Originally posted by hardadz
your saying that a markup of a little over 8% is too high a price. For some people this may be, but when I see people spending $ 1500.00 for basically a reworked Sigma SV10 and other kits out there in the "elite" class your statement seems kind of mundane. If the price is too high, don't buy it, but the price is right where it should be for the quality of the kit that you receive.
Other manufacturers can release "revised" cars for only a small price increase, usually less than $20 US. The price for the new Sigma moves it completely out of the "normal" price range for a fully-equipped tourer and into the price range for a "worlds spec" car.
For UNDER $300 you can buy many top spec tourers of good quality, Pro4, YokSSG, Barracuda, Mi2 etc. It's only the "luxury" spec/quality cars like Xray, 415, RDX etc that are priced higher - and understandably so.
Whilst I KNOW that Kawada make excellent quality cars - there just isn't enough "luxury spec" to warrant such an increase.
As the car is already a lesser known model, how do you expect to sell any at such a price?
I am not inferring that the price increase is in anyway your fault - as it seems on the figures you've quoted, that Kawada themselves are responsible, whatever the case, I simply believe it to be a mistake that will cost sales.
To put it simply, if a buyer walks into a store that has ALL the top cars, and know he has around $360 to spend - what are the chances he will walk out the door with a Sigma as opposed to:
A) A more well-known, race proven car (X-Ray or 415)
B) A cheaper Pro4, Yokomo etc, with change left over to buy tuning aids such as springs, toe-in blocks, front spool etc
I just can't see how Kawada expect to achieve sales outside Japan with this strategy
$1500 for a reworked Sigma ?? What car is this? I'm sorry I don't understand this statement as I've never seen a $1500 tourer.
Finally, I never mentioned Speed Tech, what have they got to do with Kawada's price policy?