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Soo.. i’m new to mech keys so please forgive my ignorance but why are these sets $160? just so i’m clear, this is $160 for 1 set of caps?
They’re very high quality, double shot caps. This is pretty standard for GMK.
GMK uses the original Cherry factory molds, which some people prefer.
The keys are double shot, so the legends will not wear away, which most people prefer.
The plastic is thick, which causes them to feel more solid/less flimsy than cheaper sets, which some people prefer.
The keyset contains options for many, although not all, common layouts, so there's value in the adaptability.
They are made in smaller batches than cheaper keysets, so the economy of scale works against us, but the aftermarket shows that keysets retain value over time rather well.
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Awesome! Thanks for the explanation. something i’ll definitely look into in the future. Do these sets drop often or this a now or never sort of thing?
These GMK sets are old ones some of which you need to pay 180$ on other websites.
Good to jump in if the colorway you're looking for is cheaper on here in this drop.
You could check future Group buys/ Interest checks on geekhack.
keycap sets do not get reproduced with frequency, but it does happen. FOMO is a thing, though, so if you are uncomfortable navigating the aftermarket scene, you are usually looking at an order of magnitude of years, rather than months, for a set to come back around in the factory queue.
Ok so you just convinced me to pick up a set of the Red Honey! Thanks for your help!
You will quickly see that this is an expensive hobby. Caps from the top current manufacturers are very expensive. You should look at the HuB profile project now available at Kickstarter. They are trying to raise funds for new tooling that will allow for cheaper and faster sets to be produced. They have double-shot ABS full sets for $50 to as low as $25 if you buy multiple.
The completeness of these sets is the biggest differentiator.
Most kits seem inexpensive on the face of it but then you find out that price is just the alphas...
... then you need the modifiers
... and that fancy Caps Lock that only comes with 10 other keys you don't need
... and an alternate space bar that comes in a set of 16 space bars
... and some different arrows
.... and alternate color ESC key
I'm not complaining mind you, just an observation :P
Soooo... what I'm getting from this post is if you are aware of the importance of this drop the 180$ for it (holy shite) is just the price you pay, but for us smaller folks looking in (whose who enjoy keycaps but don't invest our savings into it) this isn't really the drop for us. I mean I'm just content getting the color and profile I want. This could buy me a whole new keyboard for the money.
Basically, yeah. It's like any kind of enthusiast community, in that there are diminishing returns and personal values. For me, I viewed it as a one time investment.
I have three keyboards. A fullsize at work, a 65% that stays at home, and a Planck that travels with me. When I first built the 65%, I knew I wanted a Pulse keyset for it, but that wasn't a set that was on offer, so I got Granite. Shortly after, the next round of Pulse happened, so I was able to buy it, and then I sold the Granite to fully recoup the cost of the Pulse. My keyboard always looked and felt good, and I was only out the initial investment.
My work computer had a combination of stock and Vortex shine through caps. When Carbon dropped, I could not for the life of me sell the Vortex's. They feel good, but they're easy to get, so there's little to no recouping the cost. It's sunk.
The Planck is currently dressed in Unicorn Vomit (caps pulled from a Signature Plastics grab bag). I still have the rest of the grab bag and I can guarantee there's at least one good Planck set in there, so there's novelty. I'll be able to sell at least at the value I put into it plus shipping when Laser arrives. So, Laser is partially paid for by keycap futures, an investment I made over a year ago.