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The Wife forced me to go to an antique mall last night. It was kind of fun, seeing things I have not seen in alot of years.

While there I saw a sears catalog from 1980. I thumbed through it till I got to the garden tractors. I figured the top of the line model would be around $900 - $1200.

No way, the top of the line was a 18hp 6 speed garden tractor at $2799! That is not to much difference from the price of the top DGT today.

I guess my question here is how and why?
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Originally posted by Ed_GT5000
The Wife forced me to go to an antique mall last night. It was kind of fun, seeing things I have not seen in alot of years.

While there I saw a sears catalog from 1980. I thumbed through it till I got to the garden tractors. I figured the top of the line model would be around $900 - $1200.

No way, the top of the line was a 18hp 6 speed garden tractor at $2799! That is not to much difference from the price of the top DGT today.

I guess my question here is how and why?
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I don't know how and why except maybe improved manufacturing practices? Outsourcing the manufacturing? Cutting corners? But it seems to be a great deal to buy it at the same price 24 years later.
 

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I remember in the early 70’s, the estate I worked on took delivery of
a Gravely 4 wheel ride on (not sure if 400 or 800 series).
The tractor alone, no attachments, $2800.00. :eek:mg:

You could buy a car for that much money back then !!!
 

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It is interesting how certain products rise and dive due to the times and some stay around the same. If memory serves me, I can think of the following few:

1985 Loaded luxury car - about $25k, now $45k - $60k
1985 VCR - $600 to $1000, now about $150
1985 Standard PC IBM Computer $1500 to $2000 now $700
1985 Tablesaw $500? Now $500 - $700
1985 House (Boston area) $125k, now about $400k

I think some manufacturers have constantly changed their methods to hold certain products around the same money. Robotics, outsourcing, more plastics, etc...

If I stop and really thought about it, there is no way I could swing buying a tractor today, if an average one had risen to say $7k.
 

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Originally posted by posullivan

If I stop and really thought about it, there is no way I could swing buying a tractor today, if an average one had risen to say $7k.
I think that statement really hits the nail on the head. It boils down to a matter of economics for the manufacturers. Price them beyond the reach of the average Joe then you might as well shut the doors. That's a market driven promise.
 
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