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· Brian Ferguson
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I'm sure many would only buy the bodies, but many of those would not have bought the RTRs anyway. Only a few will buy the RTRs mainly to get the bodies (like me). And they wouldn't really lose, because I'd buy even more product! - it'd just be a LOT of bodies and a FEW RTRs. They'd be happy - I'd be happy. Win-win situation!
 

· Brian Ferguson
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Without a doubt, the bodies on RTRs are the single most costly item. But, and I may well be wrong, I would doubt if a plain white version of the body could be worth more than 20-25% of the complete car. Without paint, tampo work, interiors (which could also be offered separately!) and fancy packaging, bare white shells in a simple blister pack wouldn't carry the same cost as the body on a complete RTR.

Would enough sell to make it worthwhile for the manufacturers? I don't know. They don't need to invest in anything, just run additional copies of bare shells (and possibly bare interiors too) which actually lowers their price-per-unit cost. Then again, they have to package the bare shells and also fit them into their distribution scheme.

Will it hurt sales of RTRs? I don't think it would. Very few people buy the RTR just to get the body for scratchbuilding purposes. And I doubt that a significant number buy a duplicate RTR just because the body on the first got damaged.

For me personally, I would still buy the same number of RTRs because I want the factory liveried versions and intend to run the cars anyway. But I would buy additional bare shells for scratchbuilding, and would jump at them because it isn't easy to find good 1/32 plastic models and plastic kits aren't cheap anyway. But I'm probably not the typical buyer.


I imagine the manufacturers aren't doing it because they just don't perceive that the market for bare shells is large enough.
 
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