Originally posted by vtl1180ny
I think it's pretty sad that these companies rape us with prices... How much do you thing it costs to make the Foams??? $.05 worth of foam and $.05 worth of plastic??? Maybe $.25 for the packaging???? I can understand the rest of the costs involved but a pair of foams should be no more than $10.00 off the shelf at your LHS!!!!
Here's why foams, along with many other things in a hobby shop cost so much. You have to pay for the materials, labor, the EXPENSIVE machines to help make the items, the MFR rent and utilities, shipping and taxes from the MFR to the distibutor (most of the time international), the distibutors labor for stocking and shipping the item, their rent and utilities, then shipping from the distirbutor to the LHS, the LHS labor, rent and utilities. So ya it might be cheap to make but it sure as hell isn't cheap when you look at what OTHER costs it is covering. And here's a news flash. LHS DON'T make any profit on big priced items. We make our money on the small stuff like tires, bodies, and parts. Then when you complain about prices of those items, you are causing the LHS to lose it's profit and therefore CANNOT stay open. Then you have to buy EVERYTHING online. Why don't you spend the extra $4 and support your LHS. And if you don't, don't complain when there is no LHS to go to when you break a part and can't finish your weekend of racing. It's a rule of thumb I have is when I go race out of town, I ALWAYS buy something from the LHS that is onsite at the track, whether I need it or not, to help support them and the track. OK just needed to get this off my chest. Done putting my 2 1/2 cents in.
BTW this is coming from someone who has worked in a LHS and has seen this going on for 4 years now.