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Old 06-13-2021, 09:30 PM
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Yep. For the relatively poor Pole prices are bonkers. But average German salaries are three times higher than in Poland...
Old 06-13-2021, 10:08 PM
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I know bonkers prices, I've paid those most of my time in the hobby. You guys already hit one of the reasons: 1/10 scale. It's always been
sold at a premium; kits, models, pieces parts down to screws. If it says 1:10 scale and it's armor related chances are I've bought it and paid a higher than I should have price. It's likely why I don't live in a McMansion like many of my friends.... Yes I'm on a first name basis with Bonkers....

I have struggled with German for years as well- now easier as my rudimentary German skills are propped up by Google and smart phone translator tools.
I was supposed to master German when I was a chemistry major; the best research and papers in my chosen field Organic synthetic chem
was in Germany so the language was required as part of the major's curriculum. When I've been wandering around Germany years past I was told my German isn't that bad (I'm certain they were just polite) but it only really comes out when I'm in the middle of that society for a while, when I'm forced to think in German..Otherwise I'm just helpless...

While I always try to write to a German company or fellow modeler in their language I find many do speak English or more precisely 'American'; replete
with slang and euphemisms like a native...after which I'll never make them suffer my German scratching again... !

Old 06-13-2021, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Tanque View Post
. You guys already hit one of the reasons: 1/10 scale.
This scale was very popular in Central and Eastern Europe. For us, it was just a logical scale: measuring the dimensions is super easy and the size is reasonable. Everything has been built from scratch. At that time, there were no Tamiya sets in Poland and even when they appeared, they cost as much as a small car
Old 06-14-2021, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Rad_Schuhart View Post
American tankers might be a 20% maximum. There are LOADS in germany and a big bunch in the UK. Also the best aftermarket boards are all made there: Beier, Elmod, Benedini, Servonaut, SGS and many more.

Many german sellers, including tamiya kit sellers even refuse to ship outside germany, not even to close neighbours like france or even Austria, so imagine how wealthy they must be. That is something I have never ever seen in any ither country, by the way.
I wont give out exact figures but you are absolutely heading the right direction. There are much more armor focused groups and people over there than here. Also the types of customers are different too in what types of things they like to buy (kits, parts, RTR, etc).

The main issue right now is shipping prices and shipping QC. With container prices up over 400% in some areas the air LTL is up over 1000% for some stuff. Shipping prices all over the world have gone up and also completion without damages have gone down significantly outside of the country for all vendors due to rough handling. Demand is much higher now with everyone staying home and it is a lot safer to just ship inside the country when you already have limited stock. Combine that with space availability issues on the containers (just cause you have the money doesn't mean you can get a spot always) and you can start to see why international business can be a bit of a holdup if you are concentrating on your local economy. We are slammed ourselves too on all fronts from distributor to retail.

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