I've written about this before. The two main obstacles to producing track are cost and warehousing. It costs quite a bit to get a single piece to market and then you need to warehouse thousands of pieces because in order to make it at a reasonable cost, you need to make thousands. And when you're a one or two man operation, the warehouse is your house.Montoya1 said:More and more it looks as if the after-market 18'' curves should have quickly followed by a 21'' and NOT Tyco curves. Now it looks too late.
What I would love is for someone to do a 7.5'' and 10.5'' curve, but I know that will not happen in 2-lane ''toy'' track...
Track does not fly off the shelves like cars. Take a look at your favorite vendor and see how much track they offer. Therefore track sits in inventory a long time.
As I said, I am still surprised the Tyco/Mattel track has not sold out very quickly. The need for the 6" and 15" curves for Tyco track seemed to be a no-brainer - and maybe I'm stubborn, but it still seems like a good idea. If only 500 people in the whole world, in the WHOLE WORLD, would take 8 pieces each, that would deplete enough inventory that newer pieces (like long straights, bigger curves and banked curves) would be designed and hitting the market very quickly. That's really not asking a lot.
I know I could build a Tyco track for a fraction of the cost of a Tomy track because of the bulk pricing on Tyco track.
With both Tomy and AW threatening to make an 18" curve, that would pretty much make our mold useless. It is not our intention to compete, but to compliment. I still shake my head that neither Tomy nor AW approached us to either buy our mold or have us produce the track. Why incur the cost of doing your own design and mold? In fact, it is amazing to me that AW would make it's own track instead of making a deal with Tomy. I just can't see that as being profitable.
With such a small customer base, why would you expend the time, energey and resources to make something that already exists? There are so many new track pieces which could be made, that to remake existing pieces just seems foolish.