Jeff, the Weider stuff they sell at Sears is pretty low quality, and the bar is not great. But gee golly, the plate colors sure are purty! Look on Craigslist, Play it Again Sports for used equip., or else order new from BFS, I think quite a few CrossFitters have ordered from them.
The economy olympic plates from Ivanko are also pretty good--not rubber coated but they are a decent quality plate. they will not fit a cheap 2" bar though, as they have 50mm holes.