Just to clarify, i was being somewhat ironic - the prices on the site linked are very high, and from what some of the respondents have said - the stuff is selling at the high prices.
I think that, as previously mentioned, if you need one bit to complete a group - you will pay the inflated prices and as the USA is a large country with a large population - there are enough people looking for that 'one bit' for the shop to survive and survive well. For people in the UK and Northern Ireland (me!) the prices are extreme - but then European parts may be easier and less expensive to source here.
I doubt that anyone in RB believed the original statement and we should all be aware of the poverty in the USA, as we are aware of poverty in the UK and Europe.
On a closing note, i wish i had the money to buy a lot of the expensive stuff but they don't have 600AX brake hoods and that puts me off digging deep in my pockets!!
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