Originally Posted by Stein Tumert
That's interesting... here in central Europe, the Xray is one of the cheapest car of the bunch if you have to pay for it yourself (416, BD5, Cyclone etc)
That's because Slovakia is in the EU. A few years back their cars would ave been just as expensive for you as they are for us. A more fair comparison would be against the likes of Serpent, Corally and Robitronic albeit I think of all these Corally alone is still manufacturing in Europe (which is obvious if you look at their prices, very similar to Xray).
Originally Posted by JR007
They probably don't want asian or yank cars dominating their back yard!
Iwonder what it would cost to buy an x-ray from Sweden and ship it over? anyone done this?
That would be even more expensive. Imports to the US from Europe benefit from a "blanket" treatment (i.e. it doesn't matter what country in Europe goods come from as long as it's a EU country). EU and US have free trade agreements in place in general goods and services which means you in the US benefit from prices (for Xray products) almost as low as those available in countries with no taxes (such as HK for instance).
If you're buying from a European shop (even online) you're paying retail plus shipping (at best no VAT). The retail price is about 400Euro in Holland (border shop online) for instance. If you convert that to US$ (xe.com) for today's rate, it comes to 557US$ (the border shop gives some prices in US$ but they're not updated with the current exchange rate which is what you would pay on your credit card). Add to that about 25-50 Euro (at least) for shipping (that is about 35-70US$) and you're over 600US$ already. I think the T2 009 sells in the US for about 450$ or thereabouts?
Well, be happy with the US prices. In Australia we pay a whole lot more than that (we don't have trade agreements with the EU for consumer goods). So in Australia, at your local hobby shop you need to pay the equivalent of about 550US$ at the shop! Let alone some of us need to have kits shipped and in Australia nobody does it for free (as they do in the states).
Corally kits are even more expensive here.
On topic, you can't go wrong with ether Xray or Corally (and I might add as a personal opinion these two are the best cars at the moment quality wise) and although Xray releases one kit every fortnight, just ignore it and buy one of their new cars (Lipo compatible) and rest assured you will be competitive for the next decade. Or buy the Corally. Same thing.