lets document this:
>from people completely without a clue.
whom exactly do you mean by that, Art?
William, just exactly that. Many people have virtually no knowledge of what is involved in the design, tooling, production of anything plastic model kit related. Frankly, just because a parts pack is smaller, has less product in it, does not necessarily translate into a "price" at any stage of the production/distribution/retailing pipeline that is anything comensurate on the basis of "it only has X% of the raw material/parts count as a regular model car kit".
For example, while a parts pack of just tires is released does not translate directly into massive sales just because everyone wants tires for their model kit. Therefore, while there will be the potential for sales, the volume of sales would not be sufficient to cover the investment in tooling, raw materials, production, packaging and distribution IF the price were to be based on "tires are X% of the cost of a model car kit. Were that to be a valid measurement of how much a parts pack of tires should sell for, then for gosh sakes, a fret of photoetched emblems & details ought to be about the price of a 1st class postage stamp, given the miniscule amount of material present in any PE detail set compared the the sheer volume of plastic in any model car kit. Bottom line: It just does not work that way, never has, and never will.