Just thought I'd pass this along.
My son recently tried out for a select baseball team (9U) and I was looking for a new baseball bat for him. He's wanted a "big barrel" bat for awhile now. All of his friends have them and I've been reluctant to get one for him for a couple reasons: 1) the price. All of the ones I've seen are between $200-300. He's still developing and not the strongest kid in the world, so the -9, -10 drops are the best for him at this age and those are the most expensive. 2) I wanted him to play this year with a 2 1/4" barrel so he'd learn to center the ball and "earn" his hits, if you will. I didn't want him using some mega-huge barrel bat that was too big for him, hitting it off the handle and letting the bat get the hit for him, even though he didn't hit it well.
Well, I found the answer to my problems today. I found a DeMarini 28" bat with a -10 drop (18 oz) at DirectSports.com that was on sale for $89.00 (regularly $199.99). Sweet! I placed my order this morning, only to have a service rep call me to inform me they were sold out. "We have the 2008 model on sale for $179.99 right now..." "Nope. I don't want to spend that much for a bat," I told her. "Go ahead and cancel the order." I did a quick web search for that model bat and found a site called "JustBats.com." Man, am I lucky I found this site. Not only did they have that model, they had it on sale for $99.99 and best of all, it's part of a buy one, get one free offer. So, I'll be paying $10 more than if I would have bought the bat through DirectSports (not really because DirectSports charges $9.95 shipping and shipping is free on the JustBats.com site - so it's a push) and I'll be getting another bat (same exact model, size, and weight) free. That means I can have him use one bat for games only, and one bat (the exact same one) for practice and batting cages. Very good deal, IMO.
I just wanted to let all of you know on this site that deals like this were available. I didn't want to pay a fortune for my son's bat, but I wanted him to have good equipment. JustBats.com has other bats if you don't like the DeMarini's. I suggest if you are looking for a bat, you give that site a try. Also, they have a sister store called "JustBallGloves.com," that offers discounted baseball gloves. The links to both sites are below. Hope this thread helps some others out there that didn't want to spend a ton of money on good equipment as well.