If you want to buy a cost effective gym equipment solution then one opportunity that is often overlooked is the yard sale. It is very simple to find home gyms at a yard sale. The reason why you find so many is that people often buy exercise equipment with good intentions - then as time goes on it tends to not get used and gathers dust somewhere. It simply gets in the way and people want it gone. Also people like to upgrade their gym equipment to get the greatest and latest. So you can profit from someone else's second hand equipment at a yard sale.
When buying any second hand equipment you need to find out details - and this is found out by asking the seller lots of questions. Ask when they purchased it - did they buy it new? Try to gauge a rough idea on how much the equipment would be to buy brand new. Ask how if the equipment was well used or had been sitting around for a while. Find out how long they have used it and how often. These are great questions to ask to build up a picture of how good a shape the equipment is in and if it has been taken care of. You don't want to buy dud equipment that will be troublesome to maintain and that will give you problems.
Look over the equipment yourself and double check everything by carefully examining the equipment. If you're not sure by all means take a friend with you that knows gym equipment. Make sure there is nothing missing and try out the equipment for yourself. Does it feel like it should? Ask about the users manual and check they have still got it.
By keeping an eye out for bargains you will get a great deal on discount gym equipment. Don't buy the first thing you see and like everything, shop around.