It appears that clubs can get a discounted rate from equipment / gear suppliers. It came up in Google that Absolute Fencing offers up to 20% off to clubs and coaches, but this information may be dated. Our local club keeps a fairly good selection of Absolute Fencing items in stock locally and adds on average $6 - $7 to retail price (i.e., to the MSRP listed on Absolute Fencing web site) of the items that they sell, so their price is higher than the price on Absolute web site. Taking into account shipping which one has to pay when ordering from the internet, it comes about even (at least, if you buy just a single item - more expensive if you buy multiple items), but it goes against the idea that the club would get a discounted rate from a vendor and would offer certain savings to its members by sharing a part of the discount, or at the very least, offer MSRP pricing without shipping charges. What is your experience with your club? Do you pay more when ordering items through the club, or less? Do you get any savings on price or on shipment?