How much do you pay for a can of balls?

How much do you pay for a can of balls?


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pabletion

Hall of Fame
I whine about how much I have to pay for a can of tennis balls over here (Guatemala), and everytime I hit the good ol' USA I stock up on Wilson Championship Extra Duty at Target, which are under $3 bucks all of the time. Over here, the same balls can cost up to $9.75 and this price is given by the exclusive Wilson distributor at their sporting goods store!

I got a hold of the exclusive Wilson distributor in Guatemala, who happens to be a friend's brother, and the best price he offered me is roughly $4.95 (figure their profit margins!). Not as bad as $9.75, but its no $3.55 for Penn Championship Extra Duty (six-pack of cans). So when I buy local, I go for Penn, even though my favorite tennis ball considering cost-quality is the Wilson Championship Extra Duty ball.

A contact of mine who works for a tennis brand in France said something about balls being cheaper in the US than anywhere else because
1. Huge conpetition between ball brands.
2. Theyre made in the US (no huge shipping costs)

Makes sense.... So,

How much do you pay for your regular, cheap but not cheapest (coach) can of balls? Where do you live?
 
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I only hit with Dunlop Championship...I buy 4 or 5 cans ( 4 per can ) at the time, cost: $ 3.12 + tax...here in SoCal.

When I'm in Europe ( France ), they sell the can of 4 at the obscene price of 8 euros ( = $ 9.00 ).
 

4-string

Professional
Try $14.50 per can (local store) of Head ATP.

So I tend to buy from the UK, even with shipping it is less than half price.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
...A contact of mine who works for a tennis brand in France said something about balls being cheaper in the US than anywhere else because
1. Huge conpetition between ball brands.
2. Theyre made in the US (no huge shipping costs)...
I highly doubt any tennis balls are still made in the US. Wilson's are made in China:

An article about Slazenger tennis balls: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2013/jun/26/wimbledon-tennis-balls-miles-centre-court

Shipping really doesn't factor in, Australia is closer to China than the US is, but a can of 3 balls cost around 9-11 AUD (around 7 to 8.5 USD). Import duty, retailer collusion, captive audiences, supply/demand, etc are the real cost drivers.
 

MrRandom247

Semi-Pro
Seriously, now..
Wilson Hardcourt
$12 for 4 at Tennis Retailer.
$10 for 4 at a Big Box type store.
$5 for 3 at a special secret place..
 

Robert F

Semi-Pro
Does anyone know if they ever tried to create a ball that can be used over and over? Better than pressureless balls?
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
Unreal. I easily go through ~100 cans/year. Do you guys use tennis balls for multiple matches or just suck it up and pay robbery prices?
I only paid that during my trips to Australia, at home in the States of course it is $3 to $3.50 when buying a single can.
 

pabletion

Hall of Fame
Unreal. I easily go through ~100 cans/year. Do you guys use tennis balls for multiple matches or just suck it up and pay robbery prices?
Yes. Multiple matches :(

I try and stretch every can for two or three matches, when Im rich & famous I'll open a fresh can every 6 games, meanwhile I suck it up.

I go through around a box a year, that is, I open or try to open a fresh can twice a month.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Many of us in the US have no clue about how good we have it when buying racquets and balls. I will bring as many cans of balls possible when traveling to most overseas locations, and then pay through the nose like everyone else when those have been used. I pay around $1.50 per can for Penn Championship when purchased in either 12 or 24 can cases and $2.89 for Pro Penn Marathon in 24 can cases.
 

MiPeGr

Rookie
I tend to prefer the Wilson Championships. I tend to stock up when the local sporting goods store has them on sale @ $2.29 per can.

I tried asking the manager about getting a whole case at that price, but they put all their stock out singly & don't keep the boxes. I'm welcome to grab 24 cans @ that price, I just don't get a perfectly-sized container to hold them all in.

I'd like to know where @Chotobaka gets his Penn Marathons for $2.89 (~$67/case). The pro shop in town does cases for $89, or I could mail-order, with the attendant shipping costs. I'd think about US Opens or Penn Marathons instead of my Wilson Championships if I could get them at a price like that...
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Seriously, now..
Wilson Hardcourt
$12 for 4 at Tennis Retailer.
$10 for 4 at a Big Box type store.
$5 for 3 at a special secret place..
2 bucks for a 3 ball can at Target, just load up on about 6-8 cans every few months. ;)

Which actually reminds me, I have a 10 dollar off coupon, so free tennis balls here I come!
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
San Francisco, about $2.60 for a can of Dunlop HD Hardcourts, maybe 275 for Penn HD Hardcourts. I never buy more than 3 cans at a time because I might die soon and not get to use all 3 cans.
Haha, that's the saddest and funniest thing I've read!

Well played!
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
I tend to prefer the Wilson Championships. I tend to stock up when the local sporting goods store has them on sale @ $2.29 per can.

I tried asking the manager about getting a whole case at that price, but they put all their stock out singly & don't keep the boxes. I'm welcome to grab 24 cans @ that price, I just don't get a perfectly-sized container to hold them all in.

I'd like to know where @Chotobaka gets his Penn Marathons for $2.89 (~$67/case). The pro shop in town does cases for $89, or I could mail-order, with the attendant shipping costs. I'd think about US Opens or Penn Marathons instead of my Wilson Championships if I could get them at a price like that...
I have a connection who sells them to me close to his cost -- although I get good deals on everything I buy, I send him a lot of retail and wholesale referral business.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
San Francisco, about $2.60 for a can of Dunlop HD Hardcourts, maybe 275 for Penn HD Hardcourts. I never buy more than 3 cans at a time because I might die soon and not get to use all 3 cans.
Tennis is the only God blessed game in paradise. I will put my balls and racket in the coffin. ;)

Buyng from Sportsdirect at $5 a can of Dunlop Fort.
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
I pay $2.49 for the basic Wilson or Penn ball at Target. Was $1.99 last year.

The only times I've bought balls by the case (from Costco or Wal-Mart), the balls have bounced like rocks every time and I had to return them.
 

MarcusInKensington

Hall of Fame
Tecnifibre X-One. £17.50 ($22.69) per dozen.

Expensive for yellow fluffy spherical objects, but last 10x longer than any other ball I have ever used. They simply don't lose pressure.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
My local Target is a little slow...
Last week, bought two cans of Penn Extra Duty Felt Hardcourts for 1.99 each. Opened a can on a Friday, no player's, used them on Monday for a 40 minute hit, then on Wed brought them out for 4.0 dubs and nobody complained about the balls, and two of the guys are super picky, always new ball player's.
 

Muppet

Legend
2 bucks for a 3 ball can at Target, just load up on about 6-8 cans every few months. ;)

Which actually reminds me, I have a 10 dollar off coupon, so free tennis balls here I come!
Would you cover Serena up, please? As an ambassador of our sport I think she deserves a little more respect than this. Just a request.
 
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Deleted member 23235

Guest
I'm a new-can-every-time-I-play guy...

pay about 3/can for whatever premium ball of the day is (marathon, atp, usopen, grandprix, etc,...). always buy cans by the case.

I suspect the guys that use balls for multiple days are slicers, dicers, and dinkers. while it is cheaper, I think the real reason is that it helps control harder shots, hard hitters can't hit as hard, and it more effectively keeps their dinky shots low.

my $0.02
 

pabletion

Hall of Fame
I'm a new-can-every-time-I-play guy...

pay about 3/can for whatever premium ball of the day is (marathon, atp, usopen, grandprix, etc,...). always buy cans by the case.

I suspect the guys that use balls for multiple days are slicers, dicers, and dinkers. while it is cheaper, I think the real reason is that it helps control harder shots, hard hitters can't hit as hard, and it more effectively keeps their dinky shots low.

my $0.02
Multiple day user here, and NO, absolutely not a slicer, dicer, dinker. Although, like I said, I probably "stretch" the cans of balls to two or three matches, at most (three matches, when I forget to bring a new can). I absolutely prefer new balls, but hey, budget doesnt allow for new balls every six games (not yet, at least!).

I save the used balls to have around and practice, etc. If you can spring for a new can each time you play, thats great, wish I could also, but its more a matter of expenses than level of play (cause, you know, I can kick your ass all day long, NY!).
 
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Deleted member 23235

Guest
Multiple day user here, and NO, absolutely not a slicer, dicer, dinker. Although, like I said, I probably "stretch" the cans of balls to two or three matches, at most (three matches, when I forget to bring a new can). I absolutely prefer new balls, but hey, budget doesnt allow for new balls every six games (not yet, at least!).

I save the used balls to have around and practice, etc. If you can spring for a new can each time you play, thats great, wish I could also, but its more a matter of expenses than level of play (cause, you know, I can kick your ass all day long, NY!).
lol, challenge accepted!
 

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
I'm supposed to buy new ones?

Been doing fine picking up old balls around the court for years. Not as shiny yellow, but they do OK.
 

Lukhas

Legend
A contact of mine who works for a tennis brand in France said something about balls being cheaper in the US than anywhere else because
1. Huge conpetition between ball brands.
2. Theyre made in the US (no huge shipping costs)
Well I'm French, so I can help you on that one. I use Artengo TB930s which are extra duty. 5.95€ for a tube, 16.50€ for three. At least there are four balls per can... Unfortunately, I'm also quite picky with balls, so I'm considering trying Tretorn Micro X Comfort. Already tried the regular version and they indeed were quite hard.
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
I buy them by the case from good old TW. Dunlop Grand Prixs I think. Always have a can in my bag, don't mind popping one to play with new balls. I think the case is like $70 for 24 so, less than $3 can.

After a good match I throw the balls in my practice hopper. When practicing and a ball is losing too much fuzz or is noticeably flatter, I leave them on the court for someone else to scoop up for their use, for their dog, kids to play with... don't care. They always disappear. (It's probably MathGeek scooping them up ?? :rolleyes: )
 

bonchien

New User

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I'd not flinch at $2.75/can for personal play; but I used to go through a (half)case a week just for two round robins. No matter what ball we used on the hard courts, they were cooked after two hours. When available, I would use four-ball cans(partially in case one went over the fence and couldn't be retrieved, partially to get decent balls back for the teaching hopper). Paying an extra 75 cents for three balls wouldn't make economic sense when I could get a fourth ball for that amount. Drove some people nuts to have a fourth ball on the court. I liked it for personal play because I could hit four aces without picking up a ball :) The good old days! ;)

Costco(in the States) has Penn balls for just under $2/can every day. Academy Sports has Penn, Wilson and Dunlop very close to $2/can at all times, less during a special.

Back in the '70s, the Bancroft rep(who also handled shipments to Mexico and south) said he had to double or triple orders for retailers as it was common practice for various middlemen to take their 'commission' in the form of merchandise. Even in the '70s, a can of balls at a resort ran about $10US. Then, you had to tip the "ball boys" who would frequently show up to shag balls for the guests. Darned expensive sport, I reckon!
 

pabletion

Hall of Fame
I'd not flinch at $2.75/can for personal play; but I used to go through a (half)case a week just for two round robins. No matter what ball we used on the hard courts, they were cooked after two hours. When available, I would use four-ball cans(partially in case one went over the fence and couldn't be retrieved, partially to get decent balls back for the teaching hopper). Paying an extra 75 cents for three balls wouldn't make economic sense when I could get a fourth ball for that amount. Drove some people nuts to have a fourth ball on the court. I liked it for personal play because I could hit four aces without picking up a ball :) The good old days! ;)

Costco(in the States) has Penn balls for just under $2/can every day. Academy Sports has Penn, Wilson and Dunlop very close to $2/can at all times, less during a special.

Back in the '70s, the Bancroft rep(who also handled shipments to Mexico and south) said he had to double or triple orders for retailers as it was common practice for various middlemen to take their 'commission' in the form of merchandise. Even in the '70s, a can of balls at a resort ran about $10US. Then, you had to tip the "ball boys" who would frequently show up to shag balls for the guests. Darned expensive sport, I reckon!
Costco under $2???? Penn CHAMPIONSHIP????? Goodbye Target, hello Costco, when I hit the States!!!
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Yep...last I noticed was a 15-can box for $29.xx
My local Costco has been carrying the 20 can "Players Pack" for the last couple of years now. $39.00 for the 20 cans. Walmart has had 12 can cases on sale from time to time at $22.00 (order online and pick up at the store). I have used balls from both to fill my cart and have no complaints whatsoever. No flat tubes or dead balls. Quality is exactly the same as from other sources, the count per "case" is the only difference. I can get regular HD Dunnies for $1.89 per can in 24 can cases, but I feel the Penn Championship balls hold up better. Can't beat Costco for year round value on these.
 

chsu74

New User
My local Costco has been carrying the 20 can "Players Pack" for the last couple of years now. $39.00 for the 20 cans. Walmart has had 12 can cases on sale from time to time at $22.00 (order online and pick up at the store). I have used balls from both to fill my cart and have no complaints whatsoever. No flat tubes or dead balls. Quality is exactly the same as from other sources, the count per "case" is the only difference. I can get regular HD Dunnies for $1.89 per can in 24 can cases, but I feel the Penn Championship balls hold up better. Can't beat Costco for year round value on these.
I used Costco Penn balls for a while. They are from a substandard manufacturing line.

Amazon Prime orders now. Excellent service and competitive price all around.
 

JoshAram

Rookie
3.00 for high altitude propenn marathons. 3.00 for Wilson us opens high altitude from local tennis store


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Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
I used Costco Penn balls for a while. They are from a substandard manufacturing line.

Amazon Prime orders now. Excellent service and competitive price all around.

Nonsense. All current production Penn balls are made in a single facility in China, and have been made there for some time now. All Penn Championship balls are made on the same line, in the same factory to the same specs.
 

chsu74

New User
Nonsense. All current production Penn balls are made in a single facility in China, and have been made there for some time now. All Penn Championship balls are made on the same line, in the same factory to the same specs.
You are saying Penn has only one production line in that factory to make various branded tennis balls with different weights and specs with their volume? Sounds like nonsense to me as well.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
You are saying Penn has only one production line in that factory to make various branded tennis balls with different weights and specs with their volume? Sounds like nonsense to me as well.
To think Head/Penn has created a separate line for the specific purpose of producing "substandard" Championship balls for Costco (and other big box distributors) to sell for a slightly lower price is just idiotic from a business perspective. The simple reason that distributors like Costco and Walmart have lower prices is that they are the 900 pound Gorillas who have the ability to grind out good deals from their suppliers, not because they purchase substandard products. In the case of Costco's practices, it is actually quite the opposite. Likewise, it makes no sense for Head/Penn to have identically branded substandard products in a very competitive marketplace.

Just for yuks I posed the question to a Head/Penn rep and they stated that all balls for each specific product line are exactly the same, irrespective of distribution channel.

Years ago, when they were initially consolidating ball production to China there were plenty of inconsistencies in QC across the board, which may have contributed to idea that failure of balls purchased at Costco were unique to that company. I have know people who experienced flat tubes purchased at Costco at that time. At the same time, I experienced defective product purchased through other distributors such as pro shops and big box sporting goods stores. It was a brand wide issue, with the exception of the then US made Pro Penn balls.

Currently, there is no difference in the quality and incidence of defects among Penn Championship balls at Costco vs anywhere else -- unless you have a conspiracy theory.
 
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