People who sell home gym items online for AMAZING prices after customers have cleared the shelves of weights
Desperate gym-goers pay four times the normal price for old and often-damaged second-hand weights – because the closure of gyms has led fitness and fitness equipment to be taken off the shelves of stores across Australia.
Gyms closed at 12 noon all over Australia on March 23, along with pubs, clubs, restaurants, and swimming pools under Level 2 restrictions on social distance, when the federal government sought to delay the spread of COVID-19.
Within hours of the announcement, department stores like Rebel Sport and Harvey Norman experienced a rush on fitness equipment as it became clear Australia was about to shut down.
The rush went on sale with the introduction of Level 3 restrictions that ended outdoor training groups such as boot camps and outdoor gyms – and even most of Sydney and Melbourne’s most popular beaches.
Men and women are selling their old home gym and sports equipment for hundreds of dollars online, after shoppers cleared sports store shelves (photo: dumbbells for sale on Facebook for $ 300)
But there were thousands – perhaps hundreds of thousands – missing equipment, which has now fueled a second-hand market on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, which has seen up to five times what you would pay for weights two months ago. .
A Sydney man sells a pair of damaged 50kg dumbbells for $ 400 – as a brand new kit Rebel sport retails for $ 179.99 – a 122 percent surcharge for old weights.
Others said they sold their old dumbbells, leg press machines and medicine balls for hundreds of dollars more than they normally sell for.
A Sydney man sells a pair of damaged 50kg dumbbells for $ 400 (photo) – when a brand new set is sold at Rebel Sport for $ 179.99 – a 122 percent surcharge for old weights
With the population training at home, a man has put his gym press machine on sale for a whopping $ 500 (photo)
“A pair of 25-kilogram dumbbells,” a Facebook Marketplace user wrote next to a set of compromised dumbbells that were on sale for $ 150 (photo)
Department stores like Rebel Sport (pictured last week) faced fitness equipment by those looking to stay fit as it became clear Australia was about to shut down
A Facebook Marketplace user said he “ sold a pair of 25 pound dumbbells for $ 150. ”
“Some damage,” added the user, along with a photo of the affected weights.
Others from around the country called ‘in good shape’ leg presses for $ 500, standard exercise bikes for $ 150, and barbells so you can do Body Pump sessions at home for $ 300.
One person even listed a whole home gym for an eye-watering $ 16,000 on Gumtree, while another listed a weight bench for $ 1,250.
A comparable Harvey Norman weight bench would typically set you back $ 597.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted some sellers for comment.
Panic buyers stripped Kmart’s shelves (photo) from all of their fitness equipment and gear across Australia after the gyms closed
A Facebook user listed a second-hand barbell set and weights for $ 850 (pictured), while you can usually get a similar weight bench for $ 597 from Harvey Norman
Someone mentioned an old medicine ball with dumbbells and equipment for $ 500 (shown)
How much do brand new fitness equipment usually cost?
* RESISTANCE BANDS: $ 20- $ 50 Harvey Norman, $ 34.99 at Rebel or $ 114 at Gumtree = 470% second-hand storage.
* DUMBBELLS: The cost of dumbbells varies by make, size and model, but a set of 50kg dumbbells are sold for $ 179.99 by Rebel Sport, while they are sold second-hand for $ 400 on Facebook Marketplace, a markup of 122%
* WEIGHTS BANK: Harvey Norman sold a brand new weight bench for $ 597, but there is a second-hand bench on Gumtree for $ 1,250, a markup of 109%.
* SPORT BIKE: Exercise bikes can cost thousands of dollars, but there are ‘mini’ options online at Kmart $ 29. A pre-owned version of the same bike costs $ 150, which is a profit of 417%.
A Rebel employee confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that there is ‘almost no’ training equipment in stores, but there are still a few items available online – although you should be prepared to wait.
“Things are selling so fast online now, there are still some items available online, but it depends on which country they come from, how fast you receive them,” she said.
“Normally our delivery time is two to three business days, but it’s everywhere because of the demand – and it’s probably about a week to ten days, depending on where it comes from.
“The best thing to do when you see something available online is click and pick up from your nearest local store.”
Personal trainer and exercise physiologist Veronika Larisova (photo) said you should try body weight training instead of equipment
Personal trainer and exercise physiologist Veronika Larisova said, while getting exercise equipment now is nearly impossible, you don’t need barbells, weight benches and bicycles at home.
“I would recommend spending about $ 50 on a pair of dumbbells if you can find them, and $ 40 on some resistance bands,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
“You don’t have to try to get all the equipment, because you can do squats or bodyweight squats with a stack of books and lunges.
She said, “Ideally, you would need about an hour of exercise every day if you’re otherwise completely sedentary – whether that’s high-intensity training in the form of burpees and a walk.”
Standard used exercise bikes cost a whopping $ 150 online (shown), while you can usually get a Kmart mini exercise bike for just $ 29
A weight bench with 20-kilogram plates had an asking price of $ 1,250 (shown). A Harvey Norman weight bench usually costs $ 597
Men and women online quickly noticed the huge price hikes, with one person commenting, “Anyone who sells home gym equipment has never used them for double price now.”
Another said: ‘I miss the gym and these dumbbell prices aren’t justified in any way. Do you want to ask rental prices for this? ‘
Some tried to look on the bright side and wrote, “I look forward to getting a ton of gym equipment at the lowest prices when the lockout is over and no one wants their equipment anymore.”
But the majority said they were annoyed that they couldn’t find home training equipment that wouldn’t cost them an ‘arm and a leg’.
A Gumtree user has even put up an entire home gym for sale for an eye-watering $ 16,000 (pictured)
Resistance bands were available from Gumtree for $ 114 (photo), while resistance bands usually cost between $ 20 and $ 50