Is there an explanation for the price (other than supply-demand) for
an item like this:
which is essentiall a piece of metal?
I've seen slightly more elaborate pieces of metals for over $800.
I guess the real question is where could I find ORB door pulls for a
more reasonable price (e.g. 1/20th)
Thank you in advance!
My conjecture would be that they're small volume item w/ quite a lot of
hand work targeted to an also small-volume market that is essentially
100% discretionary spending driven.
As for the second, no clue...
IMO dpb hit the nail squarely on the head.....they tend to be luxury
items & are priced "as the traffic will bear".
baldwin dummy knob
here's for Baldwin hardware (~1/20)
check for your style desired
Ace Hardware in Santa Ana, CA
714-541-5268 is major supplier (walk-in, phone & online) of Baldwin;
pretty good prices as well
here's some info on Quikset hardware (cheaper)
I watched hardware being made on "How It's Made" a few weeks ago.
They're mostly zinc, with some complicated finishes to get the patina.
There's a lot of hand work involved.
The price is obviously (as always) based on what the market will bear.
BTW: I'm old enough now (50) that _everything_ seems overpriced. I
mentioned this to my much older friend, and he replied that everything
It's big, fat, made of solid bronze or brass, and is a boutique item.
There's no point in asking why.
That's a big item you linked to. They're also called appliance pulls
when they get that big. They're also more of a commercial item when
they have such a large diameter. If you're locked in to that exact
style, you have a bit of searching to do, or you'll have to pony up
the money, and that's what they're counting on. Here's something a
bit different, different size and cheaper.
When I'm doing such searches I usually type in what I want, do the
Google, then select the Images tab and search visually. That will
locate a vendor who will have alternatives and similar items.
Its mostly aimed at the McMansion, fluffed up truck as a fashion
statement "car" bragging rights crowd. You know the I have a 186" TV or
"these are custom door pulls made just for me and they cost $7,000" etc
On Oct 18, 11:51 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yeah, I'd like to see the blood stains and rust on your door handles!
And the idea that making your own is free only if you place no value
at all on your time. The thing the OP linked to is either solid brass
or bronze, depending on the finish. ORB is oil rubbed bronze.
I dont make my own in the house. Mine came with the house, but I have
bought them for other projects at about $2 each and they look nice and
are durable. On the other hand, I have made them for barn doors, out
of 1/8 inch thick by 1" steel. It takes me about about 10 minutes
with a torch, hammer and vice to bend them. The ones I make cost 25
cents for the metal and another 10 cents for the spray paint and torch
gas. I save buying the ones that cost $8 each, and mine are much
stronger. No, they are not sharp.
The thing the OP linked to damn well better be made of brass at that
rediculous price. Or, actually it should be made of solid gold.....
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