Don’t Try This At Home

I like buying things off Groupon.com as much as I can. You can find some great deals. So when my wife asked me to get her an elliptical machine for her to workout, I figured that this would be a great time to check Groupon and see if I can save some money.

I went to the Groupon site and did a search for elliptical’s and found several to choose from. The price ranged anywhere from $399 to $2200. I had wanted the BowFlex Max Trainer personally and they run about $1700 for the M5, which is the mid level machine, but she thought that machine would be to difficult for her. So I found the Freemotion e5.5 elliptical for $599, which is great cuz if she loses interest in it I won’t be out to much money. Like I said I personally wanted the Max Trainer, I would have used that baby also. I paid the $599, and they offered a set up service for an additional $99, which I passed on. I would later regret that decision.

So I ordered it and received it and received it today. The box it came in weighed about 350 lbs and was about 7 ft long. The driver who delivered it said he would only help me get it inside the front door, no further. So we dragged it in and it was not easy. That thing felt like a ton.

I opened the box thinking that it would be mostly assembled, wrong. It came in about 20 pieces. I assembled all the pieces in the room it was to be set up in. I wasn’t in the mood to put it together, so I left it and took a nap. Once my wife got home I showed what we were up against and started to attempt to put it together. It was a b&#%&. You have to lift it up and attach to brackets, which are impossible to do by yourself. I spent about 3 hours getting those two pieces on with the help of my wife.

I finally gave up when I could’ figure out which bolts they wanted me to use to put the dashboard on with. The bolts looked nothing like the instruction manual pics. I came to the conclusion that this wasn’t going to happen. Luckily they included a number to their set up service. I gave them a call at 11:15pm and the very nice lady who answered said that will be $187 to have someone come out to put it together. I said what happened to the $99 service? Well, you only get that when you are ordering. After that you pay full retail.

I was also informed that it was a two man job, duh. So the moral of the story is when you are offered a set up service in the initial order, take it. I wish I had. I can usually put stuff together with no problem, but I should have realized this was going to be more than I could handle. I could have spent that 3 hours playing Xbox or something.