How to Buy a Used Pool Cue

When you decide to buy a Used Pool Cue there are some things to consider. First, you need to know which brands of pool cues fit your particular tastes and playing style. If you already have a favorite brand of pool cue then you already know what you are looking for in a used pool cue. However, if you haven’t used a premium pool cue before, only cheap pool cues, then you may need to investigate the different brands of pool cues and see which will fit your needs the best.

Some very expensive, collectible, pool cues, like those by Meucci, may be too collectible and expensive to be used for everyday play. Predator, McDermott and Shon are considered to be good choices by many pro players and are known to hold their value well in the used pool cue market.

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As with any site unseen purchase, one should use caution when purchasing an used pool cue. Some pool cue sticks are knock-offs of the major brands but are made poorly. There are even fakes out there in the marketplace so you should use care and examine the quality and reputation of a used pool cue dealer prior to committing to a purchase.

Quality used pool cues will be made of A grade Canadian hard rock maple. Lesser quality pool cues will have shafts made from B or even C grade maple. The rule of thumb is that the lesser the grade the worse the used pool cue will perform.

Another key thing to know about a used pool cue is if the joint pin is steel or is a weaker alloy. Cheap copies and replicas will have soft metal that will bend. This can even make the used pool cue look warped when this isn’t the case at all.

Always ask questions before you buy and know what you want to buy. This will save you a lot of trouble when you buy a used pool cue.


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Comment by April of Scotland
2008-06-11 16:11:26

I haven’t played pool in years. I just remember in our old house we had floors that sloped badly. So when we would take that triangle thing off, all the balls would roll over to one side. It took us ages to get the table perfectly level!

Comment by jfc
2008-06-12 01:19:01

Hi April,

Yes, if the pool table isn’t balanced the pool cue that you use isn’t all that important.

Comment by komodo dragon
2008-06-11 18:05:57

man, i don’t know much about pool cues and the different types and all, all i know is that i love to play pool :)

Comment by jfc
2008-06-12 01:20:38

Hi Komodo,

You always have to watch out for those guys with the 2 piece pool cue in a case. ;)

Comment by Harley Nash
2008-07-03 16:42:54

I have a Shon pool cue that I break out sometimes. You’re right though, if you don’t use the house pool cues then everyone thinks you’re a pool hustler.

Comment by jfc
2008-07-03 16:44:51

Thanks for stopping by Harley,

That’s pretty funny.

2008-07-14 01:10:06

No one would ever mistake me for a hustler. With or without a quality used pool cue, bar owners are just pleased when I don’t rip the pool table felt!

Comment by kim
2008-11-27 08:14:45

hey again, just wanted to add a few brands to this post, longoni, bear and joss cues are also really good cues, new or used… doesnt really matter…

i have a cueshop if you wanna check it out feel free to drop by

Comment by Bubsy SEO Test
2008-12-12 03:05:23

which is the best pool cue for people who limited in budget

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