Hills? around Cov? @Gorby I'll grant you you've got a few Mole hills.........but Hills? Think that you may be safer at Warwick Castle!
Joking apart, the reason that Airfix don't / won't address the Q.C. problem is down to us, the customer! Why do you think, in the UK, that shops like Poundland, B&M and others of like ilk are rising like a homesick Angel? That the high street is in meltdown / closedown? that old, 1880 - 1890 founded companies are closing down thick and fast in the UK? Simple, WE are the cause. If you want to provoke an outpouring of vitriol, tell the GBP that ABC or XYZ is going up in price by twopence, three farthing........ Gone are the days of a 'fair days work for a fair days pay' and Heaven forefend taking a pride in the work that's done, yes, I'm THAT old! But we expect someone, with NO interest in what's coming off the machines to identify, bring the problem to the attention of the management and then rectify the problem? Best of British!
Granted everybody likes a bargain, that's a given. However, the Great British Public (GBP) are now of a mind set that anybody that's in retail can always give a 70% discount and then for them being a bit cheeky give you a further 35%*, 'cos as your selling the product you get it for peanut prices so can afford to discount..................... Well, here's the news people, NOT A CHANCE! For such as the big H they buy direct from Hornby, discount over RRP** is between 60 & 70%, bearing in mind the minimum order used to be £5000.00 (five thousand pounds) to set up an account. For a sole trader who can only dream of that sort of free cash they will more than likely be buying from a wholesaler, where the discount over RRP is more like 15%, so you can see that a couple of quid off the price may well mean the retailer makes not a bean, if not a loss, BUT, the GBP aren't interested, they want, no sorry, demand discounts. This in turn, along with business rates if their lucky enough to have a real, bricks and mortar, shop plus heating, lighting, water, wages, vehicle, running costs of same, time taken, hire at price per table, hotel / guest house expenses, time away from family means they have to factor in these and many other variables, THAT'S why many are lothed to even talk discounts. 'Bucking the trend', there is one UK 'trader' (term used VERY loosely) who always promises a minimum 30% discount, yeah, RIGHT! Check out the price over two or three other retailers, the prices displayed are 'loaded' beforehand. The ONLY retail sector that makes money is prepared food, here the mark up is minimum 600%, or their doing it WRONG.
While I go along with some of what's been said, worth, from time to time, to look at the other side of the coin.
To long in retail and FAR too long in sales!
*Yes, I know 70 and 35 = 105! used as an example
** RRP - Recommended Retail Price