In the last 4 years we have bought no less than 300 different baseball or softball bats. Many of these are to test to write on our bat reviews. Many others are for personal use. In that time we have come up with a number of ways to get cheap bats. Often that entails working directly with major vendors and manufacturers.
Other times we lurk on social medial boards, eBay and Amazon. We take much of the things we have learned in buying bats and written articles on them over the years. We suspect that data will be helpful for those buying bats for the first time or for a trick or two from seasoned experts.