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Could you possibly explain why WC pads (and in fact most big brand pads) are so expensive?
The new Touchdown Pad is smaller than the new Alpkit Phud, yet its twice the price.
Its not a quality issue....I've owned the old Phud and Woomf for 3 years and they're bombproof.
Are we simply paying twice the price for a 'brand name'??
I can't speak for their newer models but all the old alpkit mats I've seen look battered and the foam soft. Still a bargain but I think you must have got lucky/dont use them much.
> I can't speak for their newer models but all the old alpkit mats I've seen look battered and the foam soft. Still a bargain but I think you must have got lucky/dont use them much.
My mats get used alot...and I'm a bit of a 'faller' :)
That aside...even if WC are using 'slightly' better quality foam...can it justify doubling the price?
If you knew the cost of materials and the tiny profit margins on pads you will find that they are actually pretty well priced.
Lots of people like having a try/poke/squeeze of things before they buy. Can't do that without a shop of some kind
The whole "people like to see and try things before they buy" doesn't wash these days....that's the attitude that saw Comet, HMV, Jessops and others go to the wall.
> The whole "people like to see and try things before they buy" doesn't wash these days....that's the attitude that saw Comet, HMV, Jessops and others go to the wall.
The reason they went bust was they were basically crap, they couldn't be relyed upon to sell decent products at a reasonable price whilst providing good service and genuine advice which is the complete opposite of most of the proper climbing shops I've ever been. I've never been into Needlesports, Joe Browns or Urbanrock and been sold crap products at way over the odds prices by a totally useless 'assistant'.
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