Why are AR-15 accessories so high?

Why are AR-15 accessories so high?

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    Why are AR-15 accessories so high?

    Seems to me there are plenty of vendors in this area, and surely the machine shop equipment that turns out these items has probably been paid for many times over. Considering the going wages for machinists and all-----why such high prices? Is it the demand? I've been searching for some time for a decent rear sight to attach to my flat-top M4 carbine. Likely, this cannot be had for any less than $100. Also looking into a quad-rail hand guard set-up in either the plastic or aluminum, (nothing fancy), and the price runs the gamut from $100-$300! The simple side sling attachments (front or rear) go on average of $30. I like moddin' my weapons for my visions of tactical usefulness, but an extra $4-500 to get my approximate $900 (MSRP) AR-15 the way I envision it? Man alive! I could get another nice pistol for that much!


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    I'm with you on the quad rails. I sucked it up and bought one but why are they so expensive. I mean I'm clueless about how to make one myself but doesn't seem that there is much to them. GEEZ! I'm in the wrong business.
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    AGREE

    I agree RAM ROD. I bought a new XM15 for $750.00, and just put a Colt Adjustable stock on, $75.00. And just today I put a Bushnell HOLO sight on for $350.00. Wow, I got $1150.00 invested all ready.

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    some of the parts you can save mony by going to an airsoft retailer and buying them. mostly the inert items though. i've bought a variety of gear for work at Airsoft GI - airsoft specialists - welcome to the ultimate airsoft and Home - KastwayAirsoft.com its a good source for molle pouches as well.
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    I think they cost a lot because people will pay a lot. There is quite a bit of cost involved too I'm sure. Like research and development, CNC machines, employees, medical, dental, mortgage, property taxes, advertising, income taxes, utilities, not to mention the stuff itself - forged aluminum, anodizing, little screws levers and stuff. The best stuff (IMO) is made in the U.S.A. where there are a lot more expenses. I imagine they're trying to get out of debt by charging a lot, and if they do get out of debt, they want to re-invest in their company and get new machines, new products, more advertising etc to stay ahead of the competition. I pay for the good stuff because I'm a buy once cry once kind of guy.

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    Read Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell


    The answer is in there.


    Prices for ANY product and service are not determined by what they cost to produce, they are determined by what the market will bear.

    In other words, every product and service is as expensive as it can be (including your own labor).

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    They're "makin' hay while the sun shines". Even the AR fad will run it's course eventually.

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    Hmmm... there's also this little thing ("things," actually) going on, and makers with contracts are burning extra hours to fill their obligations. COTS purchases and demand by individual soldiers are genuinely squeezing the capacity of the traditional "names."

    "No-Names" are riding the market, however, and taking advantage of supply-demand.

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    Quality work cost more money. There are plenty of cheap accessories out there.
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    I know what you mean, I just dropped 300 at brownells, and before that another $120 on a flip up sight for my a3 bushy. Now if I decide to go with an optic too there is another $400 -$1400 depending on what I go with.
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    Well, a simple (itty bitty piece) front sight swivel attachment is bringing $33+. I can cover that with my thumb!
    Quality work cost more money. There are plenty of cheap accessories out there.
    I figured most of these items are mass produced on CNC machines. My idea of quality is hand made individually. Are we behind in technology? Or am I just old fashioned? Tooling doesn't cost that much----unless we're buying all of that from the Japanese?
    I think they cost a lot because people will pay a lot.
    So how's about a boycott until prices go down?

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    Quality is like buying oats. Do you want them before or after the horse gets them?
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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    Quality is like buying oats. Do you want them before or after the horse gets them?
    So then quality starts to become unaffordable? Sort of like regular foods compared to "healthy" foods??

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    The reason they're so high is because so many Mall-Ninjas have to buy the latest and greatest doo-dahs that come out in the magazines. If I were a manufacturer, I'd rape you too. Stick with the tried and true designs, and save yourself a bunch of money!

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    Not sure where you are shopping, but check out Yankee Hill for AR parts. Typically they make decent parts at affordable prices(relatively). If you want the big name , Mil. contract stuff you will pay more.
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