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PC: Re: now you know...
- Subject: PC: Re: now you know...
- From: "Bill K." <pontiac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 03:01:00 -0400
Gee just wait untill they die in the market and buy them for cost on eBay
if it's such a big deal...
From: weldon <weldon -AT- fastol.com>
To: Penn Central List <penn-central -AT- smellycat.com>
Subject: PC: now you know...
Date: Friday, April 28, 2000 6:14 PM
Just as I predicted, the manufacturers are starting to gouge the HO crowd
the way they've been nailing N scalers for years. The announced price of
the GP40 (the F unit of the 70's) needs to be explained. I was starting to
accept the idea that N scale's smaller market share drove up costs due to a
limited number of buyers. For crying out loud, how many HO modelers would
buy a decent GP40, about a zillion, that's how many. The production cost
spread over a sizable run, which will sell out no matter how large, can't
be more than $20 a throw.
The SD35 just announced in N looks like a dynamite model, and I'm sure its
a good runner. It is available in the "bookend" paint schemes of PRR and
Conrail, but once again we PC junkies have been overlooked again. So, if I
want to run my time frame, not only do I have to hope that the pre-orders
don't decimate the run before the container even hits the shore, I have to
drop close to $100 (okay, with a chip), then dismember the thing so I can
paint it the way I want it.
These companies have to recognize that this is a hobby, not a capital
expense. Maybe this will be the straw that does in the camel. With viable
and more affordable alternatives by Bachmann and Athearn, maybe these Atlas
motors will spend a lot of time collecting dust on the shelves until the
price comes back to earth.
Irv Athearn must be spinning in his grave.
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