Originally Posted by emyers
I picked mine up for $300 with a dual tower, 10lb co2 tank and 1 keg. Sold that for $180 and funded the collar with 4 taps. I spend $50 upgrading to a 20lb tank for easier refill swaps and spend $50 on a 4 way gas spliter. So total investment $400+kegs. I got over $800 worth of gear in that initial deal. So yea CL can be better than making it your self.
Got me beat in the bargain department. I picked up a large freezer for only $50. Little did I know it could hold 9 kegs, so naturally I needed at least 8 taps (soon to be 9). I will have sparkling water, kombucha and 7 beers on tap when done. Even though I got a good deal on everything I have close to $100 invested, and that does not include kegs or CO2 tank.
I picked up a towered kegertator for $100 recently. I kept the CO2 tank and regulator and traded the rest to a welder for work to be done later. So there are good deals to be found on Craigslist but if you are handy, making from scratch is more fun.