One of my local sporting goods stores only offers crappy Aerobie golf discs that do not fly well at all. In addition to poor selection, non disc golf specific stores usually charge MSRP retail price. They want $20 for a disc I can get online for $13! And who wants to pay retail when you don’t have to?
The problem with buying discs online is that you also have to pay for shipping. But, even with the shipping costs, you’re still saving money compared with the local retailers (except for sometimes Hastings has buy one get one half off sales). When buying discs online, you also have to wait a few days before your discs actually arrive in your hand. The big advantage of buying frisbee golf discs online is that you don’t have to leave your home to do it.
Understand Different Plastic Grades
One of the tricky things when shopping for an inexpensive disc is understanding the quality. Not all golf discs are built of the same plastic and come in the same quality. The least expensive ones are made from a soft low quality plastics that nick very easily. Once a disc gets nicked, it loses flight performance and predictability. All the major manufacturers use several different grades of plastic, and price them according to quality.
The first time I ever bought discs online, I didn’t realize that different plastic qualities exist. I ended up purchasing Innova DX plastic discs, knowing the Innova brand name, but not realizing that the drivers I got were poor quality that didn’t last. While a base plastic disc isn’t a bad thing for putters and even midranges, in my opinion, base plastic drivers are worthless (unless you are throwing them in a precarious situation where there is a good chance you will lose your disc and don’t want to lose one of your good ones).
Why Amazon, E-Bay, and Walmart are likely NOT the places with the Cheapest Discs
The cost to sell products on Amazon, Ebay, and Walmart Marketplace is expensive! In order to make a profit on an individual disc using Fulfilled by Amazon (available for prime shipping and shipped directly from Amazon warehouses), the company listing the product must have about a 60% margin to cover the fulfillment and shipping costs (shipping is not ever actually free).
Most disc golf specialty retailers list their products at “Keystone” or double their wholesale costs. Because the cost to list on Amazon is already more than their profit margin, there is no reason for them to list good quality discs.
If retailers fulfill the product themselves, at minimum they will still pay a 15% fee to Amazon, but with Amazon’s liberal return policies the actual selling costs are substantially more expensive.
Because of the ultra high profit margin needed to sell on Amazon either:
1. The discs for sell are made with junky plastic in China by companies that don’t know a thing about disc golf (which is often the case on many Amazon and Walmart.com listings)
2. The prices on Amazon are more expensive than disc golf specialty companies who only sell GOOD Quality discs.
So if Amazon can’t provide the lease expensive price on quality discs, where can I get good discs for very little money?
Least Expensive Places to Buy Frisbee Golf Discs Online
We’ve done extensive research and here are our top three websites for cheap golf discs:
#1 Cheap Retailer – Infinite Discs
The least expensive place to buy new discs on the internet is InfiniteDiscs.com. Infinite Discs is by far the biggest retailer in disc golf and likely get better pricing than most of the smaller companies. For normal inventory, their retail prices are better than most, but you can really save when you shop from their misprints, factory seconds, and on sale discs. These prices are lower than anything on the internet, including Amazon and E-bay. Infinite typically advertises different discs on sale each Tuesday and occasionally announces discount codes in their newsletters and social media.
Shipping on these discs can be free if you spend enough at once. The other great thing about Infinite is that they take pictures of every disc so you can see exactly the disc you will be purchasing.
If you’re not looking for specific discs or flight paths, a great way to get a bunch of premium plastic discs at an inexpensive price is by purchasing a Mystery Box. The package sets Infinite offers gives you 7 different discs (none of which are in a baseline plastic) for less than $10 each.
Disc golf is so fun you might as well enjoy it even more by paying as little as possible.
Direct Links for Infinite’s Cheap Discs