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★★★☆☆

“Made in China buy else where”

Written on: 27/12/2011 by grocott2964 (10 reviews written)

Me and my girlfriend were after a treadmill to improve fitness during the bad weather. We seen a Reebok one that looked great but was a out of our price range at £900, we looked at the Roger Black gold treadmill but this was £700 in Argos a little expensive, I seen one secondhand on eBay for £350 and made an offer at the same time Argos put them on sale half price at £350 we ordered one and waited for delivery. When it got here we set it up one problem was that the instructions were badly written with spelling and grammar mistakes, this maybe because they had been translated from Chinese to English directly. The console also has bad grammar on it. The build quality is poor to average even though it is fairly heavy the it feels a touch rickety. The £350 we paid is all it is worth for Argos trying to sell it at £700 is a rip off. The pulse rate is junk it reads 66 beats per minute every time I use it and if you hold it for about 5 minutes it increases slowly to what might be the right amount but by then it does not matter, if it does not work it should not be fitted then they could take some money off the price. The calorie counter is also totally junk you can run for 10 kilometers for less than 200 cal, it is common knowledge that an average sized human uses 100 calories per mile. The problem comes from the fact that lots of our products are made in China and are badly made then brought to the UK and sold at the same price as quality made goods from Japan, Germany and the UK China only used to make poor quality goods that were cheap and inevitably failed. It is up to us the consumer to take a stand against the garbage that is being sold at sky high prices. If you see something you like ask one question was it made in China if the answer is yes then walk away. As for this treadmill look around and if I was you buy a secondhand reconditioned industrial treadmill these treadmills are designed for hard work and with small amount of work load a single/couple person will put on it should last for decades.