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Old 09-29-2008, 03:48 AM   #1
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SAG members! Need help finding price point for Wooden Wheels

Hello All,

I have the opportunity through a manufacturer to offer 1/6th German wagon wheels made of real wood. I believe a band of metal encircles the outside keeping it from wear. The center hole has a diameter of 6mm which he says he can change to your specifications. Because this is a new venture and he doesn't want to overprice, he is asking me to ask you guys what you would pay for such an item. The wheels will come in a set of two. I can't remember what the CH ones go for but these are the real deal. Please help a fellow enthusiast out by giving me your honest opinion. Thank you.

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:01 AM   #2
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Oops,

Here are the pictures:



Thanks for looking!

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Old 09-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #3
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What is the outside diameter?
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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Good Question!

I'll get back to you on that! Thanks Sixth Vanguard, I was wondering the same thing. What does the CH release sell for, do you know?

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:00 AM   #5
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Ah,

The diameter of the wheels is 20cm and the thickness of the wheel is 1.5cm. That's 7 7/8" diameter and 1/2" thick. Thanks!

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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CH wheel prices? No idea. I haven't bought a CH item in years.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:03 AM   #7
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Me neither,

Just need to know as to gauge what NOT to charge. Don't want to go down that route. Know what I mean?

Glad to meet another Californian Night Owl. Hoo.Hoo.

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Old 09-29-2008, 01:02 PM   #8
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I'm not sure what they charge for the wheels seperate, if they even do, but I picked up the Fielg Gun Limber at the show as part of a package deal. I think individually it was 100.00? Anyhow, someone of even basic skill could knock off a limber in a weekend, maybe even a field kitchen, with the exception of the wheels of course. 30-40.00 for a pair made from wood would not seem unreasonable to me, but I have no idea how complex they are to make, just be sure not to sell short. The way I figure prices for the stuff I make is by setting a price per hour plus materials then calculate the selling price based on that. My stuff seems ridiculously expensive to some folks, but when you add up the timeand money spent in trial and error, special tools, dies, molds, chemicals, fighting with the wife, etc......... its really a bargain!
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:03 PM   #9
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The wheels look nice. I have been looking for a good wagon wheel for a while that won't break the bank and I am sure the CH ones were probably of that crappy polystone. I have a wagon that I made wheels for and they are OK but not as good as what I would have wanted.

According the the CH site the wheels are $200.00 HK that's about $26.00 US
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:07 PM   #10
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Thanks John,

These bad boys are very sturdy and made of wood so, they are real wagon wheels. The center plates are steel and actually have bolts securing them together. The band is metal. Really nice stuff. Obviously for the amount of craftsmanship involved and the materials used he can't charge $26 like CH polystone over there. What would be a respectable price for such pair of beauties?

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IMHO and I have said this before take your cost (including your cost to recieve them) add 40% and that should give you a good price point if you feel that might be too much you can make a little less per wheel maybe go as low as 20%.

I don't know if it's possible but some companies do drop shipping where the item is actually shipped from the manufacturer rather than shipped to the distibutor but some people don't want to be bothered shipping a bunch of stuff out like that and would rather ship one big box and let the dist do all the leg work.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:43 PM   #12
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I just paid $27 for a set of cyberhobby wheels. I am interested in your wood wheels
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:08 PM   #13
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Hi John,

To answer you question, my guy overseas is going to slow boat a bunch to me absorbing the shipping costs into many items thereby decreasing the individual's cost for shipping and the hassle of the manufacturer having to deal with one wheel here and two wheels there.

Toysurgeon, Since you did take the plunge to buy the CH plastic ones, how much would you pay for wood wheels with metal parts?

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:28 PM   #14
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Hi, everyone, as this discussion seems to have gotten down to back and forth negotiations about price and shipping cost on speculative items, it's time to move it off to the maintenance battalion. I think the items are very interesting and we have always encouraged customizers to drop in a "check this out" post here, but when we start bartering, well, that sort of thing belongs in the Quartermaster sections.
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