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04-02-2012 04:15 AM  7 years ago
Volcano

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I dont think a yard of cloth costs 45 if youre buying it in bulk? It seems prohibitively expensive. Thats like saying a yard of 10 guage wire costs so and so- have you bought it from hobby king? Its amost as cheap as the copper in it LOL.
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04-02-2012 04:16 AM  7 years ago
philip 01

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if you have ever laid up pre-preg cf and cooked it, you'll know why it is so expensive.
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04-02-2012 04:34 AM  7 years ago
nobato1

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Partly is the process. If you want a quality blade, you need to pay folks to inspect them along the way.

Part is the price of admission. Thats right. Take it or leave it!

Is not a "cheap" hobby. Although by many standards is cheaper that is was 10 or 20 years ago.

Stop whining and pay if you want to fly, or go back to covering woodies. lol
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04-02-2012 05:01 AM  7 years ago
Stephen Born

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There is no need for a 700 size blade to be $125.00!!
Please PM me where I can purchase 125.00 cf blades for my birds.
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04-02-2012 05:04 AM  7 years ago
flydan

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why are f18s are expensive I always wanted one ;(
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04-02-2012 05:13 AM  7 years ago
Heliguychris

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currently edge and domonick blades are 120 aussie dollars

i used to pay 200+ for vblades 3 years ago.

i recon 120 is good value for what they are
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04-02-2012 06:00 AM  7 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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if you have ever laid up pre-preg cf and cooked it, you'll know why it is so expensive.
aw-ha now here's someone who knows what he's talking about ! can you tell us a little more ?
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04-02-2012 06:13 AM  7 years ago
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Blade prices are whatever the market could bare. There are tooling, materials and support costs involved, but when production is in large amounts, the per unit costs are very low.

Look at the costs of parts for bicycles.

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Is that a 6s 5000 in your pocket,
or are you just happy to see me?
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04-02-2012 02:43 PM  7 years ago
paulpeffly

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try some Pro 3D carbon blades, prices from $6-$50. They make them all the way up to 700mm and they perform just fine.Team HeliDirect
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04-02-2012 02:54 PM  7 years ago
ecoliburger

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Set of blades for a R-22 is about $20,000 be glad our prices aren't to scale.
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04-02-2012 02:59 PM  7 years ago
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I use "seconds" CF mains with cosmetic flaws/blemishes at half the price.

They fly the same and break the same as #1 quality.

To date I have yet found what exactly those blemishes are.
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04-02-2012 03:25 PM  7 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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we do some work for a guy that owns and runs a Schweizer 300CBI helicopter fight school, right now in our shop we have two wrecked ones we're tearing apart for any good parts and one being rebuilt along with three shipping boxs of rotor blades, he told me that one set of three blades cost him $35,000 ! so we have $105,000.00 worth of rotor blade sitting on the floor in our shop ! i was told by him to please be careful with them and i told him Noproblamo, you should see how nervous he gets when i move them with the forklift ! LOL     ▲
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04-02-2012 03:59 PM  7 years ago
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35K!! lol thats crazy but I guess nobody's 3D'ing them lol What are they, 8,000mm blades? lol.. and just curious, what do they make them out of?Team HeliDirect
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04-02-2012 04:12 PM  7 years ago
RappyTappy

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$35K is a bargain considering its your life hanging on them in the air.
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04-02-2012 04:30 PM  7 years ago
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what do they make them out of
i'm not sure as i haven't looked at one that closely but i will today and report back, there a few torn up in the shop, but from what i can recall there mostly hollow aluminum with a stanless steel leading edge, i'll tell you this though you don't dare pull down on them when it's setting static or you'll buckle (fold) them very easily. oh and i'll see how long there are and snap a few pics as well for you.....
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04-02-2012 07:02 PM  7 years ago
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Nothing in Radio Shack is marked up less than 400%. The founder said so ! That was the business model. Clothing is marked up 1000%. That's why they have 60% off sales at the holidays.
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04-02-2012 07:11 PM  7 years ago
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Worked at a Hobby Store ...
I'm sure a lot of you guys wouldn't be in this hobby if you saw how much hobby stores mark up SOME of their products.. 200-300% is very common, sometimes even more... The stores are getting brand name blades for 1/4 of what they sell them for, but that's business... Its like that anywhere retail.
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04-02-2012 07:15 PM  7 years ago
2tall

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RC Heli = Ink Jet Printer
Replacement Blades = Ink Jet Cartridges

The real profit margins are in the smaller essentuals, not the major item purchased initially.
"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."
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04-02-2012 07:16 PM  7 years ago
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re radio shack and the hobby stores: nonsense. i spent 10 years in retail audio sales and if the hardware was marked up 35% from the mfr cost that was a good margin - and that was many years ago. Competitive pressure is much greater in today's market. According to you, a $200 amplifier would have a cost of $50. and believe me, if that was true, there would be a RS on every street corner and Best Buy wouldn't be closing stores, and Circuit City, and whole bunch more would still be around with very high stock prices. Accessories are what keep the lights on in most businesses, and markups of 100% are pretty common - of course it depends how you calculate percentage markup - where 50% and 100% can mean the same thing depending what you use as a cost basis.

What is true is that the mfg cost - not the wholesale cost - is about 10% of the retail price, if that - so the $200 amplifier represents an out of pocket cost to the mfr of about $20....but RS is not the mfr, they are the retailer, they have to buy from the mfr. But beyond that, you have marketing costs, storage costs, insurance....on and on. but 400% on the floor for hardware - no.

How much do think it costs to make a Spektrum DX 7s? It retails for $300 and gives retailers about a 20% margin. One of the reasons that carbon blades cost what they do is the layers of people that get a cut before they reach the end user. But to claim that names brands are being sold for multiples of their product wholesale - not happening here or eleswhere. you need only look at the demise of hobby shops for absolute proof that they require a very developed business model to be successful. with a 400% margin you could do everthing wrong and still make money.

My bicycle tires are $70 each. They may last 1000 miles or tear the first time out.
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04-02-2012 07:16 PM  7 years ago
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hobby stores mark up SOME of their products.. 200-300% is very common
That's very funny.
The stores are getting brand name blades for 1/4 of what they sell them for, but that's business.
Not true. No blade manufacturer or distributor can afford to sell blades at 1/4 of the retail price. That would mean a 690mm blade that retails for $120 would be sold to a RETAILER at $30 dollars... Good luck with that. ROFL

If hobby shops were making 200-300% on products then everyone would be in the hobby shop business.

In current times, hobby shops on average make 20-30% percent if they are lucky.

Then consider the fact that WE as consumers demand the lowest price possible, which leads each shop to have to start slashing prices in order to compete with the next shop or online retailer.

In some cases dealers are making next to nothing and in some cases even losing money after you factor in FREE shipping and credit card & PayPal fees and so on.

The hobby business is a tough one to survive in.
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