Another sloppy tactic they use is putting on a 'limited edition' tag on a generic model (like a VR loco in its standard VR livery) and offering a ridiculous inflated price, only to 'run out' of those models, then magically come up with a second batch of them 6 months later.
Sometimes, dropping the overall price actually increases profit (Coles even found that out), as the models clear out more frequently. How about a DCC-ready locomotive which costs no more than $99? Is it possible in the 2000 years? Nope, Austrains' Basix locos cost just short of $200 instead, despite being the base version.
Additionally, why are such low quality models based on very old designs still on the shelves in the first place? Model and toy shops are still trying to sell 1970s-designed train sets with underweight rolling stock, unmodified casting errors, large 'pizza-cutter' flanges, horn hook couplers (or dunny seats in European and Powerline models, or tension lock in the UK, or 'C'Rapido in N scale, or Bachmann Flim-Z Mates with plastic springs), yet on the side of the box, it shows that they are in fact brand new (in the case of Life-Like's Rail Blaster set, 2010). Not only are these sets non-compliant with the NMRA standards, some of them even lack the ability to be upgraded in the first place without serious modifications. In Life-Like's case, why can't the parent company (Walther's) tell China to cease production of these outdated products, since it could be damaging their reputation? Most US-based companies switched to knuckle couplers and RP25 wheelset standards over 20 years ago.
The UK scene is just as pathetic, still using a defunct standard for its horribly oversized OO scale on HO scale track. Either shrink the models to correct HO 1:87 (or 1:87.1) proportions like the rest of the entire world, or die trying to keep up with old, dated 1:76 on narrow gauge rails. It's a wonder Hornby is still in business, let alone taking over so many companies in the past. Their excuse for OO? They couldn't fit a small enough motor in an HO scale locomotive, in the 1930s
. In the 2000s, electric motors can be seen in 1:450 T scale locomotives, if not smaller. OO should have been phased out when Tri-ang was.