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Dumbbells are Expensive!

VuneVune Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
I've checked the usual "discount" stores, craigslist, and Facebook marketplace. Any secret places to find reasonably prices 15 lb dumbbells, or am I stuck paying at least $40 for a set?

Also, could I "season" rusty old dumbbells like I could a cast iron pan?

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  • jeffjeff85jeffjeff85 Posts: 89Member Member Posts: 89Member Member
    As a rule, weights - including dumbbells - run a dollar a pound for new. If they want.more than that, move on to another store.
  • fitom80fitom80 Posts: 78Member Member Posts: 78Member Member
    And even rusty ones doesnt require too much work, you need few hrs and $ to renew it. epk89gtc618x.jpg
    edited November 1
  • ShortgirlrunningShortgirlrunning Posts: 326Member Member Posts: 326Member Member
    Target and Amazon have options cheaper than $40
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,594Member Member Posts: 5,594Member Member
    I don't see why you couldn't remove the rust. I would not let some rust stop me.

    I guess I got lucky, I got a pretty good deal on a barbell, plates, rack, bench etc. If it were me I'd just keep an eye out on facebook for a while. I also offered less than they had it listed for and they took it. A lot of workout equipment, people are just trying to get rid of it.
    edited November 1
  • jeffjeff85jeffjeff85 Posts: 89Member Member Posts: 89Member Member
    You dont need to spend much to get a workout.
    An empty milk jug filled with waste water (what you washed your face with will work) weighs about 8 lbs - and keeps some stuff out of a landfill.
    A piece of discarded iron pipe about 3 feet long, fill two metal cans (old coffee cans have been used well) with concrete, stick the pipe ends in the cans, instant curl bar.
    POINT IS, theres a workout everyhere. O ly get 'sucked into' paying for 'shiny' if you choose to.
  • VuneVune Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
    Target and Amazon have options cheaper than $40

    You're right, and they're my favorite color at Amazon. How did I miss this? I guess I wanted them to be even cheaper the other day. I'm going to let them sit in my cart and hope they go down a little...
  • lorrpblorrpb Posts: 10,756Member Member Posts: 10,756Member Member
    Goodwill or other thrift stores. You might need to check back a few times to find what you want. It’s not like they maintain a certain inventory.
  • ponycyndiponycyndi Posts: 847Member Member Posts: 847Member Member
    I bought an old set from a fire station on Craigslist. For $60 I got a bar, ez curl bar, 4 adjustable barbells, clips, and 120lbs of plates.
    I got my hubby to build me a squat rack out of 2X4's for a few bucks. And someone gifted me a bench, but that could be made easily also.
  • heytimslaheytimsla Posts: 300Member Member Posts: 300Member Member
    Or buy a select a weight system, cost is up there for new but they take up almost no space.
  • kaizakukaizaku Posts: 1,035Member Member Posts: 1,035Member Member
    Buy used weights from gumtree, ebay.
  • VuneVune Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
    Thanks for all the great ideas! I have specific limitations and goals, but some of these will be great for others with bigger budgets and and spaces.
  • riffraff2112riffraff2112 Posts: 1,519Member Member Posts: 1,519Member Member
    Used ones are a lot cheaper, I've been lucky and found decent stuff from garage sales and online resellers.
  • Cat_A_89Cat_A_89 Posts: 94Member Member Posts: 94Member Member
    I tend to see cheap workout gear on facebook marketplace
  • giantrobot_powerliftinggiantrobot_powerlifting Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    I bought new rubber hex dumbbells with comfort grips for less than $1 a pound by purchasing them from Walmart.com and saving even more by picking them up at the store.

    Walmart will run sales at different times of the year. Trick is to monitor the site for when they go on sale. Brand doesn’t matter really. Also, I paid for my 5-60 lbs set by flipping equipment.
    edited November 3
  • smithker75smithker75 Posts: 38Member, Premium Member Posts: 38Member, Premium Member
    Vune wrote: »
    I've checked the usual "discount" stores, craigslist, and Facebook marketplace. Any secret places to find reasonably prices 15 lb dumbbells, or am I stuck paying at least $40 for a set?

    Also, could I "season" rusty old dumbbells like I could a cast iron pan?

    I use some light, velco wrap gloves when I lift. A bit of rust wouldn't bother me.
  • rainbow198rainbow198 Posts: 2,040Member Member Posts: 2,040Member Member
    I've gotten a lot of my equipment from estate/garage/moving sales from people relocating or downsizing.

    Barely used items and they were practically giving them away.

    I also monitor store sales and try to get things out of season.
  • VuneVune Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
    Update: So I was worried that I wasn't actually strong enough for 15lb dumbbells, and the 12lb dumbbells were priced more appropriately. It turns out I'm wimpier than I thought, and these are going to be useful for a while. I can use one, then the pair, while I save up or keep my eyes peeled for an adjustable set.

    Ebay was laughable. The shipping costs alone were twice what I paid for just the pair of dumbbells with free shipping from Amazon. I paid a little over $1/lb for the convenience.
  • deetucker70deetucker70 Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    In January at Sporting goods stores! Got two barbells and 600 lbs of weights as well as 15, 25, 35 and 45 lbs dumbbell sets for 40% off😊
    edited November 15
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