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What makes a cue so expensive?
Say a Scruggs, a Gilbert, a Southwest etc.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:30 AM

the name
thats all

materials come in second, exotic woods, and the white stuff
  
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01-10-2018, 10:34 AM

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the name
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materials come in second, exotic woods, and the white stuff
The names are usually earned due to a history of craftsmanship, playability and builder integrity.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:35 AM

What makes one car more expensive than another?

Same concept.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:36 AM

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What makes a cue so expensive?
Say a Scruggs, a Gilbert, a Southwest etc.

If you have to ask you wont understand-if you dont understand you have to ask,understand?


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01-10-2018, 10:37 AM

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The names are usually earned due to a history of craftsmanship, playability and builder integrity.
This. Sure it's the name, but not just anyone earns a name like that.


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01-10-2018, 10:39 AM

What is the difference between an Altima and a bmw? Both can get you there.


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01-10-2018, 10:40 AM

Alphadog-I get it's brand name vs generic concept.
Thought there might be something more to it.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:43 AM

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What is the difference between an Altima and a bmw? Both can get you there.
True. True.

But one gets you there with less cash in your pocket.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:47 AM

Timex and rolex both keep accurate time...
  
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01-10-2018, 10:47 AM

I can be materials and man hours in the case of some cues with lots of inlays.

But if you're talking about a simple cue and why they can be so much more expensive from some makers...as others have said, it does come down to the name and the reputation that they have earned for themselves for building quality cues.

Some people may take more time in building just a simple cue to make sure they get all the details right. Others may just have found a special combination that makes for a really great playing cue. When a lot of people want your product and you can only make so many in a year you'll naturally raise your price to find the equilibrium. No reason someone who makes really good cues that people want shouldn't be rewarded for that.

Some builders like Southwest don't raise their prices to equilibrium levels. They're prices are high but their demand is even higher. That leads to a very long wait list and higher prices on the secondary market than what the maker charges.

You could look at that as SW leaving money on the table, but it also creates an incredibly strong secondary market for their products which helps their popularity long term. Not an easy thing to create on demand but they've done a great job of nurturing their market. I do think they should probably raise prices some to help bring their wait times down a little while bringing in more money for themselves...but what they're doing certainly seems to be working so as long as they're happy it works.
  
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01-10-2018, 10:50 AM

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Alphadog-I get it's brand name vs generic concept.
Thought there might be something more to it.
"The Name" is a big part of it...
But, don't make the mistake of writing that off as something vain or mythical.

An excellent reputation is not easy to come by, and in fact can take many many years if not decades, of truly top tier work. And even then, some still never get the reputation they deserve.
  
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01-10-2018, 11:04 AM

Union carpenters in Chicago make close to $50 hr.
I wonder how many hours go into making a cue.
  
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01-10-2018, 11:14 AM

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Union carpenters in Chicago make close to $50 hr.
I wonder how many hours go into making a cue.
In some cases,,,, not very long.
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01-10-2018, 11:15 AM

depending on the persons stock and workload id guess

my last custom cue was in my hands in 9 days from deposit
i paid for over night shipping and it was a plain jane, but still!
  
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