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Buying a cue online?


Buying a cue online?

I just got a pool table a few weeks ago after many years without one. I have only played sporadically and in spurts over the last many years so I never have needed to have a higher end billiard cue. I am looking at buying one in the $300 range for now. There are some billiards supply stores near me in Southern California, but I have looked at a number of online billiards supply sites at cues. I have not been to any stored around yet.

What do you all think about purchasing online from a reputable dealer. I am a pretty good player and have played a fair amount over the years. However, I certainly don't consider myself an elite player. I am not even sure I could tell the difference between an $100 and $1000 cue. I can't say I have a good feel for my style of play, but would probably consider myself more of a finesse player who wants a cue that I can count on for a solid stroke. I must admit, looking online I get enthused about a nice looking cue, so looks do count a lot. I would gladly pay extra for the looks of a cue that is well made. I could probably adapt to a well made, good looking cue no matter how it plays.

How important is it to try out cues at a store? Do you really get a chance to try them out on billiard table in the store? Will most stores have as much of an inventory of cues as the online stores?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Buying a cue online?

Replies & Comments

  1. etorymddlabout on 1/4/2010 1:51:12 PM

    etorymd, Your first cue can be a bit of a scary experience. I can tell you that between a $100 dollar cue and a $1000 dollar cue is mostly pretty. What DOES seperate cues is the way they feel. The balance of a cue, the feedback in your hand and the weight all play a part in how a cue suits you. I would find a cue weight that you're happy with, then if possible shoot a little with it. A stainless steel joint will feel a little stiffer than say a phenolic joint will. Most cues will have a 13mm shaft made from maple. If you are unable to get to a store and feel the different cues then go with a weight and style from a reputable dealer and I'm sure you will enjoy your first cue! -Doug

  2. etorymdquickshot on 1/4/2010 3:40:12 PM

    Buying a cue on line cane be a bit scary , but most of the reputable sites will have a return policy I think you can live with. Also usually if you buy a cue on line most of the sellers will give you a free cary case and free shipping. Also there is no tax on out of state purchases for many of the dealers. cheapcues.com up in Oregan is a dependable dealer with whom I have dealth with a few times and have been happy with them, and I live on the East Coast. Go to their website and look around and then check out some others. Price wise I have found most of them are pretty much the same. You may want to take a look at Viking cues. They are a good product for the price. Fancy and lot of inlays means high $$$$$. Good luck and take your time.

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Buying a cue online?

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  • Published: 1/4/2010 5:54:00 AM