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Discussion: Why the low prices on bats?

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March 1, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2691 posts
Why the low prices on bats?
I've never seen the price of bats so low, senior and others? Makes you wonder what's about to be released.
March 1, 2013
ju25
Men's 55
149 posts
I know that the USSSA and ASA prices have dropped because of the new stamp. Mike has some great prices on senior sticks and I too wonder if something new is in the making. IMO the only improvement you could make on seniors is to improve durabiliy, and I don't know how that could be accomplished without sacrificing performance.
March 1, 2013
tattooball
621 posts
There is always something new coming out.
March 1, 2013
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
421 posts
I think bats are getting to be "fashion items", sort of like running shoes or any number of other items. The manufacturers put new graphics on them, paint them a different color, and peddle them as the next great thing. If something new is coming out, as Bruce opines, I would guess it will be a rehash of something we've already seen.

For our part, we're as bad as golfers, always flocking to the next great thing to give us an edge.

If bat standards mean anything, it stands to reason that it would be increasingly difficult and costly to engineer a bat that is better by more than the smallest of margins and remain within the standards.

For my part, durability has become the deciding factor in future bat purchases. Just as soon as I get my hands on (insert bat of your choice)! :)
March 2, 2013
hemi racer
Men's 65
89 posts
I guess senior bats are like electronics, they get cheaper as time goes by. After they recoup thier research and development cost.
One other thought, NOBODY is as bad as golfers!
March 2, 2013
bkb555
93 posts
new stuff comes out and the older (6 months) gets reduced...alot of times it is just a paint job of an old model ....so sometimes it pays to get last years model at a discount price and still get all the performance......hockey gear is like that all the time...if you want it now, you will pay for it...wait a few months or a year and get $500 pair of skates for $150
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