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Are used home tanning beds safe?

Apr 15th, 2008 08:24
Taksh Verdhan, Deepak Sharma, John Grant, http://www.tanning-bed-secrets.com


Buying a used tanning bed would be like buying any other product or 
appliance that has been used before, such as a used car or a used 
stair lift.  One definite advantage is obviously the lesser cost of 
the used item.  But there are pitfalls whenever you chose to purchase 
a second hand product.  For example, when you buy a used stair lift, 
you may discover that the lift mechanism creates a disturbing and 
ominous sound.  And when you buy a used car, you may find out that 
there are parts that you need to replace.  Thus, when you buy a second 
hand tanning bed, what would you end up with?
To avoid unprecedented problems, you must buy second hand tanning beds 
the way you would buy a used car.  You must know the model, the year 
it was manufactured, and the features.  Though tanning beds are fairly 
recent technological products, the older models are considered less 
safe than the new ones.  This is because some of the lamps in older 
models of tanning beds emit the type A ultraviolet radiation (UV-A).  
This type of radiation has been known to cause skin cancer and other 
similar diseases.  Thus, the new models have lamps that produce only 
type B ultraviolet radiation (UV-B).  This type of radiation is not 
entirely safe, but it is not the primary cause of skin cancer.
Check the features of the used tanning bed.  Do these still work 
properly?  A malfunctioning feature is not a good sign.  You may ask a 
specific question, such as “Can the lamps and acrylic sheets be 
removed and changed easily?”  If the owner confesses that he’s selling 
the tanning bed because the bulb is difficult to replace, then start 
making a graceful exit.  That could mean UV ray health risk.
Another thing that you should find out is the reason why the tanning 
bed is being sold by its owner.  If the reason is a timer that has 
stopped working, or a bulb that does not turn on, move on and consider 
another tanning bed.  If the reason is that the owner is bankrupt or 
moving to another country, then the tanning bed could be working 
fine.  Now all you need to see is the warranty.
Companies that sell tanning beds offer two kinds of warranty. The 
first is for a limited amount of time (about a year), but it has 
greater coverage.  The second is a limited warranty, but it is for a 
lifetime.  This means that a tanning bed would always have a warranty, 
even if it is already used.  If the owner tells you that the warranty 
for the tanning bed has expired, the product is most probably 
defective.  
Some users of tanning beds claim that the price of new tanning beds is 
not much higher than that of second hand ones. The price depends on 
the brand and model.
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I'd like to know who/how clean the owner of the tanning bad is. If the
owner is some never-wash-youself junkie, I'd get creeps using that bed.
The I'd get is cleaned (really cleaned) by some really good stuff before
lying on it for the first time.
Deepak
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