Quote Originally Posted by totoL1 View Post
There is the law of supply and demand.
Low demand make prices go down, big demand make prices stay or go up.

The biggest example of that i see it with the freewheel, just a little bike kid wheel and a bit of aluminium made in Asia which cost price could be less than $30 is sell to customers with the same price that an entire good enough bicycle, why? well simple, Pat have the pattent and there is only him in the market and a lot of people want his wheel, so the prices...
...have stayed the same since the beginning.

In general, I agree with what you say in this post, but there are other cost considerations patd, and other low volume, small manufactures in the US DME market that need to be recovered by the makers, other than parts.

Total cost of doing business is far greater than parts expense, in this market.