QUOTE (Mecoprop @ 7 May 2004, 10:59)I have never believed that all the ranting and raving to bring back these parts was created by anything but a tiny minority who alter their personal desirability rating for something purely on the basis of whether it can be obtained or not.
Oi...who are you calling a tiny minority!!! Take care Meco or I'll load all 95kg of me on a plane and come sit on you!!!
And another thing, the silly money a 4 lane scaley pit lane goes for on ebay shows that there is a market. Small but it is undeniably there.
Seriously though, Yes there will be a small market for these things. Just like there was when Scalextric first released it, discontinued it and re-issued it and discontinued it again. IMHO this sort of stuff is toys and adds to the fun of having a home circuit. Maybe club racers don't get it.
In Australia, we got the LeMans start well ahead of everywhere else (except Spain) and they sold like hotcakes. My local hobby shop had about a dozen on the shelf when I went in, all gone a week later. Specialist Solt shops sold out as did the Internet shops. Even the big toy retailers sold out. (Technitoys is distributed in Oz by a company that sells a lot of other junk and the big toy shops buy SCX stuff in bulk). Sales have slowed now but considering Australia is a VERY small market, I'd say the sales were pretty good. Maybe packaging them with cars was the big plus though...
As for me, I imported a couple of crossovers (one branded SCX one EXIN both identical) from Spain and sold one on Ebay to cover my costs. I am very happy with my 4 lane LeMans start (evidence of which you can see in the members layouts section). I would add a 4 lane pit if it became available. I'm cashed up and ready to go if anyone from SCX is reading this