I’ll admit, I’m fairly new to the yoyo world (1 year experience). I couldn’t hold a candle to the incredible performers at Worlds or any other yoyo competition for that matter. But I’ve been throwing since last October. I’ve practiced tricks and built up my confidence, but mostly, I’ve tried yoyos - lots and lots of yoyos. No matter what the cost, I tried to get my hands on the newest throw that caught my eye. And I’ve come to one (probably unpopular) conclusion: Yoyos today are unjustifiably way too expensive! And this is coming from an adult with a good paying job. I can buy whichever throw I like, but I think I’m done with that.
Two of my favorite throws are the Genesis and the Burnside (both under $100). Mostly because they’re really stable, have great weight distribution, and are nearly the same shape (come and get me for that comment). Then there’s a couple of undersized throws like the Gnarwhal and the Battosai that I just love. But of the 4, only the Gnarwhal is over $100, and sadly, I’m sure that Chris and CLYW will be jacking up the price of the Gnarwhal’s next release. But after a year of trying to find the throw that works for me, I discovered that it doesn’t matter. If I stick to one throw, I get used to its weight and play, and I can do all the same tricks (as mediocre as my skills might be).
So what’s the point of all these $100+ throws? I think you’d sell MORE if they were simply $20-30 less. I started throwing with a Dark Magic II and I still think it’s one of the best throws out there for strong play and it’s not even half as expensive. Obviously this is related to the materials used to construct the throw (plastic vs aluminum), but I’m buying a yoyo, not a piece of artwork. Once it’s spinning, I can’t see the “colorway” anymore. And while I’m doing a trick, I don’t even notice the laser etching, engraving, images, swirlies or whatever other decoration is on its surface. I suppose that makes me appear unappreciative of the hard work that companies put into making their throws, but come on. These toys are slowly moving out of the reach of the true market for them - kids. Over the last year, I’ve spent over 2 grand testing many different yoyos, but I can’t keep up with the costs anymore.
I LOVE TO THROW!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I love the tricks and I love the competitions. But I refuse to spend $100+ on any throw ever again. Maybe I’m not a connoisseur that can sense the difference between a gram of weight here vs. a gram of weight there. But after a year of testing, I’m done. I’ll stick to the four I have and just have fun throwing. But I hope companies out there realize that they’re killing their chances to reach a larger market and increase the popularity of yoyos in general. I think it’s time that the prices were detached from the makers’ egos and set at more reasonable and accessible levels.
Thanks for letting me rant. We now return you to your regular scheduled programming.