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Old 02-20-2018, 06:46 AM
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Funny, looks pretty much the same as most other touring cars but much cheaper. One has to wonder if we've been getting suckered by other companies.
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Tr price of our toy cars is what the market will bear. When a certain company started selling cars at $750+, others started raising their prices to match. Now we are in a place that the average price hovers round $450-$500 for most kits. And that doesn’t include any of the needed tuning parts.
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Racers are convinced by marketing that it can't be good shit unless it's $$$$. Xray's marketing is so good that all brands have benefited. Just raise your price to match their quality. Raising the price has literally become good marketing strategy.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:26 PM
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xray cars get singled out rather quick, there are others way beyond them in costs and near same or more in parts/option costs

awesomatix belt or shaft
serpent 4x
kyosho tf 7.7 only $10 less
tamiya's top belt or shaft cars

one of the top AE TC 7.1 drivers in AZ that is doing really well, car with mods he has done is near or over 1000
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Originally Posted by fast-ho-cars View Post
xray cars get singled out rather quick, there are others way beyond them in costs and near same or more in parts/option costs

awesomatix belt or shaft
serpent 4x
kyosho tf 7.7
tamiya's top belt or shaft cars

one of the top AE TC 7.1 drivers in AZ that is doing really well, car with mods he has done is near or over 1000
He probably is sponsored and got the car for far less then a grand. I think they mark up the price so much that they are still making a profit on the 50% sponsorships.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:16 PM
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There is way more machining and more expensive materials in an awesomatix than an xray, yet The prices aren't much different. There is even more metal and more machining in a vbc than an xray. Some companies just have larger profit margins, and bigger race teams to fly around the world.
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Country of origin plays a big part in manufacturing and production costs as well. There are tons of factors that play a part, beyond just marketing, to dictate the cost of a kit.

Bottom line here is that VBC seems to have established a formula that is very convincing. I can't wait to see the result in a few weeks!
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There is way more machining and more expensive materials in an awesomatix than an xray, yet The prices aren't much different. There is even more metal and more machining in a vbc than an xray. Some companies just have larger profit margins, and bigger race teams to fly around the world.
Xray prices are about 3/4 that of the Awesomatix in my region.
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Xray prices are about 3/4 that of the Awesomatix in my region.
The xray is only 8% cheaper here in Canada at Gripworksrc.com

Anyways, I plan on ordering one in a few weeks after i return from the Kamloops WCICS race. I'm looking forward to trying it out!
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Incredible value. Front DCJ and aluminum 7075 parts in all the right places.
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i figured it out, feeding data into a program using vectoral algorithms, variances compared to their other models, and some quantum physics revealed how they could do a kit like this at a rather low than expected price. result were surprizing

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Use of two e-clips on page 8 of manual
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Originally Posted by fast-ho-cars View Post
i figured it out, feeding data into a program using vectoral algorithms, variances compared to their other models, and some quantum physics revealed how they could do a kit like this at a rather low than expected price. result were surprizing

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Use of two e-clips on page 8 of manual
Whoa there good sir, that's a harsh revelation no one can be prepared for. E-[redacted] are a traumatic experience to most on this board, I had to look at pics of captured hinge pins and hinge pins without the groove for e-[redacted] just to compose myself.

On a even more serious note, the price and what one gets is right, a more than good car for a good price. May all the RC Gods have mercy on those poor souls that buy this car knowing full well they could catch a glimpse of those wicked e-[redacted].
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Duratrax made my former Tamiya-life a lot easier with their "ultimate e-clip tool". I still have it and stand ready for the challenge.
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Have these been released yet?
If not do we have a release date for them yet
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Have these been released yet?
If not do we have a release date for them yet
Looks to be available from VBC directly

https://www.vbcracing.com/products/g...-d-05-vbc-ck33
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