Originally Posted by Jon Tallis
No, it hasn't but the general buyer sees hypalon as a superior material and that makes it more desirable and therefore valuable. Whether it actually is any better is irrelevant - opinion trumps fact everytime - that's why companies have marketing departments.
I agree with you and I think said something similar earlier on... ...however there might need to be some important caveats:
- this only applies to (allegedly) knowledgable buyers, depending on the boat it may not be the likely target market.
- there must be a perceived value add to having original manufacturer replacement tubes rather than some random tube builder tubes (again a knowledgable buyer may prefer Henshaws or Tidel tubes but the typical entrant to ribbing is more likely to be happy with Tornado original tubes.
- if cheap tubes are poorly made and hold air noticably worse than machine made PU tubes in a few years time then all bets are off.
- if you pick a weird colour for your tubes the future value will be as much to do with that as the underlying material.