CB handhelds, why so expensive.

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CB handhelds, why so expensive.

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I was just thinking about this today.

Why is it that CB handhelds are so much more expensive to buy than UHF/VHF sets?

The UHF ones are also considerably smaller, have more coverage and channels and have better technology.

This is the radio which got me thinking, as it looks very much like dual band VHF/HF set but is on CB.

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/TTI-TCB-H100-CB ... Swq6xez5PL

Thoughts? It cannot just be about economies of scale? Baofeng would certainly sell lots of handheld CB's if they cost a similar amount to their UV-5R...
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My guess would possibly be demand? It's sort of the same with base stations. Nobody really makes base stations anymore, and if they do it's surprisingly cheaper to just buy a amateur rig which can access 27mhz and use that!

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Yup if baofeng could nock up a half decent handy like the uv5 but covering cb ssb am fm maybe it would certainly be the muts nuts n sell like toilet rolls during pandemic
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Modern CB handies are at a bit of a disadvantage with the small rubber duck aerials, they're very poor and range is very limited. UHF handies are much better with small aerials so less power, more battery life etc. Old school walkie talkies on the other hand used 4ft and 5ft aerials so tended to work better imo. I've got a few of the old Lafayette 3, 12, 23 & 40 ch ones in the attic. Good battery life too from AA's. I like old stuff but the long aerials are too fragile and useless indoors, lol.
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original45 wrote: 01 Jul 2020, 11:20 Yup if baofeng could nock up a half decent handy like the uv5 but covering cb ssb am fm maybe it would certainly be the muts nuts n sell like toilet rolls during pandemic
Yeah and would be just as much sh1t
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Baofengs and similar are pile of crap, so they are not expensive.
Good equipment must cost.
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Long telescopic handheld aerials were great for playing Zorro with in the early 80's.

Oh..was that just me??? Sorry.
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More like why are CB/s in general so expensive when the band is as busy as a rolf harris art exhibition
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ch25 wrote: 01 Jul 2020, 18:41 Baofengs and similar are pile of crap, so they are not expensive.
Good equipment must cost.
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Buick Mackane wrote: 01 Jul 2020, 20:32 More like why are CB/s in general so expensive when the band is as busy as a rolf harris art exhibition
I think that's part of the problem. Usually in business, the more you buy of something from the factory the cheaper it gets, so if sales are slow and you only order 10 units at a time, you're going to pay a higher price for them.

Order 100,000 Amstrads like Lord Sugar probably did back then and he probably got them for about £3 each.
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