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Puckstop40 08-16-2012 05:24 PM

Price of Sticks is Getting Ridiculous
 
The new Bauer and Easton high end sticks have reached $260. Every year the price creeps up at least $10. Why is this? Is this new technology making a considerable difference to previous year's models?

rinkrat22 08-16-2012 05:41 PM

it is getting crazy, especially when you look at the fact that for the most part Softball bats and golf clubs (drivers and fairway woods) have pretty much stagnated in price.

hitmanjat 08-16-2012 06:04 PM

I've never paid full retail for a top end stick because i do agree its ridiculous.

I usually look for deals on ebay or classifieds

SCBruCrew4 08-16-2012 06:06 PM

I'd never give up $150 for a stick, at least at the level I play at. But then again you can always look for last years models for cheaper. HockeyMonkey and Pure hockey have sent me emails for high-end sticks for more than $100 off now that the newer ones are out.

WasteofTaffe 08-16-2012 06:24 PM

Its not just the sticks, skates have reached ridiculous prices too. The bauer total one is 800. Closeout/previous model sticks arent too crazy if you can find your curve and flex, just got an s19 for 130 shipped.

kr580 08-16-2012 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Puckstop40 (Post 53635145)
Why is this?

They throw out hype words and people buy them up in bunches. If they're selling, why not?

thom 08-16-2012 07:10 PM

Can some one tell me if SBK HOCKEY is still in business it was delisted from TSE IN january?They had good ideas and equipment.

AIREAYE 08-16-2012 09:28 PM

Inflation, rising input costs.

OpenIceHit42 08-16-2012 09:59 PM

I couldn't stomach paying $260 for a stick. I'm fine with my $89.99 Warrior AK-27's

AZcoyotes 08-16-2012 10:24 PM

What new sticks? Didn't they just release the Nexus, and MAKO?

SCBruCrew4 08-16-2012 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by PhXcoyotes (Post 53642793)
What new sticks? Didn't they just release the Nexus, and MAKO?

Mako came out late last year, the Nexus came out this summer and Bauer is also releasing a new TotalONE Stick called the NXG. CCM also released a new stick called the RBZ. I have a feeling Warrior is also going to release something new soon too, because they have all their sticks from last year on clearance for dirt cheap prices on Hockeymonkey.com.

AIREAYE 08-16-2012 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by SCBruCrew4 (Post 53643113)
Mako came out late last year, the Nexus came out this summer and Bauer is also releasing a new TotalONE Stick called the NXG. CCM also released a new stick called the RBZ. I have a feeling Warrior is also going to release something new soon too, because they have all their sticks from last year on clearance for dirt cheap prices on Hockeymonkey.com.

Mako was a Spring 2012 release, not last year. Warrior released their Covert DT1 and DT4 on the same day as the RBZ with the rest of the line arriving in the fall. The RBZ will also have at least one other stick in its line, with the RBZ 60 as it's sidekick $100 pricepoint product.

AZcoyotes 08-16-2012 10:54 PM

Won't even be touching these. I'm a Bauer guy (hate easton sticks) and like the Vapor line over the Supreme. I havn't tried a Nexus yet.

SCBruCrew4 08-16-2012 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 53643227)
Mako was a Spring 2012 release, not last year. Warrior released their Covert DT1 and DT4 on the same day as the RBZ with the rest of the line arriving in the fall. The RBZ will also have at least one other stick in its line, with the RBZ 60 as it's sidekick $100 pricepoint product.

I satnd corrected. What I did mean by last year was last hockey season. Not the actual "year". Stupid mvoe on my part for not clarifying but I'm working the overnght shift..I have an excuse! lol

Jarick 08-16-2012 11:54 PM

So buy the models 1-2 down. Easton Mako M5 is the same as an old Easton ST. Bauer APX 7.0 is super close to the old X:60. Warrior Dynasty is like the old Dolomite. You can get sticks from Base for $150.

Top end sticks are WAY better than they were 10 years ago, so if you want the technology from 10 years ago buy a cheaper stick.

OpenIceHit42 08-17-2012 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by PhXcoyotes (Post 53643543)
Won't even be touching these. I'm a Bauer guy (hate easton sticks) and like the Vapor line over the Supreme. I havn't tried a Nexus yet.

I'm a Warrior guy, love my AK27's (bought a couple of bundles from HM.com) but I want to give the Nexus 4000 a try however my LHS does not carry the "pro" 102 flex".

ChiTownHawks 08-17-2012 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by OpenIceHit42 (Post 53653733)
I'm a Warrior guy, love my AK27's (bought a couple of bundles from HM.com) but I want to give the Nexus 4000 a try however my LHS does not carry the "pro" 102 flex".

Man if the Nexus 1000 is $250 I wonder how much the 4000 is? :naughty:

thrillhouse99 08-17-2012 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by rinkrat22 (Post 53635715)
it is getting crazy, especially when you look at the fact that for the most part Softball bats and golf clubs (drivers and fairway woods) have pretty much stagnated in price.

Golf clubs have actually pulled back quite a bit over the years. In the late 90's/early 2000's a top end driver would cost you $600 and a set of blade irons ran about $1400. Now drivers retail in the $400-$450 range (with ping being around $350) and blade irons run about $1000-$1100.

$300 for a hockey stick seems a little crazy, especially considering that they break and I would assume that a high level peewee or bantam player must go through as many as ten sticks a year (am I wrong?). It's a lot of money for someone to shell out, especially a parent!

rinkrat22 08-17-2012 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by thrillhouse99 (Post 53656833)
Golf clubs have actually pulled back quite a bit over the years. In the late 90's/early 2000's a top end driver would cost you $600 and a set of blade irons ran about $1400. Now drivers retail in the $400-$450 range (with ping being around $350) and blade irons run about $1000-$1100.

$300 for a hockey stick seems a little crazy, especially considering that they break and I would assume that a high level peewee or bantam player must go through as many as ten sticks a year (am I wrong?). It's a lot of money for someone to shell out, especially a parent!

I just bought a RBZ driver this spring, it had been about 7 years since I had bought a new driver. I paid $299. Its one of if not the hotest drivers on the market. of course I'm still playing my hogan Irons from around'97 but you just cant replace perfection. I kknow some of those drivers got a little rediculous but at least there aren't supposed to break. sticks on the other hand...

ponder 08-17-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Puckstop40 (Post 53635145)
The new Bauer and Easton high end sticks have reached $260. Every year the price creeps up at least $10. Why is this? Is this new technology making a considerable difference to previous year's models?

Inflation, mostly. Tonnes of products are rising in price by 5% or more per year, especially in America, where they've been absolutely flooding the market with currency after the 2008 financial crisis. If you want cheaper sticks, buy cheaper sticks. You can get a bad stick for as little as $20, and plenty of decent sticks can be found at roughly $100.

thrillhouse99 08-17-2012 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by rinkrat22 (Post 53657283)
I just bought a RBZ driver this spring, it had been about 7 years since I had bought a new driver. I paid $299. Its one of if not the hotest drivers on the market. of course I'm still playing my hogan Irons from around'97 but you just cant replace perfection. I kknow some of those drivers got a little rediculous but at least there aren't supposed to break. sticks on the other hand...

Exactly, $299 and you won't have to buy a new driver for another 7years unless you want a new one. It's a completely different expenditure than a hockey stick.

What hogan irons? Apex blades? Those are beauties.

rinkrat22 08-17-2012 02:21 PM

yup apex blades, and I paid 799 for those, 15 years ago. now forged clubs are over a grand but you get so many years out of them the value is there. A stick that you know is gonna break for 250-260 is crazy. I'm on my second totalone and paid 200 for those, I cant see another 50.

noobman 08-17-2012 02:43 PM

R&D costs, manufacturing costs, higher input costs, inflation in general. Given some of the drastic redesigns you see every couple of years, I wouldn't be surprised if the yield rate was fairly low on certain sticks.

OpenIceHit42 08-17-2012 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by ChiTownHawks (Post 53656579)
Man if the Nexus 1000 is $250 I wonder how much the 4000 is? :naughty:

Good catch. Fat fingered that one.

GrafSk8r12 08-17-2012 05:17 PM

http://www.hockeymonkey.com/clearance-sticks.html :yo:


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