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Old 06-28-2018, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom1977 View Post
Hmm...high prices for Tamiya kits seems only to be a problem in the US. Price level (street prices) in Europe and Asia are relatively normal. 1200$ for a XR is insane.

But high prices normally means that there are no well selling competitor brands in the market. That's untypical. What's about Yokomo, Destiny, Infinity, VBC, XRay etc???
Very few competitive drivers in US actually drive Tamiya. Many former Tamiya drivers jumped ship after TRF team dissembled. The most popular kits at Reedy last month are XRAY and Awesomatix.

The only people still buying Tamiya products are die-heart Tamiya fans, who are willing to pay extra.

just my reasoning

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Originally Posted by yxiaocheng View Post


Very few competitive drivers in US actually drive Tamiya. Many former Tamiya drivers jumped ship after TRF team dissembled. The most popular kits at Reedy last week are XRAY and Awesomatix.

The only people still buying Tamiya products are die-heart Tamiya fans, who are willing to pay extra.

just my reasoning
Good points

I love Tamiya and at heart, I am a fan boy.. but not a shot I am on board with all these prices. It's it's getting insane for blue treasure
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by yxiaocheng View Post


Very few competitive drivers in US actually drive Tamiya. Many former Tamiya drivers jumped ship after TRF team dissembled. The most popular kits at Reedy last week are XRAY and Awesomatix.

The only people still buying Tamiya products are die-heart Tamiya fans, who are willing to pay extra.

just my reasoning
i wouldn't say i'm 'competitive' but i do race year round with my local clubs. the only reason i still have my TA07 is for TCS each summer. otherwise, i run XRay and ARC.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:28 AM
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Tamiya car kits are really expensive. At first you bought badly engineered chassis (mostly from plastic which with time cracks) and then you upgrade this chassis into something "better" with hop ups parts which are crazy expensive, especially in EU. You need to take into consideration that you need to pay every time shipement costs from China. I bought TA07pro chassis kit and the only think I love si that I need to assemble chassis by myself, also the body kits are made quite in details and looks good. Also during the building of the chassis you need to think about parts compatibility e.g. like battery, steering servo motor, otherwise you will have a problems with some strange dimensions of chassis.
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I don't really think there is a price issue. The problem is the fact that the TRF419X is not available which is forcing people to look for the XR which is a Japanese only kit. All the other kits are super cheap and can be had for far cheaper than you guys are implying. The TA07R kit is 339.00 on RC mart and with shipping will be less than 400 bucks. You can get the TRF103 kit for $279 which is less than $350 with shipping. When the TRF419X was in stock, RC mart was selling for 435, which is less than $500 after shipping. Pretty much any part you could ever need can be had from activrc, tqrcracing, rcmart, or ebay. To me Tamiya kits are not getting more expensive, they just aren't as accessible.
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tamiya wrc View Post
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Tamiya car kits are really expensive. At first you bought badly engineered chassis (mostly from plastic which with time cracks) and then you upgrade this chassis into something "better" with hop ups parts which are crazy expensive, especially in EU. You need to take into consideration that you need to pay every time shipement costs from China. I bought TA07pro chassis kit and the only think I love si that I need to assemble chassis by myself, also the body kits are made quite in details and looks good. Also during the building of the chassis you need to think about parts compatibility e.g. like battery, steering servo motor, otherwise you will have a problems with some strange dimensions of chassis.
Maybe TA07. If you buy TRF419X you will not need any upgrades. If you compare prices of spare parts it is also good point in Tamiya. However - if you buy cheap (er) kit and want race spec it is different story
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Originally Posted by Macio4ever View Post
Maybe TA07. If you buy TRF419X you will not need any upgrades. If you compare prices of spare parts it is also good point in Tamiya. However - if you buy cheap (er) kit and want race spec it is different story
thing is 07pro in stock form isnt that bad, but if he plans to get to amain in tcs national it is a different story
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Originally Posted by Tom1977 View Post
Hmm...high prices for Tamiya kits seems only to be a problem in the US. Price level (street prices) in Europe and Asia are relatively normal. 1200$ for a XR is insane.

But high prices normally means that there are no well selling competitor brands in the market. That's untypical. What's about Yokomo, Destiny, Infinity, VBC, XRay etc???
I have a friend in Switzerland who was thinking to run TCS Swiss series again. Problem is, you had to pre-order if you wanted a 419x earlier in the year. Only shop he can get one now wants US $1400. And to run in the TCS Swiss series, they require you to show proof (receipt) you bought the kit in Switzerland. He lives on the Swiss / German border so he could get in Germany cheaper but they would not allow him to race it in the Swiss series.

A local track here in So Cal that stocks a good amount of Tamiya and has an annual TCS race has the 419x listed at $ 906.40. Awesomatix A800x is $ 665 and a 2018 X-Ray is $ 589.99. Guess Tamiya Japan wants to kill off their RC business.

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Old 06-30-2018, 03:14 AM
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TB-05 PRO recently came out local hoppy shop in U.S.A $330 Rcmart in H.K $210. I really like to support local shop/track, but... wow. I'm done with this bule, moving on to dark blue.
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Originally Posted by Phat-Boy View Post
TB-05 PRO recently came out local hoppy shop in U.S.A $330 Rcmart in H.K $210. I really like to support local shop/track, but... wow. I'm done with this bule, moving on to dark blue.
It's always been that way, sounds like you are making up excuses to move over.
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It's always been that way, sounds like you are making up excuses to move over.
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The pricing issue seems limited to the us market, peraps the importer is getting a bit greedy. For comparison:

US hong kong
ta07r 515 340
tb05 323 200
f103 449 250

US kits cost more than 150% what they sell for overseas. I'm willing to pay a bit extra to support local shops but I wont be gouged by a distributor.
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Originally Posted by mtveten View Post
The pricing issue seems limited to the us market, peraps the importer is getting a bit greedy. For comparison:

US hong kong
ta07r 515 340
tb05 323 200
f103 449 250

US kits cost more than 150% what they sell for overseas. I'm willing to pay a bit extra to support local shops but I wont be gouged by a distributor.
Support the local shops by buying parts. Buy the kits overseas.
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Roelof View Post
Result of Trump his war on Chinese/Asian import?
No. Tamiya's kit price increase came well before the tariffs and it's a result of Tamiya's new, strict enforcement of MSRP. It's a bad move IMO. I can't see it not hurting Tamiya's bottom line. Lots of kits have increased substantially - even low end kits like the Grasshopper.
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