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How come BP/W cost $600+

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by scuba_moron, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. scuba_moron

    scuba_moron Barracuda

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    Hello,

    I am new to the sport and recently purchased a Seaquest Balance with an Airsource without doing due dilligence at $649. From the posting I read, I may have been better off buying a plate/wing combo, which I'm considering.

    Even though I like my Balance, the plastics and nylon on that BC shouldn't have run more than $250. I know R&D and Marketing have to account for the small market and can command a high premium, but how can a steel plate with $15 webbing and a bladder coast $675?

    I appreciate if you could shed some light on this as I'm considering switching to a BP/W.

    What is the comfort level when wearing a blackplate with straps on bare skin on land, say walking to a beach dive.

    Should I stick with my Balance for now as I don't intend on technical diving? My main goal is to seamline my BC a bit more.

    Thanks again,
     
  2. Ice9

    Ice9 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Alexandria, VA
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    Balance is a good BC though. I have one and it feels very sturdy. I got my first BP/W the other day in an attempt to better streamline. Ya, the costs are crazy. $350 for the plate and harness, and another $350 for the air cell! Hope this thing has gold plating! :D
     
  3. Sideband

    Sideband Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Carol Stream, IL
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    Do a little more shopping. You can get a plate and webbing for under $150 and a wing for about $200 to $250.


    http://scubatoys.com/store/search_r...Search=fromSearch&txtsearchParamTxt=backplate
    scubatoys has a Dive Rite plate for $65

    http://scubatoys.com/store/search_r...omSearch=fromSearch&txtsearchParamTxt=webbing
    Dive Rite basic harness $42

    http://scubatoys.com/store/search_r...tFromSearch=fromSearch&txtsearchParamTxt=wing
    OxyCheq 30#lift wing $225

    Total $332 Minus a 10% discount for scubaboard members.
     
  4. evil_xander

    evil_xander Manta Ray

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    Location: Croatia, Europe.
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    That is because steel is the new gold. :D

    Why a BP/W costs that much? Well, most probably because the market is willing to pay, and is paying for it. Same goes for any BC out there.

    I use a BP/W, recently switched, and I'd never go back now. It's up to you, there's nothing wrong with your Balance either. If you really want to get a BP/W, I'm sure you'll be able to justify it somehow to yourself. :14:
     
  5. evil_xander

    evil_xander Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Croatia, Europe.
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    You got robbed back there. I got my complete rig for 450 USD + shipping, brand new.
     
  6. LavaSurfer

    LavaSurfer Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland / Kona / Roatan
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    Comfortable, Easy to wear, Better than a Jacket because it fits perfect after adjustments. And this is only my opinion. Never had an issue with or without a Suit or Rash guard.

    As for price, shop around. DSS makes a great unit, so do others.
    Buy a plate of ebay. Its not like they go bad.
    As for any other item on the market, you have to pay to play.
     
  7. johnny_bravo

    johnny_bravo Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SW Broward
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  8. MSilvia

    MSilvia Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cohasset, Massachusetts USA
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    Ditto... I paid $65 for a plate, $40 for a STA, and $225 for a good wing.

    As for the expense of the plate, a lot of the cost is in the machining set up.
     
  9. ClevelandDiver

    ClevelandDiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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  10. Ice9

    Ice9 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Alexandria, VA
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    Well, that was the sticker price.. What I actually got was:

    TransPlate Harness and SS Backplate
    2x Large Weight Pockets
    Crotch Strap
    Rec Wing

    Total: $638

    So although I may have gotten screwed a bit, its not as bad as it first seems :D
     

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