Would still consider myself very new to this hobby. Only a few years in and 4 machines.
Have not participated in the discussion much here but read the threads almost daily.
Have read many, many of the threads on pricing. I agree that it has risen fast and sucks a little for someone like me trying to build a collection. The lack of inventory is an even a bigger issue.
I have seen many of posters comment on why Stern doesn’t make more, why they don’t seem to care about prices being marked up, the flipping etc. I have seen the comments on lack of parts (could agree as I am in that world of manufacturing) but have any of you considered they want this? That is is great for their business? Maybe short term thinking but the creation of scarcity, artificial price inflation, retired production, etc just makes their next new release sell out that much faster. It is why they don’t focus on the back orders. They want scarcity.
My wife started watching a documentary on HBO the other night and I couldn’t help but see the similarities. All of you would be aware of this product but until you watch it, you might be surprised how very, very similar it is to the current situation we have with Stern. Hoping a few of you have seen it or will watch it and comment. I thought it was a different angle to consider than many of the pricing conversations.C4F65973-EFA9-445A-9B07-791C2E52D920 (resized).png