Man, I was just in my local music store. $15 for one pair of Vic Firth sticks. $700 foe a Supra. $848 for a 6.5×14 COB! WTF!!!!
Being canadian, the actual currency situation should theoritically have no impact on the price of purchasing, say for the sake of this post, a Dunnett titanium snare drum and a great set of sabian artisans for example.Soon the ppl will beg for a North American Union, or so corporations hope.
Doesn't AYOTTE make drumsticks?
Truth. It never ceases to amaze me that people slag the manufacturer for retail pricing.In the mass produced drum market, the actual cost of production is fairly small compared to the street price paid. It's all the other costs that stack it up (marketing overheads, distribution, duties, retail margins, etc, etc). Ultimately, local pricing is decided more on the basis of market conditions than any tracked relationship to manufacturing cost. No different to any other global brand business.
Over the last few years, more and more Australians have indeed been buying books, drum gear, shoes, etc. direct from overseas. Even with high postage costs (especially from the US) these things often work out around half price.With prices like that buying bulk online or coop with other drummers might work out.