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post-4847-0-70214800-1348064924_thumb.jpWas it ever cheaper than this? Edited by ROY AVERY

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Was what ever cheaper?

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Sorry Harry.......look again

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I remember .15 cents!

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I Have some bottles that say 10 cents on them

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IIRC, Testors PLA enamels in the square1/4 oz bottles hit the market about 1957, at the outrageous price of 5-cents.

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Everything used to be cheaper! Except electronics. TVs, DVD players, phones, etc. are actually coming down in price over time. The first VCR I bought was $850. In the end they were selling for $100 or less.

Oh, and Model T's. They got cheaper and cheaper as the years went on.

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I remember back to the .15 price. Those days are long gone and never to return.

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Now its 1.49 at hobby lobby. l can't remember how much it was in the early 70's when l was a kid..

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Now its 1.49 at hobby lobby. l can't remember how much it was in the early 70's when l was a kid..

You know, when you think about it... a buck and a half for one quarter of an ounce of paint is a huge ripoff. $6 for an ounce of plain old enamel paint? That's $198 a quart! That's $800 a gallon!!!

Yeesh... talk about making a fair profit... :rolleyes:

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I just miss model kits being available for what I got for my allowance. I used to get $10 and that would usually buy a kit and maybe leave a dollar or two.

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Everything used to be cheaper! Except electronics. TVs, DVD players, phones, etc. are actually coming down in price over time. The first VCR I bought was $850. In the end they were selling for $100 or less.

Oh, and Model T's. They got cheaper and cheaper as the years went on.

Airfare is much less expensive than years ago too, not even considering inflation :unsure:

Sure wish I wouldn't have gotten into aviation :rolleyes:

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You know, when you think about it... a buck and a half for one quarter of an ounce of paint is a huge ripoff. $6 for an ounce of plain old enamel paint? That's $198 a quart! That's $800 a gallon!!!

Yeesh... talk about making a fair profit... :rolleyes:

Actually Harry,

It's NOT the paint that is expensive--the glass bottle is probably a good 80% or more of that price. In addition, don't forget the weight of glass bottles--a carton of a dozen Testors square bottles is a pretty high density item (speaking as one who over a period of nearlyh 30 years handled thousands of bottles of Testors paints.)

Art

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Actually Harry,

It's NOT the paint that is expensive--the glass bottle is probably a good 80% or more of that price. In addition, don't forget the weight of glass bottles--a carton of a dozen Testors square bottles is a pretty high density item (speaking as one who over a period of nearlyh 30 years handled thousands of bottles of Testors paints.)

Art

Ok... so using your numbers, the cost of the paint in the bottle is only about 30¢ (20% of $1.49).

That works out to "only" $1.20 an ounce, or $38.40 a quart, or $150 a gallon.

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My local Hobby Lobby charges $3.79 for those 1/2 ounce bottles of Model Master paint! :blink:

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They Were 5 cents when I first bought them!

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OK I was 21 .....once, a long time ago.

Now lemme check pricing....A quart of HOK Shimirin Black Pearl is $76.95 at Coast Airbrush...(300+gal)

So If Testors is ONLY $150 a gallon, seems to be priced about right, although Duplacolor qts are less

than $30.

And whats the retail markup on that paint...100% ? How long does it take to rotate stock ?

Nuff said. Cost is a part of life.....

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Paint was a dime, also glue. Paint brushes were 5 cents, and kits cost from 39 cents - two bucks. Spray paints were 59 cents.

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You are askin alot guy...I don't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning...I gotta quit sniffing my ten cent glue tube!

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I can remember Testors at 10 cents, and Patra was just 5 cents, and my budget was tight enough that I had to buy the Patra paints, which were in plastic bottles not glass.

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Would you like your wages to be what they were when you were a kid and paind 10-15 cents a bottle? Sure everything was less but times change and so do economies.

You will NEVER see that again.

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I can remember Pactra enamels priced at 11 cents per bottle back in 1965.

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I think if you are going to go through the trouble of scratch building or kit bashing or simply pouring all these hours into a model, the least you can do is use the proper paint, and yes, it is going to be a bit expensive.

The military modelers spend a fortune on each model because they use photo etch and real metal tracks, etc . . . and there is no way to skimp on the paint of a model.

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Ok... so using your numbers, the cost of the paint in the bottle is only about 30¢ (20% of $1.49).

That works out to "only" $1.20 an ounce, or $38.40 a quart, or $150 a gallon.

Have you priced a gallon of paint lately?

$150 will not buy anything worth a chit.

Ps, I don't remember what I paid for paint WAY back then. I do good to remember what I had for dinner last night.

I think back when I got into models,(mid -late 60's time frame ) kits were under $1 , no more than $2

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Actually Harry,

It's NOT the paint that is expensive--the glass bottle is probably a good 80% or more of that price. In addition, don't forget the weight of glass bottles--a carton of a dozen Testors square bottles is a pretty high density item (speaking as one who over a period of nearlyh 30 years handled thousands of bottles of Testors paints.)

Art

You are right on the weight of those, not as bad as a case of dominos (those are a good bit more portly!) , but surprisingly hefty..........especially whe you recieve a 1 1/2 foot square box of paints in bottles and cans, I want to say a decent restock of our paints can weigh upwards of 40+ pounds and not even completely fill that box up!

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