You're right. Loadhaul is popular. That said, i'm not sure i like it *that* much. I'd also be wondering if accurascale might do one if i wait long enough.
Throughout this thread, there are a number of people who've said or implied that they have a limit, there are even more comments to this effect on fb forums. What I found a little alarming was the comment from a previous poster of Bachmann's failure to understand how people buy, specifically in regard to rakes. I can afford a single Mk2 coach at £65, but buying 8 becomes prohibitively expensive. I'm not just going to buy a single coach. Not that i can't afford the £500, its just that there are other things i'd prefer to spend this chunk of money on.
I'd be a little bit more accepting of the price rises on chinese made stuff if i didn't see prices on other chinese made stuff tumbling, or holding steady. Numerous people had "explained" it saying its wages, materials, shipping, exchange rates, Mr Bachmann's wife wants a new handbag and i'm sure all of these have some merit. The 47 (and 37) enjoyed being 'dealer specials' shortly before the competition was announced and as being dealer specials, saw a substantial price hike with no discounting. But we also saw Bachmann reduce the price of their 66 once the Hattons broke cover. They're all co-co diesels, so why is it so much cheaper to make and sell a 66 than a 37 - the arguments about costs no longer have any merit? The toolings were all made years ago.
You can probably draw your own conclusions. Bachmann is in business to make money, it is not a charity. But just like any other business, if it wants my money, it needs to earn it and not just expect it.