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#21 martinfan5

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:12 PM

We were kidding about the "slow boat"... ;)


I know :D

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:53 AM

Costs of the base components is higher, + modeling community as a whole is older + in most cases means less kits sold / produced. = higher prices

the days of the .99 cent kits are LOOOOOOONG gone

Edited by gtx6970, 23 July 2012 - 09:13 AM.


#23 Brizio

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:23 AM

Have you looked inside yet?

That would be exactly the moment you understand why it costs 75 bucks.


Agree.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:47 AM

Hang in there,, It will only gets better with age.. my first model was 39 cents,, My first Coke was a nickel,,
pack of smokes in the service was 35 cents,, ( I've Quit ) first new car was 59 dollars a month, and was i sweating..
making them payments,, So..in 20 - 30 more years,,,you'll be happy to pay 75 now....

#25 62rebel

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:44 PM

trailers for sale or rent
rooms to let, fifty cents
no phone, no pool, no pets;
i ain't got no cigarettes...
two hours of pushing brooms
buys a twelve by eight four-bit room
i'm a man of means, by no means;
king of the road......

#26 slusher

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:07 PM

You only live once if you can afford it buy it. other wise money is no good if you don't spend it....

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:29 PM

sure it is... your kids can blow it on stuff YOU wanted, but were too "sensible" to waste money on! me, i'm leaving the way i came in... broke.

#28 MyBradKeselowski

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:51 PM

No matter how high model kits become I'm always going to buy them, as when I decease I can't take the models or the money with me...
They could though put both of them in my casket... LOL
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:08 AM

Maybe you should tell yourself we're lucky they don't cost more. I know nothing about the process of designing or building a kit but it seems tough. Imagine if I gave you a block of white plastic and said, here make a nice and accurate model with 150 pieces of this car right here.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:10 AM

Maybe you should tell yourself we're lucky they don't cost more. I know nothing about the process of designing or building a kit but it seems tough. Imagine if I gave you a block of white plastic and said, here make a nice and accurate model with 150 pieces of this car right here.


It's actually not that bad because of all the machines and computers doing most of the work.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:12 AM

It's actually not that bad because of all the machines and computers doing most of the work.


Yes, but you couldn't get it done for less than 50 bucks.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:22 AM

Yes, but you couldn't get it done for less than 50 bucks.


Obviously not, because I don't have access to the machinery and technology they do, just like with any manufactured product.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:26 AM

And tha

Obviously not, because I don't have access to the machinery and technology they do, just like with any manufactured product.


And that's my point. Machines are expensive. Research is expensive. People smart enough to use them are expensive to employ.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:34 AM

That's why smaller, newer companies charge so much for their kits. But bigger companies like Revell have already sold enough kits to make up for their start up cost. That's why kits don't need to be as expensive as they are. They should actually get cheaper as they go along, but the model companies are taking advantage of the fact that we are willing to spend as much as we do. It doesn't help that there are fewer and fewer modelers out there to buy the kits.

Edited by 91blaze, 26 July 2012 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:35 AM

make more paper...

everyone complains about the price, but in the end , everyone still buys them.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:37 AM

That's why smaller, newer companies charge so much for their kits. But bigger companies like Revell have already sold enough kits to make up for their start up cost. That's why kits don't need to be as expensive as they are. They should actually get cheaper as they go along, but the model companies are taking advantage of the fact that we are willing to spend as much as we do. It doesn't help that there are fewer and fewer modelers out there to buy the kits.


You`re theory sounds good.... I mean the first year of a 1:1 production car shoudl have paid all of the fees and costs, so the next couple of years should be signifigantly cheaper??? these companies still have employees to pay, facility costs, buildings, maintnence, taxes.......

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:04 PM

Greed ! LOL

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

Greed ! LOL


No. There's not enough profit margin after the R&D and manufacturing for that to make any sense in a shrinking market. The kit manufacturers are just trying to hang on and keep their jobs.

Edited by sjordan2, 26 July 2012 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:29 PM

It's tricky. How do you price a model kit so that your average consumer won't choke on the price, yet still make a profit while at the same time your consumer base is shrinking, not growing? Do you charge less per kit in the hope of selling more kits to fewer people and build sales volume that way... or do you charge more per kit because your consumer base is dwindling and you have to make more money per unit in order to survive? And if you go with the higher price business model, at what price point do you start actually killing sales?

Like I said, it's not that easy. I sure don't have the answer.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

Cost of model, 20 dollars. Cost of paint and supplies, 12 dollars. Time spend relaxing and building, priceless.