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Old 02-16-2012, 05:01 PM   #31
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Re: Ideas for improved CF equip design-- Intro myself and my fitness equipment compan

I appreciate your research Matt
 
Old 02-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #32
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Re: Ideas for improved CF equip design-- Intro myself and my fitness equipment compan

Hello all!

I just wanted to have one last say on the subject of Matt's comments about my company.

As I mentioned before we are still in the early stages and want as much input as possible (on product design, new product lines, customer service, logistics) as we expand. This is the heart of this thread and I hope we can move back to topic.

1) My business is legitimate. We pay our taxes and have all necessary licenses. We offer this information to clients that require it to add us as an official vendor.

2) My website in its current form has worked well in San Diego as most people understood that I was a bootstrapping small business. For the national audience it makes complete sense that my site does not inspire confidence. This is why I mentioned that I am having my site completely redesigned as DiscountFit.com (WFS, it will be complete hopefully within the next few months)

3) My brick and mortar business will be in our new warehouse within the next couple of months, I will make sure to post evidence of that here.

4) I absolutely agree that people should do their due diligence before buying from a new vendor! If you are interested in doing business please contact me directly and I will provide as many references as you require from established gyms, CrossFit gyms, and trainers. You can go to their websites, verify that they are legitimate organizations and then ask them for their opinion on their dealings with us. You can then make an objective decision on whether you would like to work with us or not. We are a one stop shop for equipment and can give really good deals on packages shipped anywhere in the US.

We are looking to build long term relationships with the CrossFit community and make our customer's happy.

5) I am affiliated with ETE. You can feel free to confirm with them yourselves. I am in fact involved in providing input for the equipment manufacturing process and was told to classify myself as a manufacturer by them due to my close relationship with their company and how we do business together. I operate my San Diego regionally based operation DiscountFit and am starting to sell nationally through our brand ETE and my brand DiscountFit. All my prices shipped nationally will match ETE and all my San Diego prices are listed on my website.

We are still in the early stages of our national push and we really value any constructive input from this community!

David Lee
 
Old 02-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #33
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Re: Ideas for improved CF equip design-- Intro myself and my fitness equipment compan

Matt, since it says "affiliate ID 17" in the link in your sig, do you get commissions or bonuses or any benefit from someone who clicks through that link?

Just a question. If so, obviously that provides some quote marks around your "research".

Aside from that though, I (also a former fraud auditor) I do appreciate the questions you bring up.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:47 AM   #34
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Matt, since it says "affiliate ID 17" in the link in your sig, do you get commissions or bonuses or any benefit from someone who clicks through that link?
Fair question. The link has an ID in it that identifies myself as the "click through" initiator. If a purchase arises from that session, I get a referral bonus of 10%. Nothing else is different from going directly to their site. Prices, discounts, etc. All the same. No restrictions. It's their way of saying thanks. Spreading the word is my way of saying thanks to them. I wrote my review of their site before I ever had knowledge of any referral links and before mine was provided to me by the owner. I have not received any referral bonus to date, though one can see through this board that I have referred several people to their site.

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Just a question. If so, obviously that provides some quote marks around your "research".
I question why you automatically assume that having a referral link with a bonus tarnishes or makes questionable any research performed. Specifically, can you provide what makes you believe that? Ultimately, any time I have provided a link to Xtraining in the body of a comment, it has been WITHOUT the referral ID. The link in my signature is compliant with the acceptable use terms of the forum as well. Further, I have referred several people to sites like Wayfair for identical items listed on XT, because Wayfair had a lower current price. Here's one example: (WFS) http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=73498 Ultimately, any research posted has been free of bias.

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Aside from that though, I (also a former fraud auditor) I do appreciate the questions you bring up.
Thanks. I was simply trying to do some vetting of this company because it didn't pass the smell test based on Daniel's first post. Through my research, and some additional clarification by OP, as well as input by ETE, it appears this site isn't "a scam". However, I do still question the appropriateness of OP's first post in context of the posted acceptable use terms regarding blatant commercialism.

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Old 02-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #35
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Re: Ideas for improved CF equip design-- Intro myself and my fitness equipment compan

Some suggestions for equipment:

Sell pull up bars and in different diameters and with different finishes. I can't stand the powder coated or the gloss coated bars. I spent many hours sanding down most of our bars to get to the bare steel and we get comments all the time about having the best pull up bars around. Plus, many of my members are women with smaller hands who greatly prefer the 1" diameter pull up bars.

Sell heavy duty squat racks (there is no pic of them on your site) that have wheels for easy moving and storage. My affiliate is small so stands are brought out and put away only when they are used. That means a lot of lifting/dragging heavy racks around. Ours are almost identical to the Rogue S1 racks so they are HEAVY! Same with the GHD. Your base model looks good at $450 but I would want wheels on it as well. I know this isn't an issue for bigger gyms, but for us it is pretty much a deciding factor. Our Rogue Abram model is beefier than we need and cost more than we wanted to spend but it is very easily moved.

Sell both training and competition bumper plates. Many CF gyms have weightlifting teams now and would like more appropriate gear. That means kgs and fractional plates as well.

Good luck
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:18 AM   #36
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Thank you very much Brad!! I really appreciate the advice. We can probably integrate this into an outdoor product line as well or mobile product line. And I'll work to offer more competition gear as well!
 
Old 02-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #37
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With regards to the bars, we should just offer bare steel bars? We have dif diameters 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 7/8 and 2" at the moment for our rigs and racks, but I can see a 1" option is necessary for women and for Cf kids. Would a 1 3/4" be popular at all?

We are coming out with 3x3 squat stands soon so adding a rolling option would be useful since the main benefit to the stands is being able to move them around.

With regards to squat racks, we have our 3x3 heavy duty rack. http://dldiscountfit.com/commercial/...-rack-pull-bar (wfs) If we added wheels to this rack, would that help with regards to your situation? We also have variants of this rack without pull up bar, without bar or weight storage, with only two pegs total for weights, we also have a 3x3 power cage in the works that can fit all our attachments. So there are definitely different price points we offer as well.

We can offer the above system with said bare steel pull up bars as well.

Anything else you would like to see us build or if anyone wants to ever send me sketches links videos etc on products they would like to see us improve or create would be awesome.
 
Old 02-17-2012, 09:12 AM   #38
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Just wanted to clarify that everything on my site http://DLdiscountFit.com (wfs) is our Local San Diego prices. We will do our best to beat or get close to final prices shipped anywhere for comparable products in the US so contacting me with quote requests directly with your zip code will allow me to get back to you ASAP!!

For large packages, 5 10 15 20k in equip we can almost always beat competing quotes.

Also please feel free to +1 people's ideas so we know which improvements to make first!
 
Old 02-17-2012, 09:35 AM   #39
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David:

Please read the acceptable use rules to this forum: (WFS) http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=340

Please note specifically: "Please don't use the board for personal announcements and profiteering. A discretely placed website reference is generally considered acceptable, but the board is not a place for non-CrossFit organizations to advertise their programs. Commercial postings may be allowed by regular forum contributors at the moderators' discretion."

Thanks,
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