Beware! Wood 280 combs are not as cheap as the 260 combs are. The last ones I bought were $45 plus shipping. You need to take that into account.
You guys are funny in what you determine expensive or affordable when it comes to your axes and taking care of them.
You need to look at it from the dealer/tech's standpoint. We stay poor while sitting on the inventory you may eventually want to purchase.
Actually the cost is $55 (280 wood) and they are sealed and sanded before shipping. I no longer sell them unsealed. They were $55 in 1999, 2000, 2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2011. Better hurry up and get some, they go up to $55 in 2012.
In order for me to make them available I had to make a trek from PA. to Buffalo NY for part of the "lost" inventory then to Toronto Canada 2 years later for the rest at a cost of $5,750. That doesn't include interest on the loan to finance the purchases. The purchases included combs and other vintage parts, Some new, some used and too crappy to sell. Most parts have been the same price 12 years and counting. Labor may go up but parts have stayed pretty much the same unless I have to purchase new from Hohner. Almost forgot the Farrell auction. Another $600 for parts, another summer no vacation with the mrs.
Danny told me what sacrifices he made to get started in business. Big risk indeed. Give's full service before and after the sale. Don't know the interaction you'll get with an Amazon or ebay purchase or service after the sale. Some mfg's allow dealers to ship direct to the customer so no inventory is needed. They just pay a few extra $$ for the service. No overhead, no website. That's probably what you get with an ebay/Amazon sale.
Most of us techs, customizers, dealers, parts makers could sell on ebay or Amazon, but why? Our motivation is old school. Person to person contact. We like you asking questions, we like the fact that you can actually talk to the person making or servicing your product. Neither you or us are a # on a slip of paper. You are a name, a friend and someone you can contact for questions, advice and insight.
That's something you can take to the bank. :-)
btw, Bill, I'm not directing it at you personally, or anyone else. You've been a good customer. I just felt this was a good starting point to jump in.