[CR]Bottom bracket taps (Italian) ... why so ridiculously high priced?

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From: <FujiFish1@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 21:00:16 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Bottom bracket taps (Italian) ... why so ridiculously high priced?

I've been casually looking for some affordable Italian thread b.b. taps for my LBS for some time now. The "Doc" at the shop has a fairly complete Campy tool kit, including the handles and dies for English b.b. cutting, but he lacks the Italian inserts. Looking on line tonight, I have seen prices of complete Park units in the range of 500 to 600 dollars ... and individual Ital. dies at about $275 each ... just for that one small little part!!! What is the deal here? This seemingly exorbitant and gouging pricing is just as aggrevating as the 6-7 hundred dollar modern light units being sold in the catalogs (off topic part, so please drop that aspect of the discussion).

I ask again ... what is the deal with this high cost? Thanks...

Ciao, Mark Agree (primarily ranting, but also seeking answers, and affordable b.b. taps in) Southfield MI USA

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