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Posted: 9/3/2015 4:00:45 PM EST
80% lowers are generally in the $80 plus range while fully machined ones can be had for as little as $40. They are most often not anodized, require less machining, no engraving and no record keeping so why are they so damn expensive? Is it simply a supply and demand thing?
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 4:22:43 PM EST
Awesome how that works huh?

Probably just a combination of supply/demand/"because I can"/greed etc.
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Link Posted: 9/3/2015 6:46:58 PM EST
80% lowers are generally in the $80 plus range
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If you're paying $80 for an 80% lower, you need to shop harder. They can be had for $30 raw or $40 anodized.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 6:49:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Stickman:



Because of the perceived benefit.

Because of the machine time.

Because you can do anodizing yourself.

Because of smaller volumes.



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Originally Posted By Stickman:
Originally Posted By Sticks-N-Stones:
80% lowers are generally in the $80 plus range while fully machined ones can be had for as little as $40. They are most often not anodized, require less machining, no engraving and no record keeping so why are they so damn expensive? Is it simply a supply and demand thing?



Because of the perceived benefit.

Because of the machine time.

Because you can do anodizing yourself.

Because of smaller volumes.







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Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:32:51 PM EST
Economy of sale. Demand isn't as high so production isn't as high.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:41:37 PM EST
Quality 80% lowers can be had for $29 right now. Uppers can be found for the same.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:44:01 PM EST
Yeah, the Tactical Machining 80% I paid $60 for over a year ago are down to $29+shipping. Now, am I dumb, or when you finish an anodized lower, you still have bare aluminum insides, right?
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:49:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By CowboyWubWub:
Yeah, the Tactical Machining 80% I paid $60 for over a year ago are down to $29+shipping. Now, am I dumb, or when you finish an anodized lower, you still have bare aluminum insides, right?
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Correct, but everything else is protected except a couple pin holes. Nothing inside the fire control pocket needs the protection, really.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:50:29 PM EST
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If you're paying $80 for an 80% lower, you need to shop harder. They can be had for $30 raw or $40 anodized.
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80% lowers are generally in the $80 plus range


If you're paying $80 for an 80% lower, you need to shop harder. They can be had for $30 raw or $40 anodized.


+1
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 8:46:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By dedzeppo:
Quality 80% lowers can be had for $29 right now. Uppers can be found for the same.
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Link?
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 9:15:18 PM EST
Anyone used a easy jig?

I think this is what i'm going to get to build my first lower with.

http://www.righttobear.com/80-Percent-Arms-Universal-80-AR-15-Easy-Jig-p/80j-easy.htm
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:08:59 AM EST
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Originally Posted By CowboyWubWub:
Yeah, the Tactical Machining 80% I paid $60 for over a year ago are down to $29+shipping. Now, am I dumb, or when you finish an anodized lower, you still have bare aluminum insides, right?
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Clearly I needed to do some more searching. Thanks for the tip, I might be ordering one soon. How did yours turn out? And yes you'd have raw metal in the fire control pocket and if I understand correctly anodizing improves the wear characteristics and surface hardness which might help prevent the trigger/hammer pins from egging out their holes.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:16:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Stickman:



Because of the perceived benefit.

Because of the machine time.

Because you can do anodizing yourself.

Because of smaller volumes.


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Originally Posted By Stickman:
Originally Posted By Sticks-N-Stones:
80% lowers are generally in the $80 plus range while fully machined ones can be had for as little as $40. They are most often not anodized, require less machining, no engraving and no record keeping so why are they so damn expensive? Is it simply a supply and demand thing?



Because of the perceived benefit.

Because of the machine time.

Because you can do anodizing yourself.

Because of smaller volumes.





Thanks for the input and I understand the perception and volume ideas, they fall under 'supply and demand'. Sellers base prices on what people are willing to pay. But less machine time and lack of anodizing seems like they would keep the prices lower. Although some replies below are pointing out that I haven't looked hard enough and cheaper options are available.

Sidenote: Are you the same 'Stickman' that does the awesome photography? Didn't know you're part of Rainier.
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