transfer service like Western Union or Moneygram. These are not safe ways of paying someone you do not know.

Know Your Seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

  • What is the seller’s Feedback rating? 
  • How many transactions have they completed?
  • How many positive responses do they have?
  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? 
  • Are they positive about the seller?
  • Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.
  • Do they offer a money-back guarantee? 
  • What are their terms and conditions?

Buyer Protection

In the very unlikely event that you do not receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection covers your purchase price plus original delivery cost.

Conclusion

Push scooters have seen many developments over the years. The choice on eBay today is wider than ever before.  Price depends on the materials and brand. This in turn depends on the quality of the components and the perceived quality that the brand offers. 

Affordability is down to your opinion of whether the goods are worth the money.  Push scooters are robust, fun and simple to and maintain.

Folding scooters are especially easy to store and transport.  This works for everybody from kids to commuters, making the consumer base very diverse. This is good news for anyone looking to buy pre-owned on eBay as commuters are always upgrading and kids are always growing up. 

eBay is the ideal place to research the market and buy a new or used push scooter. This guide will help ensure that you make good use all the tools available and get the most from using eBay. 

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