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any one know whats up with the FC40 price going up?

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by J.James, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. J.James

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    Been noticeing the price on the fc40 on amazon from every seller has been going up and up and up for the last week or two and every time i look they seem to be about $20 each time. They went form about $449US from most sellers to $469 then $499 the othe other day and NOW over $550-560 ish. I also notice there seems to be less and less original parts for them on amazon to and the ones that can be had seem to of also gone up in price also.

    Wondering if any one knows whats up with that? I'm thinking maybe just Christmas price gouging.
     
  2. PsychopathRC

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    The FC40 has been discontinued. No more are being made I believe. So as stocks dry up, the price is rising and rising.
     
  3. J.James

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    ah haaaa I had seen some one last week or before if they were discontinued But some one pointed out that dji was still selling them . But I just took a peek at there site again and now see they dont have them directly any more and only links to dealers. Then I just poked around ebay and they are pushing close to $600 yet the visions are coming down in price so much its not to much more coin for someone to just get a vision instead. But dam If i had known they were really discontinued I would of snapped one or 2 of the fc40s up when they were $449 shipped just to resell em later.

    Thats sort of bad that they are discontinued being the fC40 was a great price entry level quad and I could see some one that dont have the budget for any higher end ones just going with one of the other brands that are poping up.

    I have a fc40 and a vision and In some ways I like the 40 better then the vision esp for stunt stuff with out having to worry about crashing or losing the vision
     
  4. PsychopathRC

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    There's been rumours of the FC40 being discontinued for a while. I didn't believe at first, when I heard it last month. But having kept and eye on retailers, this is the case. They've all started running out and some have told me they will have no more.

    I think the Visions are going down in price because of the latest version (V3) and because of the Inspire 1. The older ones are not so popular, so I guess retailers want to get rid of them. As it's Christmas, there's lots of deals. There may be January sales too. But after that who knows?

    Might have been a good idea to snap up a few for resale later. Too bad I can't afford such investments, lol.

    I agree with you about it being bad. But I don't think it was DJI's idea. I've heard that the company that made the camera have gone bust. Which is odd because I thought DJI made it. But maybe they enlisted another company and then slapped their name on it? Maybe this isn't true at all. Who knows! It sounds viable to me though.

    I am EXACTLY like you. I have a Vision Plus but due to the fear of crashing, I don't use it much. I'm fine with my FC40 though as it's a lot cheaper and until now, it would be rather easy and cheap to replace a part, should it break.
     
  5. J.James

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    Parts for the FC40 also seem to be going up and getting scarce to. I snatched up a replacement cam yesterday to replace the one I lost in a tree over the summer tho that was $69 and a good deal. But also thinking of stocking up on some props even tho they jumped in price and lots of places not having them in stock any more. and maybe a red and green esc while they can still found also. But even they have gone up to about $28.
     
  6. PsychopathRC

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    I don't think we need to worry too much about many parts, as the Phantom FC40 is a Phantom 1. I believe Phantom 1's are still plentiful so parts should be too. The cameras I would expect to go up. But you can always attach a third party WiFi cam that links to your phone or a monitor ect. That's the beauty of this Phantom. WiFi doesn't bother it, unlike others :)
     
  7. Beario

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    The FC 40 will be rebranded and sold without the camera. Essentially you will have a choice of a phantom in 2.4 or 5.8 ghz. I am not sure why they dropped the camera, but with so many options to upgrade it makes sense. Looks like it has different motors and better battery life. It will be available for pre-order soon, here is the link from B&H -----> http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... oller.html

    The DJI Phantom Quadcopter with 5.8 GHz Radio is a quad-rotor RC helicopter that acts as an aerial platform for a GoPro HERO action camera. This product will appeal to a variety of potential users, from RC aircraft hobbyists seeking the ability to mount a camera so they can record their flights, to videographers and photographers looking to open up a whole new range of shooting possibilities. Unlike the standard version of the Phantom, this version incorporates the same 5.8 GHz radio as used by the FC40. This means you can safely leave your GoPro's 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi turned on in flight.

    The Phantom can achieve a maximum horizontal flight speed of 33 ft/s and can ascend and descend at up to 20 ft/s. It comes with 5.8 GHz Transmitter (radio controller) that features an operational range of up to 2600' line-of-sight. The controller draws power from five readily available AA batteries, available separately.

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  8. Molokai

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    Interesting that they are doing that...though I am very glad that they are. I prefer to purchase $16 batteries rather than $120 ones.
     
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    Hey it's you from RC Groups, Beario! :D Was about to say here, what you said over there, lol. It's good that they are doing this. I hope the price stays low.
     
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    It should be out soon. I buy my quads from B&H so I was surprised when I asked about the replacement for the FC 40 and they told me it was coming out soon, but no camera. Either way, it is good that there is a low end model and they are not all expensive. :D

     
  11. PsychopathRC

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    I agree! It's a great little quad :D