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Philip Fass
why the huge price difference in these fluos?
on Feb 27, 2010 at 2:59:28 pm

I'm comparing these two fluo options, a Barfly 100 "system" and "kit."

System: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/489384-REG/Kino_Flo_SYS_B100_G120_Bar...

Kit: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/509766-REG/Kino_Flo_KIT_B100_G120_Bar...

Maybe I'm missing something, but it looks like the kit gives you a cloth bag for the gels, carrying cases for the lamps and the overall system, and a different angle of louver for (based on system's add-to-cart price) about $300.

Are the extra items really worth that much?


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Bill Davis
Re: why the huge price difference in these fluos?
on Feb 28, 2010 at 2:19:27 am


Looked at one way - NOTHING is ever strictly worth it's retail price if you think of that price as ONLY covering what's in that particular product.

Because that price doesn't cover just the cost of the stuff. As with all retail pricing you're paying for not only the design, engineering, construction and manufacturing that went into THIS product, but you're supporting a company with the PROFIT to continue to manufacture, build and maintain it's infastructure, pay the costs of human resources (including hopefully, smart key people who can do an exceptional job of developing the technology!) pay taxes and the opportunity cost of capital and survive, develop and support their existing line while investing in developing new products.

Oh, yeah, and the people who are taking the risks with the capital necessary to do all this want a RETURN on their capital. That's how business works.

So the people who are running and attempting to sustain this particular business have set their prices at what they believe the market will support in order to meet those overall objectives.

You have a single choice.

Buy their stuff and support their view of how the business should work. Or buy something else and support something more or less expensive.

Like Walter Cronkite used to say when signing off...

That's the way it is.





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Craig Alan
Re: why the huge price difference in these fluos?
on Mar 1, 2010 at 6:45:51 am

the kit includes an extra louver. This is not made clear on bhphoto site but is on kino flo site.

I'd check with bh just to make sure you get both the 60 and 90.

if you add up the soft bag price and extra louver and gel bag it comes out at the $300.

no discount for buying as a kit.

i guess you save on shipping.

So the only question is whether you want that kind of carry bag.

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Jay Curtis
Re: why the huge price difference in these fluos?
on Mar 4, 2010 at 6:12:57 pm

1) How do you plan to protect your equipment? You may already have a bag or larger case that this unit will go into, and you may not.

2) Are the extra accessories worth $300 to you right now? If not, since there's no discount for buying all the pieces as a kit, you can always get the rest of the kit for the same price if you decide later that you need them.

Jay


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