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Old 06-29-2015, 04:01 AM   #1
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I wasn't sure which area on the forum to ask this but can someone please enlighten me on the logic behind cost of MDF mouldings? Why are same size but different styles priced differently when the manufacturing process and material is identical (I'm assuming). Is it due to the manufacturer having to pay royalties per particular style? I could understand cost increasing if the material being used is greater for one vs. the other but the prices of MDF mouldings make no sense to me. I see a 7" base moulding for $1.50 ln/ft and a 4" base for $2 ln/ft. Is the cost based on amount of material, manufacturing process, royalties or what?

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Based on whatever the manufacturer and retailer decide to price it at. The single most likely factor is sales volume . Those items that sell in greater volume are likely priced lower than less popular items . For the retailer less popular items sit in inventory longer and rack up larger inventory holding costs. For the manufacture it is usually cheaper to produce a large run of an item than smaller runs. Just my guess but I can't imagine anyone has design patent of a particular style unless it is a really ornate one .
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Could have something to do with the complexity of the profile, cost of of the shaper bits, maintenance, etc. Also, they may have more waste associated with cutting several smaller moldings versus one wider molding. But, I suspect Jim is probably on to something.
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Could have something to do with the complexity of the profile, cost of of the shaper bits, maintenance, etc. Also, they may have more waste associated with cutting several smaller moldings versus one wider molding. But, I suspect Jim is probably on to something.
Sure, it's understandable if the material has to be run through some shaper, maybe having to be run multiple times for the final profile. But I'm assuming MDF mouldings are cast or extruded so in theory, profile complexity is insignificant. However, I do see more of a correlation between complexity and cost than I do with size vs cost. I just think these manufacturers are basing the cost of MDF mouldings on the principle of traditional real wood.
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Not sure where you are located but I'm looking to upgrade my base. And found local building supply places are about 30% cheaper than big box

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I wasn't sure which area on the forum to ask this but can someone please enlighten me on the logic behind cost of MDF mouldings? Why are same size but different styles priced differently when the manufacturing process and material is identical (I'm assuming). Is it due to the manufacturer having to pay royalties per particular style? I could understand cost increasing if the material being used is greater for one vs. the other but the prices of MDF mouldings make no sense to me. I see a 7" base moulding for $1.50 ln/ft and a 4" base for $2 ln/ft. Is the cost based on amount of material, manufacturing process, royalties or what?
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