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e.martin
08-16-2006, 06:16 AM
Is it mostly markup? Is it because of where they're manufactured? The value of these machines just doesn't seem to add up. I'm thinking a fair price for the top of the line versions that retail for $1200 is $600 at most. Am I way offbase?

Kevo
08-16-2006, 08:37 AM
Probably not way off base, but it's like anything else. It's volume that really brings down the price. Manufacturing, marketing, labor, and all those other non-machine expenses make up a lot of additional cost.

Ten.Is
08-16-2006, 01:03 PM
The one I'm looking for is going for about $800...far from what my bank account looks like.

zhan
08-16-2006, 02:14 PM
The one I'm looking for is going for about $800...far from what my bank account looks like.

yeah i agree
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but join a club ..
use the one provided by the club = $0
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Nblade
08-16-2006, 02:42 PM
we did have a stringing achine at our club until this guy sold it without telling the club so the club could have bought it off him :(

varuscelli
08-17-2006, 09:51 PM
Probably not way off base, but it's like anything else. It's volume that really brings down the price. Manufacturing, marketing, labor, and all those other non-machine expenses make up a lot of additional cost.

Yeah, profit is not always a massive thing after business overhead costs, and if you don't have LOTS of volume due to great demand, there's only so much money to go around. I'd bet that most all ball machine makers are pretty much small business (in a relative sense) and that none of the sellers are getting filthy rich making and selling these machines. My guess is that these things are priced about as low as they can be priced to have the sellers stay in business. On the lower end prices for ball machines, there seems to be quite a bit of competition and quite frankly, I don't see how the machines could realistically be priced much lower than they are and still allow the makers/seller to stay afloat financially.

varuscelli
08-17-2006, 09:53 PM
we did have a stringing achine at our club until this guy sold it without telling the club so the club could have bought it off him :(

That's an interesting contribution to this thread. I'm not sure I follow it, but it's interesting nonetheless... ;)

snoflewis
08-17-2006, 10:00 PM
yeah i agree
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/thinkerg.gif
but join a club ..
use the one provided by the club = $0
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/smilies15.gif

club membership = price of 5 ball machines

Tennis_Monk
08-28-2006, 06:10 PM
club membership = price of 5 ball machines
Add court time as Extra.
If one has his own ball machine, he can play just about any court.