Originally Posted by jarude
i did have one i built myself, but then i found a solid one on kijiji for $100. if you cruise kijiji and have access to a truck or a trailer that you can haul stuff with, you're golden. independent gyms and new years resolutioners fail on a seemingly weekly basis around here; in the last 6 months alone i could've put together a few home setups for well under $1000 with kijiji stuff alone. check out local secondhand or consignment sports shops; there was a 50% groupon for my local place that i scored a few DB handles with. if you're patient, the deals will come. keep in mind, this isn't elite stuff, but you don't need rogue equipment and eleiko plates unless you're... well, nobody in this thread.
bar+300lbs plates brand new is $300, tops. i've found a few sets on kijiji starting at $200
bench = 50$ used, $100 new
rack = really depends, i lucked out hard at $100 but i've seen decent ones go in the $250 range
piecemeal, you can expect to pay around $500 if you're patient and find some deals. i've seen ridiculous packages from indie gyms going under; commercial rack + 500lbs + bar+dbs + flooring + bench = $600. just browse kijiji daily since the deals get snapped up really quickly.
ime, nobody knows how to price gym equipment - you have people giving the shit away and then you have people asking retail price on 15 year old weider pec-dec/leg extension thingies.
personally, i have
wooden bench (free)
bb + db handles + plates (400)
stall mat (50)
plus miscellaneous stuff, my setup is about $600 and there are no useful movements that i cannot perform given my current goals.