7.5Ah BP Blower Price?!?

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So the 7.5Ah Backpack Blower kit was $399 last year. Now it’s $528, that’s 76% more than the 5Ah kit! What happened???

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I'm seeing that action across the board.  I don't get it either.  That's EXPENSIVE!
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That's why I haven't bought the steel deck SP 7.5ah mower. I think the price is expensive
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That's also why I didn't buy the bare-tool snow blower this year. The price went from $400 last year to $542 this year --- just $58 cheaper than the kit with two 5.0 Ah batteries and rapid charger.

I don't know what Home Depot is doing with their prices on Ego products but it doesn't bode well.
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I agree! I love EGO products. I have their Self-Propelled Mower, Snow Blower, Hedge Trimmer, and 480 Hand-Held Leaf Blower. All perform admirably.  I want to take the battery-weight strain off my hand and arm by purchasing the Back-Pack Blower with the 7.5 battery and charger, but am being priced out of the market. Last December, at Home Depot in NC it was $480, and since January it is $527.68. Ouch! I guess my discomfort must continue for now, but hopefully not in the near future. Do EGO products ever go on sale, if so, when or in what season?
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Keep an eye on HD’s website, they sometimes have one day sales. They will have deals from time to time, but they are few and far between.
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I hate to say it Blue, but with the prices going up on EGO stuff I actually considered off and on buying the Craftsman 60v max brushless lawn mower. At 399$ and 75$ back in points I might be able to live with it if it's not that good. The extra 5.0ah battery for it is only 150$ too. 4yr warranty on mower and 2yr on battery.
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Value is always a factor in any big purchase, or at least it should be. With battery cell prices dropping at a steady and predictable rate, there will be increasing pressure on all the established brands that have been selling battery OPE as time goes on.

The old practice of “price increases with battery size/performance” will eventually lead to pricing one’s products right out of the market. Proof of this is seen in electric cars; that industry is moving forward with rapid value increases with every new product generation. Why should a battery powered lawnmower be any different?
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The new pricing makes things a big problem for me.  It's frustrating. I figured prices would fall as the batteries are mass produced and costs should come down.  God I love EGO products, but they are getting out of my price range.
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It's one thing to have sales, but I can't remember the last time I've seen any item from a company rise in retail price after it was released with a established msrp price. That's a good way to turn costumers away.
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And rise 32%  !
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Wish I would get a 32% raise  :)
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Sign me up for one of those too !
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I am back to the forum after so long and yes, this stopped me from buying more of those, and I was buying them for the batteries.
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I certainly agree that bouncing prices are no fun and aggravating and discouraging when investing in a new product line/family.  However, I do recall it being posted here last year that $399 was a ridiculously low price as they were basically giving you the blower for free with a battery purchase.
Of course we all hoped this meant the battery prices were going to be adjusted down in the near future NOT that they would raise the price of the blower kit.
Disappointing development indeed.

Is this HD getting money where they think they can increase margins or a confused pricing structure on Egos part ?   Does Ego have any input on HD pricing ?  I guess seeing what happens with other vendors pricing will tell that story.
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I'm guessing bouncing prices that are going in the UP direction will be a turn off for most customers. Also with the way things are going these days I'm guessing most families/people who are spending this kind of money are already on the fence about it and this might tip them back from doing it.


I'm an example. I'm 34, I make a pretty good hourly wage. Overtime in the 20-30hr range for me is normal, along with double time sometimes. My first check covers my house payment and a few utilities. My second check is all savings. I was thinking about buying a mower, but then I thought "do I really want to spend basically a whole check on this when i could get a used reliable Honda for half that or maybe new or just keep my current problem free gas mower and keep most of my money?"
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Here are my terms for this kit pricewise:
at $399, its original price, you guarantee that I will buy multiple of them and dethrone Greenworks as my primary line of tools.  That is a bargain price that would really compete with the other units out there, which unfortunately as far as backpack blowers go, isn't many, but I'd buy them for the batteries and chargers.
$449 is a reasonable price still.  It takes away the guarantee that I will buy more of these units, but it makes it more likely than not.
$499 is the absolute most I would pay, and at that price, I would probably buy more Greenworks units.
The current price, $527, is out of the question.

Update: the price is now at $449.  Thank you very much EGO.  I will now quite likely buy more of these in the future.
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Special thanks to EGO and to Blue Angel and several other forum members for this, you have done me personally a great service by opening up new avenues for me to expand my lawn equipment inventory. It means a very great deal to me.
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I think they're greedy and noticed the popularity of EGO, maybe decided to get all they could!

Off topic the neighbor payed me for my snowblower services this winter with my EGO snowblower.... 250$. Now it's almost halfway paid for itself.
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Nice! It’ll be a free tool this time next year! :-)
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Hopefully. These tools are starting to get too expensive. I'm still trying to figure out why the steel deck self propelled mower is like 249$ more then the plastic SP 7.5ah one? Is a steel deck really that much more cost?
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Or why the original 20” plastic deck push mower with 7.5Ah battery has always been more expensive than the newer 21” SP 7.5Ah mower? Yeah, there are definitely some downright dumb pricing strategies going on with Home Depot.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-20-in...
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"While it is hard to imagine that my comments here have any impact on Home Depot’s purchasing department, it is kind of coincidental that the price dropped soon after this was posted.

Maybe they are listening! :-)"

Come on man, you know they are :) That's what we're here for.

I think why the original 20” plastic deck push mower with 7.5Ah battery has always been more expensive than the newer 21” SP 7.5Ah mower is because of inventory tax and the fact that it isn't in stores and therefore doesn't sell as much.  The higher price helps alleviate the higher cost of getting it sold.  It might be a better decision businesswise to either sell it in stores or to discontinue it.  Either way, as far as it being more expensive than the self propelled one goes, that will make doubly sure it doesn't get sold.

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