the true question is why are they so expensive????
Well not that hard.
Lets say an average bar costs 170 dollars to make in materials.
Then see the R&D and buildcosts of the unique features of a brand bar.
- R&D costs (lets say 5 people working on it for a year with making testversions 3D prints, checking different materials and variations of those materials, graphic designer etc)
- 50K for just the mold for a Chickenloop/QR system. Some are cheaper some are more expensive.
- special lines will be more expensive
- molds for the centerhole, the linewinders, the special shaped floaters, strap or clamcleat parts.
All and all there is alot of time and money going into these bars before even the first bar is released. All this go's into the bars costs. Then the brand needs to make some on it. And then the shop. (if no intermediate persons)
One of those ridiculous expensive bars is the NORTH bar, but its a piece of art. So many features have been specially designed for it. I am not suprised its so expensive. Ok i'm not paying that kind of money for a bar but i can totally see why its so expensive.
If you dont want to pay that amount of money then simply build your own bar from parts you like or buy a cheaper bar.
But there are a lot of costs going into a bar to try and make it better.