Need for Fewer Batteries, Efficient Pricing of Units and Ordering Batteries Seperately

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I purchased an EGO lawn mower last summer and I love it.  I am looking at purchasing a snow blower and possibly a chain saw.  I do NOT need a battery for each of these units since I will buy new units that use the same battery type.  Why have four batteries when two would be more than enough and be more cost efficient.  However, it is price prohibitive to buy units without batteries and then buy one separate battery.  For example, a snow blower without batteries retails for approximately $400.  A single 5.0 battery retails for approximately $250.  So to purchase a snow blower with one battery costs $650.  Conversely, I can buy a full two battery snow blower for approximately $600.  This is not efficient use of resources and is cost prohibitive.

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I love ego products but their battery cost to replace is insane to me. Seems to be there should be some type of a way to send a battery back to be reborn at a much lower cost. What a waste of resources and more stuff going into landfills.
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same problem with me..ended up with pakage deal of snow blower, charger and two batteries for $800...would have been well over $1000 separately...and I already have the mower charger and battery..I feel your pain

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Happy to have an inventory of batteries to rotate through as I use various Ego tools.  Snow blowing driveway and can;t quite finish with the batteries I started with - no problem I just grab 2 more batteries and finish the job.  Also allows me to use the slow chargers (which I think are better for long term battery life).
I love buying kits and getting a great discount on the batteries and building my inventory of POWER.
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You can never have too much power. As you observed, it is much more economical to get the kit if you are going to buy the tool anyway. Just either rotate them like we all do, always a spare on a charger, or just store 'em for when the originals begin to lose charging capacity. They will, eventually, after some years. they aren't magic and can't defy the laws of energy. But hey, gas runs out too and a heck of a lot more often. I think of my batteries as the equivalent of a private gas pump. We got a couple of the small converters and just used them to light up an barn attic project without fussing with running an extension cord trip-hazard up the ladder.
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Tim, I agree with you 100%! Ego is just taking advantage of us, their dedicated customers.
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Individual higher battery pricing seems to be industry wide. Meaning any battery powered tool will be better priced as a kit that includes battery and charger. For example, I needed a new battery for my DeWalt cordless drill. One battery would have cost $90. I got a drill, charger, and 1 battery for $75 as a kit. This is not a case of EGO taking advantage of customers. It's a very industry wide standard practice. 
Why wouldn't one want to get extra batteries anyway? Using Tim's example, a snow blower with 2 batteries means you get one battery for $50 less than the price of a stand along battery, and the second battery is free. Believe me, you'll like having extra batteries. Always better to have a few extra that can go into rotation instead of only having one or 2 and one or both of those conking out leaving you unable to run any tool and having to then pay full price for a battery just to get back up and running. 


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And I understand/agree in that it would be nice if individual batteries were lower priced. 
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Thanks Mike, but I think  "industry wide standard practice" means all the manufacturers are taking advantage of us. If they can offer the "kits " for less, then the individual components are actually costing them less. 
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They are taking the loss on the tool, not the batt in the kits. Lithium is a commodity, and a limited one at that, thanks to Tesla. So the battery price is not as flexible and completely at the whim of the market and the supply.

It's the tool mark up they are using to absorb the "deal" on the kit. And counting on folks buying bare tools once they have the batts. If you want to camplain about gouging, the worse side of the equation is the bare tool. That bare mower or blower has about 50.00 bucks, if that of plastic and metal bits, stamped and put together mostly by robots. The hand tools maybe 20.00.

But, hey together the two sides make magic, and is the only system that works this well, with a smart battery that doubles the life over other brands. No one ever complains that a core Mercedes part costs more than a Hyundai's.

I blame the Eveready mindset where we had drilled in that anything called a battery should be cheap, and disposable.
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@tdechill . I guess every time you buy something, someone is taking advantage of you.
Why does the phone and cable company give deals to new customers and charge me their loyal customer more.  It is called marketing / selling / and making a profit.  Whining about it isn't going to change anything.  Tim asked a reasonable question and we explained the pricing and what generally works better etc.  A constructive and hopefully helpful conversation.  You are not adding anything to it.  Ask a question, make a salient point or move on.  Life is too short.
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I had a friend ask if Ego leased batteries & tools to help from having to come up with all the purchase price at once as well as not feeling like they don't have the latest/greatest technology.
I can't even fathom how that'd work.
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