I work there and I can tell you why the price on this product is this way.
Hobby People, one of our competitor's advertised it for 189.99, while our original price was 209.95, we were forced to lower the price to compete.
If you dont believe me, take a look for yourself
I agree with you though, Map priceing is important, things should just be at a set price, that way you can buy it from the your local or favorite HS.
This is also an introductory price from what hank was telling me, the second batch may be priced back up to 209.95
I agree if you had say, 5 hobby shops in your area, all selling the TC4 for the same price.
Where would you choose to buy the car from? and why??
I understand this is your site and all, and you want to support the shops that pay your bills, I dont think it's in the best interest to call out one hobby shop "Ultimate" calling it shoddy business, without saying the same for all the other shops doing the same thing.
You can't imagine how often I have a customer come in the store and tell us, so and so has this cheaper, So we call em up find out it is cheaper, and are forced to lower our price to satisfy the consumer.
all ultimate is trying to do is give the consumer the best price possible, I can promise you, if it wasn't for HP, our price would be the 209, that most shops are selling it for. So to intice the consumer, we offer free shipping.
Originally posted by futureal
What Ultimate is doing is pretty shoddy anyway, and although it sounds dumb from a consumer standpoint, I really encourage people not to support stores that do things like that. You might save a bit here and there, but it really hurts everybody else out there in the industry. That's the reason that MAP policies are in effect.