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"Reasonable" is really a very fuzzy word and everyone has a different idea of what's reasonable.
The truth is, there just isn't much margin to work with in parts these days and if a retailer isn't moving thousands in a particular manufacturer's product, most manufacturer's don't even want to talk to them. I can't really blame them. It makes their business less complicated and ultimately more profitable, which is the name of the game for those guys.
The big on-line retailers have such buying power that they're often selling parts for less than I pay direct from the manufacturer. I'm not going to talk exact numbers, but next time you spend a couple hundred dollars at a local store, look at the tax you payed and ask yourself if that's a reasonable profit for a retailer to take when selling you performance parts. If you're buying parts from a small independant shop/builder, chances are he's not even making that much.
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