In school, we can tell right away who the studious students are, and who the sports inclined students are, but there are also those students who cared as much about their grades as they did their sports. I was one of those kids and graduated with an almost perfect GPA average of 3.88, captain of the soccer team, the girls loved me, the guys respected or hated me. One thing that I remember very clearly was how much my dad had to argue with me on why I needed $250 pairs of soccer cleats. In this article, we will discuss why sports equipment is so expensive, and we’ll guide you into methods of saving money at places like Groupon.
The reason why I had to become a salesperson at the age of sixteen was because I had awakened a talent that even grown adults respected me for, my soccer skills. But soccer equipment is not cheap, if you want to have the top of the line stuff, just like the professionals. My dad had to spend thousands of dollars every season, not because I was a whiny kid who wanted new cleats every week, but because I played in four different teams and ran my boots to the ground, literally.
If you are reading this and are a parent of a talented young athlete, just know that what will keep you up at night won’t be the stress of tournaments or your son or daughter being mat at everyone for not being able to get better when they’re already good. It will be the credit statements showing hundreds of dollars on sports equipment.
Look, I have been there, because after I left to college and my dad was no longer paying for my cleats or money for traveling to other colleges to play my matches, I had to figure out a way to save money. Luckily, I found some coupon websites, and even had to level down in my gear. Yes, level down.
That’s another thing that I should have learned earlier. There’s levels to the gear and the most expensive are often what the professionals wear, but there’s probably a reason for that. They are professionals who have to use the best gear possible. An amateur can use less expensive gear which will do the same job, but won’t have that glamourous feel to it.
In conclusion, we’ve written this article as a short story to get you to understand why some sports equipment can be so expensive. It is because top sports apparel and equipment companies spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on research. It is not for the end consumer, however, but for the top-name athletes in each sport. They are crafted to give a tiny edge to the players so that they can compete at the top of their game and make money for their teams and sponsors. So it’s okay to save money.