Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New Ball Prices are Extortionate

The new ball is finally spreading around the globe and one thing which has become apparent is the high prices. I recently heard that the price for a 3 pack of 3 star Butterfly plastic balls would be $10USD. That's over $3USD per ball. The Nittaku premium plastic balls also near that mark as well.

New 40+ ball pricing is insane
It is understandable that prices may be higher as companies adjust their production systems and techniques but these prices are insane for one table tennis ball. Couple the expensive pricing with the high rate of breakage and you have to wonder what the sport is coming to!

I recall when the ball was being introduced that one of the reasons for the change was the high cost of shipping celluloid balls as they were flammable and transportation had become more expensive. In all honesty I would rather pay $3 per ball to keep the old ones and cover the shipping costs than have to pay this much for a ball which may not even last an hour during practice. Before hitting us with such extortionate prices you would think they would at least do a lot more work on the quality and durability of the plastic balls.

How does everybody else feel about the match of price and quality for the new balls?

1 comment:

  1. That's to expensive!!!! In philippines, table tennis are now becoming alive again, but if the price of the will continue to grow/up and the ITTF will not act on this, Table Tennis will surely die. Probably others will change into other sports. The average price of a ball 3 star ball in philippines is 45 pesos, but now, they increase it to minimum of 65 pesos, others like nitaku and xiom are ranging from 80 to 90 pesos. That's too much.