lol what did you think were in the boards? Some magic valuable filling?
I get $879 on SS website:
Or the less sturdyu construction for
$779 already...a small difference in construction..make an impact on the price.
So $900 vs Sector I found it for $1100.
The sector I am guessing has a volume that is maybe twice as big, makes a small impact on the production cost..when hit hits you with the few layers of times percentage increase where people in the chain gets their cut...a little more for shipping... (remember that an increase in cost is an increase in risk for the company).
200 difference is no huge. If you have only $50 difference in production cost..that is easily $200 at the tail of it. I don;t know what Airush pays, or SS..I am guessing SS volume is higher and therefore their per item cost is lower. Or maybe they are just better at negotiating.
The price you paid 399: no one is making money. If I were to guess I would think SS central pay maybe 250-350 for a board with the parts produced in China maybe even less ...or where every they make them...then shipping is about an arm and a leg of cost..then sending the board around..each leg. If SS would charge $400 they would be out of business. Great for you that you scored a deal tho.
Still don;t get your mill example. It makes NO SENSE. No need to put words in my mouth..all those bitter little pills might work on someone who cares what you think. I don't.