I live in Toronto, Canada. Ill be moving into a bigger house and will pretty much have the basement to set up a home gym. My budget is around 1-2k and ill basically get an incline/decline bench, power rack, olympic bar/weights, and dumbells.
Does anyone have any idea where if there are any stores close to me where i can personally go and buy the equipment, or any good online places to buy for someone living in Toronto (pretty much everywhere iv looked ill get raped up the ass by shipping costs).
Sorry about that. First post and I got stage fright.
I purchased all the used stuff (Power Cage, Dumbell Racks and Benches) at Dotmar Athletics on Dixie in Mississauga. Good store with knowledgeable staff. Pricing for the new stuff is not cheap there but inline with most places.
For new stuff I found Fitness Depot the most cost competitive.
I started out with a similar budget as you and found the only way to get what I wanted was to go the used route for the static equipment.
There is another place in TO that sells used stuff but their warehouse is in Baden (by KW). Their names escapes my now but I found them through a google search. I bought a used cable X over machine from them.