Quite right Mo55man, the Miniauto release is a model commisioned by Miniauto magaqzine for their subscribers, but the deal with Fly is that all the distributors will have a small quantity to sell without the subscription. This model is in a standard box and will not be re-released as another model.
The usual production run for Miniauto models is 1200 approximately, as once stock runs out, even if you subscribe, you won't get a car.
As for Garys comments QUOTE Fly have been ripping slotters off for ages
QUOTE There is no extra production cost in making the Miniauto GT40 than any other GT40, yet the price is 75% more.
two things must be remembered. Firstly, a normal GT40 sells for £40 and the Miniauto model sells for £67, both at rrp. Since very few retailers use full rrp, the cost is not 75% more, in fact it will probably be no-where near from most dealers.
Secondly, the price of the Miniauto car is not controlled by Fly - it is set by Miniauto magazine, and it is Miniauto magazine that we as distributors buy the cars from, so there is no 'ripping off' being done by Fly.
All the time that threads and forums like this exist, and keep talking about Fly, then the free publicity is great for Fly. As for holding their market position, then that point is in the eye of the purchaser, who may feel that Fly cars are great and so holding their position, or may feel that another manufacturer is better and so in their eyes Fly may have dropped their market position to that person.
To be honest, it is irrelevant to everyone where in the market Fly may be except to the retailers and to Fly themselves. If you like the cars, and many many do, then buy them. If you don't like the cars for whatever reason, then don't buy them and stop whinging about them or Fly themselves!
QUOTE I agree with Gary, and would like to see some justifiable reason why some FLY cars are so very expensive?
As for the pricing, if Fly can sell a limited edition model for twice the price of a normal model, then good luck to them! They do not have to justify themselves to anyone, and if any of who have any business sense were in the same position we would do the same thing - the supply and demand theory is basic economics.
QUOTE At £38.42 this shoots down the price is fixed by Miniauto theory.
If I state on this forum how things work, I do so because the majority of people will take what I am saying as correct, which it is. I cannot, however, speak for retailers who sell the cars at less than cost (as confirmed by Gary at MRE on his earlier posting) or members of the forum who think they know better.
My point Mecoprop is that life is too short - I will always pass on the opinions of the forum to Fly, and since joining the forum have ben doing so regularly, but I personally would rather spend time enjoying the models that I like and singing their praises than criticising prices and models that I don't like.
QUOTE Ah, the blissful ignorance and arrogance of a company riding a decent wave of success and believing their own propaganda.
No, just common sense and a knowledge of how manufacturers operate in this field. I don't think this forum is for insult throwing, but I am sure there are those that are, but your doing so does not give your opinions any credibility.
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