Medi Rub '2000 Plus' body massager, $10.

The Medi Rub 2000 Plus massager has a few things going for it right off the bat. It's very well made, it's heavy, it's new in the box and it's made in the U.S.A. As soon as I picked it up, the seller told me that her husband had paid $250 for it at a home show in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and had never even used it.

Whenever you're considering the purchase of any brand of massager, remember that condition is of paramount importance. These things are really not that rare, and there are just too many great examples selling on eBay at any one time for an abused or worn out example to get much attention from bidders.

If you have access to an electric outlet, plug it in and make sure it works. Although I've never run across one of these that was completely inoperative, the possibility is there. You have to always consider the possibility that the massager you're looking at may have been used in a massage place, where it saw many hours of use each day. It may look great on the outside, but it can be worn out on the inside. Again, not very likely, but there's always that possibility.

On a final note, there are a couple of other brands of expensive massagers to watch for. One is called the 'Thumper.' Thumper makes two distinct shapes of massagers - one that looks sort of like a bigger version of this Medi Rub, called the Thumper Maxi Pro. They also make two models that have a smaller head and a long handle, called the Mini Pro and the Sport.

The other massager to watch for is the Healax, which is essentially a massage unit that's encased in a long, flexible sleeve. It sits on the shoulders in a kind of 'horseshoe' style, allowing for completely hands-free massaging. Quite costly and well worth keeping an eye out for!

This Medi Rub 2000 body massager sold on eBay for $153.

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