NYSC Price Discrepancy
Flim flam pricing model at NYSC in Hoboken
Updating this Hoboken411 story from this past summer. After we mentioned the “price discrepancy” between NYSC gyms in the tri-state area, the Hoboken clubs have taken notice – now offering “$19.95 membership plans” as you can see here plastered all over their uptown location.
No. 1 complaint at NYSC – poor management
But after speaking with several Hoboken residents who are also NYSC members – the club is getting a LOT of flack because of their handling of the situation.
Many people say NYSC is run by a bunch of brain-dead buffoons. And canceling your membership – let alone trying to have a logical conversation with anyone remotely connected with this company seems to drive people to drink. Members who were paying $70 or more per month (even after fulfilling contractual obligations) made no headway with either canceling or getting a better deal.
Unfortunately – some stay with NYSC because they have “platinum” memberships which allow for use of ALL locations. And others stay on because they’re too lazy to walk the extra few blocks to a capable gym (ironic isn’t it).
But I really think that the trickery and bullshit that happens at gyms like NYSC should just stop. Do they really need a complicated pricing model to stay profitable enough to make the rent?
At least there are places like Planet Fitness (albeit not as “nice”) that save you some grief.
Want to save a lot of money in 2015? Do some push-ups and walk around town.
Why do NYSC gyms have price differences?
Was coming back from Willowbrook Mall the other day – and I noticed a billboard for NYSC (New York Sports Clubs) in West Caldwell advertising unlimited gym memberships for just $19.95 per month (month to month with no commitment!)
The cost here for a “core membership” (one location only) is a whopping $70 per month! And that doesn’t include a $50 fee for the “privilege” of committing for a year, or a ridiculous $130 fee if you want the “luxury” to pay month-to-month.
To shell out nearly $1,000 per year to move a weighted contraption back and forth seems a bit excessive (not to mention washing all those smelly yoga pants). For almost 90% less money, you can join Planet Fitness instead, and not have nearly the same amount of guilt catching up on your DVR instead of strengthening your bones. Heck, that saved money could be put towards Christmas shopping or a nice vacation. But hey, it’s your dough.