5 Tips for Buying Used Pilates Equipment #GRATZ!

tips to buy used apparatus

Purchasing new Pilates apparatus can be a major investment so we’ve put together this list to help you find used equipment.

If you’re looking for professional grade equipment we recommend Gratz Pilates. It retains its value for a lifetime and will never wear out so it’s often scarce in the used market, read on to find out where to look!

1. The Pilates Guy

This is an easy site for seeing what’s available right now. Bonus: he’s also a great contact for the maintenance of your studio apparatus.

2. Craigslist.org

You can search craigslist in your own area or do a wider search in your state or region. There’s also an option to set up notifications for future posts. Use search terms like, Gratz Pilates, Pilates Folding Mat or Pilates Mat with Strap… There are other apps like OfferUp that do the same thing so use those too.

3. Pilates Contrology Marketplace on Facebook

This is a Facebook forum dedicated solely to the selling and purchasing of Pilates equipment. It’s easy to scroll through and you can write a post if you are seeking something specific in your area. You can also do a general search in Facebook Marketplace.

4. Your local network of Pilates instructors!

Put the word out. Many times teachers know someone (another teacher, studio or client) who wants to get rid of some piece of equipment.

Just like the Pilates Method, “patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”

Bonne Chance!

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    Siwen Xi

    Member since 2022

    Thanks for the information! I also want to purchase a used Gratz reformer. Please reach out if you have any lead! Thanks xx

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    Member since 2013

    Do you have an opinion on new Gratz vs new Basil reformers?

    • Andrea Maida

      Andrea Maida

      Member since 2012

      Hi there –

      My preference is new Gratz or used Gratz – the Basil Reformer has a shorter shoulder rest than the Gratz. This may seem a minor detail, but there are many exercises where the foot is placed up against the shoulder rest: Knee stretch series, arm circles to name a couple, and on the Gratz you can get your whole foot including the heel against the shoulder rest which is a big help in finding the connection into your center in the exercise. So if you plan on keeping your apparatus for the long term I would choose Gratz over Basil. That being said, the Basil apparatus is the closest in feel to the Gratz Reformer that you will find. I hope this helps 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts and questions here.

  3. Andrea Maida

    Andrea Maida

    Member since 2012

    Yes, I will keep you in mind if I hear of any used Gratz for sale 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  4. Miriam Sanchez

    Miriam Sanchez

    Member since 2012

    Hey !! Thank you for this great article !!!- Im reaching out to this community because im searching for used gratz equipment. Any info welcome !!!
    Thanks !!

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