Cleaning them, too! The deep ones are a bear! And you need to add shower fixtures or a separate shower area.When I was building I had gotten a deal on a refurbed clawfoot then after thought sold it.
Reason; the weight of the cast iron ones and how cold they are. Filled for a nice soak and the tub would steal the warmth of the water. Its been to long so I do not remember the price but I went with the acrylic clawfoot tub. I am sure it could not have been more than a cast iron refurb knowing my budget. Seems like I got them directly from a company not Lowes or HD.
They are cute but the down side is older guest have a fear of getting in and out of them, and not so easy for the rest of us either..
Mine came with the house but it costme $318 to have TubRenu do its thing cuz it was eaten out at the drain from a drip. 24 years later - it needs it again but I bought some stuff and did a DYI on it. Looks for crap, but it is white, not rust or black.Buying really heavy stuff used, online can be a shipping problem. Really only works if the $/pound is reasonably favorable.
Building the Inn, DW bought a mammoth side-by-side fridge from a bankrupt contractor in Orlando, a continent away. Pennies for the fridge, but $800 to ship. I didn't want to say how stupid I thought this was, because, well, DW didn't want to know what I thought. A laborer and I wrestled the SOB in to place and I plugged it in, and, ... it worked. DW gives me a triumphant glare.
On a used cast iron tub: any little chip makes it look really used. You won't be able to send it back, but it could look nice out back planted with impatiens. Maybe a topiary sculpted to look like someone bathing..