Cold Gin wrote:
The Kimi t-shirt at the Lotus stand was $90.00. I laughed and didn't buy it, cool as it was.
In fact, everything in Austin was pretty steep. I got a Williams hat, some COTA merchandise, and spent the rest of my money on food and drink. For some reason, it didn't bother me to spend a lot of money eating and drinking. But I wasn't going to pay the prices they were charging for team stuff. Its obscene, and I'm not a cheapskate by any measure.
I'm kind of wondering based on price comparison from what I remember of the pricing in Austin at COTA and online, but it seemed like most of the official F1 store items were higher priced on site.
As taxes didn't seem to be added to the prices at most of the stands, I'm assuming some of the increase was for local sales taxes.
But I would also be curious to hear from fans who have attended other GPs elsewhere in other countries, if its not common practice to raise the prices at the GP stands simply because of the fact that so many fans feel they "HAVE" to buy something when they are in the GP setting. It would make wise business sense although a bit frustrating to realize you could order the same items online for about 10-20% less (if you get enough for free shipping). But anyone who has attended events knows, its just sort of a natural instinct that you need to buy something when you are at the concert, show, game, race, etc. (I know everything at a Rangers or Stars game seems higher than at one of the local sporting good stores, and I recall it being the same at Cowboys games.)
(What I have noticed is that there were some items at the stands in COTA that I haven't seen online, even listed, but shown as 'out-of-stock.'... I really counted myself lucky on that count in that I got one shirt as a blind buy for a 'difficult to buy for' teenage niece that she absolutely loved, much to my surprise and happiness. When I decided to check for similar items for possible Christmas gifts, I noticed that I couldn't find anything of that style online at any of the shops through the official F1 site or elsewhere.)