Originally posted by Mikeys_Taurus@Apr 7 2004, 01:11 AM
Common guys... $35.00? And you wonder why you don't have an aftermarket!
Support the guys that support you. Buy the plate from Draxas.
*steps on soapbox*
As a vendor, I can honestly say there's nothing more frustrating than developing a product, doing research, and fronting the money for it, only to have someone complain about the price. Almost EVERY Taurus/SHO vendor that I have dealt with is not in the business of price gouging. Products are priced according to manufacturing cost, and profit margin. Keep in mind this is not some backyard bozo that's duct taping PVC together, it's a business, with overhead, taxes, insurance, employees to pay, etc.
Almost every product that's offered for the Taurus is priced just about the same as products available for the more popular cars. That's amazing, since one could go broke depending on Taurus parts to support business expenses. I'm surprised they're not more expensive.
In short, if you guys want stuff, there's people willing to get it/make it/do the research, but you'll need to PAY for it. If you expect something like this for $15, buy a Honda and go to Autozone to hop it up.
For what it's worth, before I knew Draxas (back when they were Duratec Performance) sold MAF adapters, I looked into making them. Using aluminum, my cost on materials would have been slightly over $20, then I'd need to weld them, finish them, package them and deal with all the emails from kids that expect me to make s*** for free. Sorry, but my time is worth more than $10. I'm guessing the only way that Draxas can sell these this cheap is to buy large quantities of them, or not make much of a profit.
As a side note on profit, it's used for a lot of things, like business expenses, and creation of future products. If we hammer all our suppliers into selling things cheaper, they'll never have enough cash flow to introduce new products. We all suffer because of that.
*steps off soapbox*
Elliot, this is not directed solely towards you, but to the community in general. If any offense was made, my apologies in advance. Sometimes ya just have to make a point.