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    1973 Prices

    Today I was looking in a old box of mine for my marriage certificate and came across an old receipt for my first pair of "real" skates. It is dated Oct. 16th, 1973. The skates SPTeri's cost 72.50 and MK-Professional blades $35.00 for a grand total of $112.88. And to think I just spent $720 for a new pair of skates.

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    There's been a lot of inflation since the early 1970s, so perhaps $150.00 in 1973 is the same as $750 today?

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    The Hyde skates that I just retired for my new Klingbeils & MK Pros (also about $700) were bought in 1974, I think, when I was at college, and cost close to $100. They were the top off-the-shelf assembled skates at the time. I remember thinking they were REALLY expensive, and having to talk my parents into the enormous expense.

    At 30 years of use for approximately $3 a year, I think I got my money's worth out of them!

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    Wow I can't believe your Hyde skates lasted that long! I would certainly say you got your money's worth.

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    Hee, hee. In 1998, I decided to buy a new pair of skates, even though I wasn't really back into skating then. I realized, of course, that they'd cost a bit more than they did when I was a kid. I was thinking, oh, $200. What I got was a $450 pair of Reidell Gold Stars with Coronation Ace blades - and I thought "ouch".

    Fast forward to 2002 - skating seriously now, and need another new pair. $825 for my Klingbeils and Ultima Elites . And now I need yet another new pair of boots..... :\

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    Makes me remember the phrase, they don't make things like they used to!!!

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    This isn't about 1973 but I've heard about rinks charging up to $18.00 for an hour of freestyle. My rink is a steal at a drop in rate of $6.00.

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    Chelsea Piers here in NYC is $170 for ten freestyle 50-minute sessions, or $17 each (regular is, I believe, $22!).

    It does put a damper on things because you have to calculate whether you'll get your money's worth out of skating on a given day. I wouldn't dream of coming for only half the session, for example, if I have another commitment I can't break; but those half hours on a regular basis could be more helpful than 2 sessions a week - all I can really afford.
    Last edited by artekgwent; 07-13-2004 at 07:01 AM. Reason: redundancy in words

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    The rink where I skate charges $8 for a freestyle session.

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    At the risk of sounding like a brat....my rink rocks! We are non-profit and freestyle is just that - FREE! It is the one and only Jones Center for Families in Springdale, Arkansas. I love it, and we are so very lucky to have this beautiful facility!

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    OOH, Glacier, I'm jealous, that sounds so wonderful. We charge $10 an hour for freestyle, although if you purchase ice time via your rink card it works out to 8 or 9 an hour, depending on the session.

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    I think I skated on my first freestyle session in 1973. It was $2 for the hour, or $4 for the hour of patch before, which also included the freestyle, but I didn't start patch till '74.

    And Reidell Gold Star boots and Pattern 99 blades each cost about $80/pair ca. 1974-75.

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    Glacier- Free Ice!!!!!!!!!! Oh how lucky you are. I have a annual pass which cost $375 a year. I skate about 3 times a week so that would come out to about $2.60 each time I skate.

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    Oooohhh, you guys are making me feel guilty. We have a wonderful facility and it was generous of the founders to creat the community center that they did. And it is not a dive either...it is a beautiful building with high ceilings and windows. Plus the center has 2 pools, computer labs, a beautiful chapel, a senior center, conference centers, and classrooms, They have free school that offers free classes. Oh, and we have a workout room, gym with a track...all free. If you are ever near Northwest Arkansas, come visit! You won't be disappointed.

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    Wow, Glacier, that sounds really great. Who sez Arkies are backward.

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