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Discussion: Warranty or No Warranty Bats

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Aug. 23, 2012
Combat93
1 posts
Warranty or No Warranty Bats
What are your thoughts on a Warrantied Senior Bat? Would you pay more?
Aug. 23, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4311 posts
I'd pay $50 more for a one year, but not the 100 plus, usually seen.
Aug. 23, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
That will never happen, these bats are made to break..The bat companies would lose their mind trying to replace all the bats that we break in any given year!!!
Aug. 23, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Plus, as long as guys are willing to buy them without warranties in the quantities many do there is little reason for the companies to want to do that.
Aug. 24, 2012
hitman
Men's 65
298 posts
I fnd it quite interesting since I deal in both senior and all other bats. The price of the senior bats are right around $200 in most cases with no warranty and not much durability.
The price of all the other bats has dropped to mostly around $200 with many under $200 and have a full year warranty. Just go on any of the websites and check prices.
Marketing isn't it amazing?????????
The Bat companys know who has the money and are willing to spend it!!!!!!!!!!

The Hitman
Aug. 24, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Or are willing to be bend over and be led to slaughter. Over and over and over..........
Aug. 24, 2012
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Hitman, you are who I have been looking for. How much difference do you find comparing senior bats
to hot USSSA bats and ASA bats.
Aug. 24, 2012
hitman
Men's 65
298 posts
HJ,
A top quality USSSA bat well broken in is hardly any different than the Senior bats. Notice I said top quality and well broken in not modified/shaved or rolled. The ASA bats are not as good but again a top quality ASA bat well broken in is short on overall distance. Also it depends on who is hitting them, guys that cut the ball can hit with broomsticks and still get good results, while the rest either power the ball or let the bat do the work. In Senior bats it is mostly letting the bat do the work along with proper mechanics!!!!!!

Also if you think we break a lot of bats the kids just destroy them. Of the bats I sell to the kids very few ever make the one year warranty, some because they do a lot of BP and some because the whole team uses them. Just like the Senior bats they are not made for a whole team to use but they do on an average get more swings than the senior bats. They also have premature failures as I had them returned broken with 3 swings and the handle completely severed.
Overall a good USSSA bat is not broken very often by Seniors with the exception of some the big mashers in the 50/55 age groups.

The Hitman
Aug. 24, 2012
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Hitman, thank you. As a 68 y/o I see a major difference in the new 60 y/olds who join our league and the guys approaching 70. I think some of what G19 says may be applicable to the game to those 40 to 50, but is irrelevant to those over 60. Perhaps the threshold of "senior" is too
low. I don't see that many broken senior bats in my plus 60 league. Dressing like a hockey goalie makes sense if your reflexes have slowed with age
and the bat makes little difference. I don't understand those who get joy showing off the wounds of SB which could have been prevented by some protection, even the BB players wear protective padding because it is just smart and the baseball players wear mucho protection we can see and much more we can't see.
Aug. 24, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4311 posts
hitman,
Not sure where your looking at warranted bats but I see the better ones w\ 1 yr warty at 299 or more.
Either way, both are COSTLY.


Aug. 24, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4311 posts
HJ,
Depends on the bat for each assn you mention. All have good ones and duds.
ASA @ 98 bpf have some really good ones and the K-mart bats as well, the 1.00 to 1.20, in between BPF have very good bats for U-trip, NSA also & the senior 1.21's are just appearing on the market and you know what happened to the Miken's there.
Evolution in the works. Maybe revolution.
Aug. 24, 2012
hitman
Men's 65
298 posts
taits,

Go to Kelley's, Down to Earth , Hocks and several others, most do have the minimum advertised price of $299 but have call for best price or make an offer. Some are close to two for the price of one and are the new 2013 models. Look at the old models and some are excellent bats selling for less than $100. Make great bats for BP if you don't want to use your Senior bat.

The Hitman
Aug. 24, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4311 posts
hitman,
Have dealt with them both over the years. That pricing is as you say. But they also have even more costly bats and have the price point fix they have to work within.
When the new come in the prices drop, yes they do. Turnover as they say, just like broken bats.
Broke one u-2 in BP once years ago, now only use something I am breaking in or don't care about. Less expensive that way. :>)
Aug. 30, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
I am playing Fall Ball in Montrose, Colorado. Playing with young guys and a lot of tough Spanish Boys down that way in SW Colorado. Strictly ASA bats allowed. I ude our Reebok Vector and our new Reebok ASA Melee last night. The balls are somewhat mushy. Both these bats come with a 1 year warranty. The Melee replaces the Vector-O. The young guns hit the ball pretty darn hard and a few were launched last night. If I can be of any help and/or assistance, please let me know.
Ed Andrews Sun Reebok Sr Rep. (970) 729-3145.
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