||02-04-2011 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by FirstAndTen
My God. I don't want to buy the factory that built the crimping tool, just the tool?
Am I being unreasonable here? Is this some sort of monetary barrier put up by the industry to discourage DIY'ers from going PEX?
Sports equipment, apparels, watches, consumer electronics and all sorts of other things have so called "MAPP", a vertical price fixing imposed by manufacturer to protect the value of the brand. Basically retailers can't advertise the products below the minimum advertised price policy set point.
Perhaps tool manufacturers do the same. This isn't anything about protecting the trade. It's common among many products.
Also, if the tool uses something that is patented, the patent holder can withhold anyone else from making it or allow someone to make them, but licensing must be paid which raises the cost.
Good tools are usually expensive and not every tool is available at Harbor Freight.
Originally Posted by Red Squirrel
Yeah I always wondered this too. It's not really a complex tool, and I'm sure it cost about $5 to make considering it's probably made in China by kids being paid 3c per hour.
I'm sure someone who is decent at machining could make one for a fraction of the price if given the proper dimensions.
If the tools are patented, that is actually illegal. The shop is subject to civil litigation by the patent holder.