Look, this product is by far one of the cheapest you can find on the market and it gets the job done. If you're actually lifting, then it's perfect for you. For those who complain about the noise it makes when putting the weights on the bar must be casuals..Those rivets on the bar are to keep the weights from sliding so they serve their purpose. I'm sure there is nicer painted sets and fancier bars, but realistically why should that matter if all you're doing is trying to build muscle or tone your body.
I would have given the item 5 stars if the ends of the barbell weren't grooved. When the plates are put on and taken off the bar, the ends of the barbell are like a rasp that sands the paint off the weight plates. This leaves paint dust on my floor and my hands. It exposes the metal and will lead to rust. Plus, every time I put a plate on it sounds like i'm playing a washboard. I've never seen a barbell like this before, ever.
Great value for a 300 LB. weight set. Very sturdy steel plates and bar.