You can buy cheap Cap barbell stuff. It all weighs the same. It will chip faster, so get a small bottle of touch up paint.
There made in China. Don't know if Made in the USA is a concern or not. Macy makes around the same quality, but there cut in the middle so you can grip them easier.
Local fitness places will most likely carry stuff middle of the road, sometimes the more expensive brands.
Look in your local paper in the bargain hunters section. From time to time people will want to get rid of their stuff. You can get awesome deals. And again it all weighs the same.
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