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Im not quite understanding why avy beacons are so expensive. I have a couple of theorys but was hoping to spark a good discussion. Is it because there is such a small market and the only way to make money is to charge up to 500 bones for the things? There is no way they cost more to make than cellphones because you can get those for cheaper than a beacon, why does a beacon cost as much a an iphone? is it just $$$ ?
Because it can save your life. And yes, the Market is smaller. Millions of cell phones are sold daily..... Not many beacons are sold all year. And, picture skiing. If you can afford $500 skis, $500 boots, $200 bindings, and all the other skiing/BC essentials you'll drop the $300 or so on a device that will save your life/your buddies life. The new Orotvox one is like $500 and has a monitor and shit. It has burial depths, and all this other fancy shit.
a lot of research goes into making beacons. they are getting better and better all the time. and also, as said already, smaller market=more demand. just like when cell phones first started arriving in like the 80's. they cost a fortune. then everyone wanted one, and they are almost free now. also, cell phones have service contracts, guaranteeing more money for someone.
My only thing is , if its such good thing to have why wouldnt they make them a tad more affordable, then more would sell and they would create a bigger market for themselves. I getting one, i dont really have an option but damn , This is going to be an expensive year. Does anyone have any idea what the production cost on one of those things is?
I just got a new Ortovox x1 beacon including shovel and probe for $245 which I through was reasonable, through pro form. Beacons are shock resistant and water proof so I guess that is one way they become expensive.