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Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Feb 2016 8:01 p.m. PST

I suspect I already know the answer to this, but wanted to see if there have been any price drops, or discounts to the cost of casting resin, in the last year or so, given that they're derived from petroleum products?

Since those have plummeted by about 2/3rds, I'm hoping that the price of casting resins will eventually, too.

Seems to me metals prices should be taking a sharp dive too, given what I've been reading about, and hearing in the news.

Of course, getting those discounts passed down to the retail level always takes time, if it ever occurs at all.

Wargamer Blue05 Feb 2016 8:18 p.m. PST

Good point. I remember all the news stories on TMP when manufacturers had to raise prices due to the increase in raw material costs.

Cosmic Reset05 Feb 2016 8:38 p.m. PST

I haven't seen any price drop yet.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2016 9:10 p.m. PST

I have not seen any decrease in resin costs to date. I imagine it will take a while for the costs to come down if the oil prices stay down.

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2016 2:45 a.m. PST

we are still paying the same as we were last year so no increase or decrease.
what has gone up is postage and other costs

Fighting 15s06 Feb 2016 4:29 a.m. PST

As the main cost of resin items is related to time to manufacture and the general cost of living, the fluctuations in raw materials costs are not likely to have a large effect on prices. Cheaper resin isn't going to change the time it takes for that resin to cure and be demoulded.

The same is true of metal, where metal accounts for only a small proportion of the cost of a typical wargames figure.

In general, if materials costs do fall, the cost of living has usually risen enough not to lead to a drop in prices.

As yet, I haven't seen any great drop in the price of resin. Metal is back to only double what it was in 2007 or so, rather than triple when China was snaffling up tin, but this is still an insignificant change in terms of the cost of metal in a single figure. What an increase in metal price does is cause heart failure when you're ordering 100kg of it… :-) Resin, BTW, has yet to induce that level of alarm.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

When costs go up, prices go up. When costs go back down, "other costs" have risen in their place to justify the increased price. When "other costs" also go down, the price remains the same because time has shown that people will pay it.

Personal logo Miniatureships Sponsoring Member of TMP13 May 2016 8:14 a.m. PST

You would think that resin and metal casting are like gas stations, were price is based on what a barrel of oil cost.

Forget that when it comes to metal and resin, because what the miniature companies are purchasing is a manufactured item. Sure, metal may go up and down that a manufacturer will purchase, but I have never found that to be true with resin at all.

But, if and when the prices do fall for a manufacturer in this business, that usually means, if other cost have not risen sharply, that the extra money can go into building the line of products.

If prices of raw materials drop to say something they were 10 years ago, that does not take into account what it means to operate a company today. As others have stated, other prices have gone up, laws have changed forcing other cost that a consumer does not see, as well as market changes that require other methods as well as other cost in getting a product in front of the consumer.

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