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Good Deal?


#1

My school's gym is going to get all new equipment during christmas break. So they're selling all the old stuff for cheap. So I'm thinking of buying some stuff:

45 (6) @ $20 ea
25 (4) @ $10 ea
10 (4) @ $5 ea
5 (4) @ $2.5 ea
2.5 (4) @ $1 ea

= 440 lbs, $194

Cybex Adjustable Flat-to-80 Degree Bench
$100

Ivanko Olympic Barbell (Stainless Steel?)
$50

Is this a good deal?

(Grr, they're not selling squat racks... That's pretty much all I need now. Any suggestions?)


#2

That's definitely not the best deal in the world. Usually, plates cost about half as much as they weigh and you can buy a cheap adjustable bench for $100 anywhere.


#3

I agree with TenByson. You can probably buy new for that price or close to it.


#4

If I were to offer a guess, the Invako barbell may be a good deal. You can definitely buy a bar for cheaper, but that may be a higher quality bar.

Go to www.ivanko.com and have them e-mail you back their price list.

Other than that, I'm thinking the rest is nothing special.


#5

When you say anywhere, what do you mean? Garage sales? The same Cybex bench I see it priced on their website for around $250?

BTW, what stores can I buy Ivanko weight plates? (I thought this was a good deal because I wouldn't have to pay shipping. Is there any actual store that sells Ivanko plates?)


#6

You didn't say they were Ivanko plates. I bought a 300 lb weight set for $100 from Dick's Sporting Goods. The Sports Authority sells them too. I just went to my local store and picked it up. You can also get a bench there too for $100. That's what I did.


#7

Oh woops, thought I did. Well, is it a good deal now, since it's Ivanko?

Here's a picture of which one:
http://ivanko.com/products/prd_text/OMSET_popup.html

What specific brand(s) and items did you get of the weight set and bench, TenByson?

I just searched The Sports Authority website for "Ivanko". It had no results?


#8

(And I searched Dick's too. No results there for Ivanko either)


#9

They don't have Ivanko stuff at Dick's or TSA. They have other stuff like Cap Barbell. It's all the same shit. A 45 lb plate is a 45 lb plate.


#10

Well that's true. But the quality might be different. For example, a bad one might rust quicker, etc. Right?

I'll check out Dick's and TSA. Anyway, what bench did you get? I'll check it out when I'm looking for plates; maybe I'll get the same one!


#11

I'm a bit of a cheap ass and would barter with them if you are going to purchase that amount of weight. It never hurts to try.

As it stands, doing a search on the web, Ivanko itself charge 68.3 cents per lb for its cheapest "black economy" plates. The standard grey are a bit more expensive even. As you pointed out, that doesnt include tax or shipping, which will probably eat you alive.

Like others have mentioned, I know dumbells sell for about 50 cents a lb, but I have never really researched plates.

I didnt follow the link you posted, but highschools usually dont have shoddy benches so I will assume that it is a good one...$100 good I dont know. You can do your own shopping there.

I can tell you are looking for someone to tell you it is a great deal to get these plates as fast as you can. If you dont have to pay tax, I would buy them. If you are going to drop $200 anyway it might as well be for Ivanko plates at another plates price (even though name brand doesnt mean much to me). I would assume the plates are already chipping, etc if they are anything like my highschools were and I dont know how "straight" this high school is running the sale, but I would try to barter a bit more still. Twenty bucks less is still twenty bucks.

BUY THESE PLATES!!! There does that make you feel better? :slightly_smiling: A month after you get them it wont matter if it was the best deal or not, you will just have a super set of plates to get huuuuge with.

My three cents...now thats a bargain.


#12

I don't think its a bad deal at all. It ain't a great deal, but it's not a rip-off either.

I paid $.49/lb for new and $.39/lb for used plate, every once in a while some place will have new on sale for $.40. My Body-Solid flat/incline bench was about $200 I think, maybe $250, so if the quality is good and its in good shape then $100 isn't too bad.

See if they'll bargain at all. If you buy all the plate see if they'll throw in the bench. Worth a shot.


#13

You're right! I got him to lower the price to $275 for the whole package! :slightly_smiling:


#14

I am useless.


#15

GREAT! I'm glad it worked out.

Now put them to use and show us some results. :slight_smile:


#16

Oh...and I would have got it for $250.
hehe, just kidding. Good deal. Merry Christmas yourself.