Ways to cut costs when buying massage tables and supplies
The sheer number of options can get overwhelming! Browsing online for massage supplies and tables can easily become a headache, and it can be very difficult to make a final decision, especially for budget-conscious practitioners. Here is a short list of aspects to consider when looking to save money on massage supplies and tables – and it isn’t limited to clicking “Sort by: Least expensive” on product lists. Ultimately, we recommend looking for good value items, instead of simply looking to spend the least amount of money, since in the long run, poor quality items can just cost you more. That being said, it’s also easy to become wrapped up in the avalanche of additional features available for massage tables, and we’ve identified ways to ensure that they don’t become too distracting.
Don’t go straight for the cheapest option
It may seem counterintuitive, but with working equipment like massage tables and supplies, it’s often better not to look for the cheapest possible products. Ideally, they should last you quite a few years, and often the cheapest possible items are cheap for a reason: they’re poorly built, defective, or just downright bad. Simply having to frequently replace these items will make you lose some money long term, even if you’re not a serious practitioner, but if you’re a professional, they might actually cost you some business.
A poorly constructed massage table can also be a huge liability: they can collapse under the weight of your clients! Even just plain uncomfortable ones might make it that much harder for clients to relax, and make your treatments seem that much less effective. You can lose your competitive edge in this profession due to poor equipment. Finally, the cheapest tables and supplies won’t be covered under warranties, drastically reducing their life expectancy.
As a rule of thumb, you should always consider why products are less expensive before you purchase them. For example, Lierre’s least expensive massage tables, the Lierre Eco, don’t come with table sheets, headrests or armrests, reducing their price, but the tables themselves are reliable, sturdy, and good quality. A massage table that costs less than 150$ and that includes all of these items is fishy: it’s simply impossible to lower prices to this extent, as a business, without severely compromising the quality of the items. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!