The mini segway (as it has unofficially come to be known), self balancing scooter, or hoverboard, has exploded in popularity in recent months. As everything that becomes so popular price tends to go down.
But it is not only its popularity driving the price down, it is the fact that apparently, and based on the opinion of many expert reviewers, the technology, and ultimately the product sold by many companies and sellers under different brands, is not actually proprietary to any of them, but instead, it is a device being produced in China that some have claimed as theirs, while others have simply purchased lots of these mini segways and put them up for sale all around the web in different marketplaces.
Some of these sellers ship their mini segways from the United States while others ship directly from China and other countries.
As it is to be expected, the price of the mini segway, self balancing scooter or hoverboard varies depending on many factors, being one of them the shipping origin of the product.
Those being shipped from China may be 15%-25% cheaper than the ones being shipped from the United States by US based companies or sellers (this is not always the case though).
Then of course, you can find some of the bigger names in the mini segway game, who have branded the devices under different trademarks such as IO Hawk, PhunkeeDuck, MonoRover and others, and who offer the product at a much higher price, ranging from $399 to $1,799.00.
Based on multiple reviews around the web, and particularly several unboxing videos posted on Youtube, there does not seem to be any significant difference between the expensively branded mini segways and the generic ones.
Therefore, based on the research we have done, a price within the $400 to $450 range would be a really good and low price for a mini segway, self balancing scooter or hoverboard shipped from the US.
We start by mentioning the price range for the mini segway shipped from the US because we have no doubt that buying from a top rated US seller is your best bet for many reasons, among others:
- Faster shipping and delivery. A US based seller might have your mini segway by your door in as soon as 2 days, whereas a seller from China will usually offer a 1 month shipping.
- Better customer service. Top rated US based sellers tend to take good care of customers and will ensure great buying experience, simply because the culture and standard of customer care in the US is higher than it is in China.
- Easier returns. Returning something you have purchased online is always a hassle, but when you deal with a US based sellers this can be almost painless, as many of them provide free return shipping. Mini segways tend to have problems and if you happen to be one of the unlucky ones, returning your mini segway to China will not precisely be a money saver, and chances are that you will have to simply buy a new unit from a different seller
Therefore, when it comes to buying a mini segway, the lowest price is not always the cheapest way to go, as you may end up spending more that what you had anticipated, or simply stuck with a non-working mini segway, self balancing scooter or hoverboard, while down $300 or more.
If you browse around the web, you will see that some sellers listed at places like Alibaba offering the mini segway for $200, but as stated above, buying from a reputable seller in the US (that you can actually get a hold of if needed), will be a far better deal should anything go wrong when you unbox the unit. The other choice is basically a gamble, and as with any gamble, it can either pay off or leave you with a loss.
We have narrowed down the cheapest mini segways by features, seller rating and shipping origin. It is ultimately up to you whether you want to take the risk of ordering yours from China or from the US.