my ferrari (elliptical machine)

April 20, 2007

My elliptical machineYesterday, a chapter closed on the long-drawn saga of my elliptical machine. Three weeks ago, when I started looking for gyms I found they had all been sealed — i.e. the police had shut them down for operating out of residences. (Idiots!) So I did some research and found that the cost of 5 months of membership to one of these home-grown gyms pretty much equaled the cost of a mid-level elliptical machine (the only machine I do at the gym b/c of my feet.) After some serious comparison shopping, I found a good deal and paid an advance to have it sent to my house. That was more than two weeks ago. The piece “got stuck in customs,” had “trouble unloading,” “got stopped at the border,” and finally made it to Delhi, I’m told, but for some reason the dude had stopped answering my calls. Finally, I got him to commit (and that word is always used very loosely around these parts) to a time. Three more commitments later and many hours spent waiting and rearranging plans around the estimated drop-off time, I finally called off the deal and went to get my advance back. (I don’t know why I really expected the chap to show up at the time he said he would, honestly. I’m so naive sometimes.) And instead of the black model I’d chosen, I had to opt for this devilish red, flamed one instead from another vendor because it was in stock. And surprise, surprise! It actually showed up at home as promised, when promised!

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5 Responses to “my ferrari (elliptical machine)”

  1. jatinc says:


    Just as I was Googling for Elliptical Prices in India… I landed up on this article of yours.

    Can you please guide me what this elliptical costed you 2 years back and how effective you find it.


  2. chhavi says:

    Jatin, I found they’re massively expensive at retail outlets like the Proline store. I got this from “Cycle market” in Jhandewalan, Delhi (easily accessibly by the Delhi Metro). Considering the store owner had this shipped from Bombay, I assume they can ship it all over India. I got this under 12k, 2 years ago. The same retails for a minimum of 18k in Mumbai.

  3. jatinc says:

    Thanks for the reply.

    You are absolutely right as regards pricing by Branded Shops. I Visited AFKON and Proline yesterday in Mulund (Mumbai) and the prices they quoted me for the Cross Trainer were above 40k. However, shopkeeper did not miss a single oppurtunity to convince me that the Cross Trainers available for 20k will not last more than couple of years and will give maintenance problems frequently and the ones they offer for hefty price will last life long…

    Now I am planning to visit shops near Metro to check the prices there and hope to find something to fit my budget….

  4. jenna says:

    Hey this is a very interesting article!

  5. Tawna Simoes says:

    It is legitimate happiness to study you blog!

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