Bill Schneider <branch@...>
Well, Marty put his two cents in before, so I will now....
First Dave, let's look apples to apples - those $3.00-$4.00 kits are between
$8.00 and $12.00 now - remember, we're talking about Athearn or MDC cars in
those days. There were no equivalents to current offerings from IM, RC, P2K
or Branchline. "All those little bits we now expect" DO cost more money to
tool, produce, paint, pack, etc.
Second, the $25.00-33.00 range is for assembled, RTR cars (well, maybe
except for RC). Surely you would allow some margin for assembly labor?
Comments about narrower markets for specialty cars are right on target and
are a factor in kit costs. If I can sell three times as many cars of a model
I can amortize the tooling and R&D costs over many more units. On the other
hand, one third as many units means much more per car to cover costs.
No, not quite Chuck. Between 1958 and 2000 the CPI index increased by4.48X
so those $3-4 kits would be priced at $13.50-18 now, not $25-33. Is thatof
tooling, something I find hard to believe. My own guess is there arefewer
output units now so each bears a higher portion of the invested expenses.