let me rephase that, We buy various packs from the LHS, including our own.. to test the effect of "shelf life" and to compare what other matchers cells look like on our machines. ( were racers we are looking for data that will tell us about our product, ways to improve our performance for our customers)
Danny is writing an artical on the subject of different proceedures within matching varibles. based on his opinion and research results.
The important thing is to pick a company that you feel comfortable with, sometimes price plays an role, which is fine. sometimes its all out performance whatever suites you as a racer and fits your buget is the right choice for you.
I have found that some racers like the feeling of buying direct form the matcher, while others wnat to go into their LHS and simply buy whats on their shelf.
Neither is wrong or right.
Matchers either sell direct to racers or to distrubutors and then onto the hobby shops.
it would be wrong to think that the "big" matchers are making a killing, they have to allow room for the middle man and the LHS to make $$ all while sticking within a competive "street price".
the advantage is larger one time orders to distrubutors l(less shipping and paperwork) but less margin its a trade off .. margin, VS labour cost.
Awesomatix-Roche-Reedy-Sweeps Racing- ORCA-Sanwa-RCTagz-Avid
WCICS- Competition Director