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Round2 model prices
Posted by JohnDB on Friday, October 26, 2018 7:08 PM

Has anyone else noticed the price hike on Round 2 models since the whole Revell situation started?  About a month ago I bought the AMT American LaFrance custom pumper for $39.99 +tax(last 1 in stock), at the same LHS a week later it was going for $49.99+tax. Also saw that the re-issued 71 Duster is almost $29 pre tax. Just something I noticed on a lot of AMT products that are being restocked lately. 

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, October 29, 2018 7:37 AM

Around here, those would still be great prices.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, October 29, 2018 1:46 PM

John ;

 Complaining isn't going to change it . You want to hear a complaint ? I build papermodels and the same ship that I paid probably twenty five bucks for, is still being printed . Now it's in Euros and almost double in Bucks !!

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Posted by OldTallDad on Thursday, November 01, 2018 1:26 AM

Bainford

Around here, those would still be great prices.

 

Ditto

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 02, 2018 6:55 AM

I wouldn't complain as prices are rising everyday on everyday products.  Complaining about the higher prices is not going to get you anywhere.  You should start shopping around and looking for bargains.  They are out there!

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Posted by gulftarpon on Friday, November 02, 2018 2:09 PM

Rising production costs, sinking sales. To me that's the simple reason. It costs more for licenses, costs more to produce or maintain molds, raw materials cost more; in the meantime, the customer base is shrinking and distribution chanels are shrinking.

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Posted by JohnDB on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:01 PM

Hey guys, I really wasn't complaining about the prices(too much).I understand about the rising cost of materials, licensing ,etc. Just thought a 25% raise in the price just for restocking the exact same model was a little bit much. I was just wondering if this was happening all over, or just locally. Didn't know if it was Round2 or LHS's taking advantage of the product shortage, (Revell). Mrmike, I do shop around, I have a half dozen hobby shops within 10 miles, so I'm pretty lucky in that aspect of our hobby. I don't shop online, but I do shop mostly at the least expensive hobby shop. Gulftarpon, you mentioned the shrinking customer base, a part of it might be the high cost of building a model. By the time you pay for a kit, paint, and glue a kid could spend a few dollars more and get a video game. And parents might be more likely to buy their kid a model if they weren't so pricey. I'm going to stop now, I can go on for days about this, lol.

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:50 PM

Yeah, I get what you are saying. Prices do seem to be creeping up, for a number of reasons. A shrinking kit-buying demographic is likely one of them. Building a model is certainly not a cheap prospect. Especially, as you say, when the cost of supplies is included. I don't use much aftermarket stuff, prefering to scratchbuild instead, but for those who do the cost can easily be in the hundreds. 

Comments on kit prices has been a common forum topic over the years, but to be honest I generally consider kit prices, even high end kits, to be good value considering what I get for my money. 

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Posted by rickcaps55 on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 9:03 AM

This is why for the last 15 years i only buy on line it's to bad i miss going to a local store and just looking around doing the hands on thing but this is what today and the net has done and like they say when in Rome.!!!!

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Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 12:42 PM

" to be honest I generally consider kit prices, even high end kits, to be good value considering what I get for my money."  I understand your reasoning but I must disagree.  It is difficult for me to rationalize the prices of $39.99 for a kit that has not changed since I paid $1.50 for it, so I am not getting any more value for my money.  There can be no increase in price of the mold, because it it the same, with many of the parts removed. Yes, I realize raw material prices have increased drasticallly.  But whan a kit can increase in price by $10 in just a few months, then something else is the cause.

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