QUOTE I think Cartrix have done well to keep the price below the £40 barrier.
QUOTE It's only 40.50 € from Bazar Aloy (£26.85).
The lesson here is never to attempt to justify a price to the masses if you are an area distributer.
However, there are exchange rates to consider and additional shipping charges. It is more likely to cost you £28.32 on a rate of €1.43 to the £1 so Russell is being a bit optimistic. And then there is the cost of insured shipping to the UK.
And what happens if all is not well when the car arrives? What value do you put on that service element?
There will be far fewer Cartrix cars sold in the UK than in Spain so overheads per car imported will be higher.
Clearly Aaron chooses to offer a service to UK slot car enthusiasts and import these cars but he must wonder if it is worth it at times.
As a slot car collector who may winge at the limited range of cars available in the UK we cannot have our cake and eat it. We either make a decision to support the UK market or the range of cars available to us in the UK with full UK support and service will diminish further.
And ultimately we will be limited to only being able to purchase home grown product in the UK as importers simply will not bother with the UK market.
PS Even though I may be slightly pro-Scalextric even I recognise that even the mighty Scalextric have not got the resources to produce every car ever made!
PPS and I would also agree with Mac P. The model railway world suffers from rivet counters and one of the joys of the slot car world is that it doesn't (yet!). The soul of the car and how it is remembered matters much more than whether it is 2mm too long!