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Hi!I am not questioning whether the price is a good value. I just wonder when the asking price of add on's start "choking the horse".BobP :)

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I know I won't. The aircraft itself is like $35. Heck, that's half of the price I paid for FS2k2. ;-)I'm sure it'll be a great aircraft with the Reality XP gauges/GPS and whatever else it comes with, but I still can't warrent paying that much for one FS2k2 aircraft.Ryan-Flightpro08 :-cool VATSIM Pilot/ControllerZLA ARTCC Senior Controller (C-3)ASRC (Advanced Simulated Radar Client) Beta Tester-----------------------------My "Home Made" System Specs:Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz ProcessorTurbo Gamer ATX Mid-Tower with 420W Power SupplyEPoX 4G4A Motherboard with Intel 845G ChipsetVisiontek XTASY GeForce4 128MB Ti4600 (Det 42.01 Drivers)512MB PC2100 DDR RAM40GB Matrox 7200RPM Hard DriveWindows XP Home Edition SP1*No CPU or GPU Overclocking*3dMark2001SE Score: 11298-----------------------------Click Here to Download my American Eagle POSKY CRJ-200!

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I'll second that. There are so many aircraft more reasonably priced. I am sure some will dive in. Andrew

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I intend to buy the D/L version see how things progress and them decide if I go for the POH alone. Almost all doubts were decipated with the manual. Only have some about the Garmin but let's see.Jos

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I'd rather spend that money for an hour in the pattern at my local Flight school.Favorite area to Fly--Alaska!

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IMHO, it's way beyond the reasonable price for 1 GA add-on, no matter how good. I'm sure it'll be excellent - just WAY too much money.DavePS; I'm sure there'll be those who compare it to a night out at the movies or a day on the lake. HOWEVER, there's no comparison. This is an FS add-on - nothing more and nothing less. How much is reasonable for you?PPS; I'm also sure there will be those who are miffed as a result of this thread - SO BE IT.PPPS; There will also be those who'll gladly shell out the asking price of $29.95 (edit) for the d/l version. While I strongly feel they can do whatever they want with their money, I also strongly feel they're part of the problem of ever escalating prices of add-ons. I'll vote with my closed wallet (but then again - that's no surprise to most of you who know me).PPPPS; My mistake on the asking price - Thanks to Jim for pointing it out. The correct d/l price is $29.95. $34.95 is for the CD version. The post has been edited accordingly.

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Ok here we go again...And Dave, I made this clear to you before in another thread on a Flightsim forum which you thanked me for informing you of.I have seen this thread before and gentleman, I would ask you to do your research before posting. The download is $29.95 The CD is $34.95.The POH is just a convienience item and not required. It is just like if you went to Piper or Amazon and ordered a book additionally. Nothing more, nothing less. Thanks for understanding.Regards,Jim Rhoads

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Crap,My mistake (again) Jim - I'll correct my post accordingly and apologize (though I still feel it's too much to ask ;-)). JMO.DavePS; Man, I don't know why I didn't remember the correct price Jim.PS; I feel the need to point out that Jim's always been the true Gentlemen when it comes to this discussion. Gracious and understanding of the debate - though it might not necessarily be his opinion on the subject. For that I thank him yet again.

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Thanks Jim, Though I will admit I tend to get carried away at times (but I'm working on it - part of a New Years Resolution ;-)).Dave

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The download is $29.95 The CD is $34.95.As one who has bought many, many add ons and is lucky enough to beta test the Meridian I believe it is a bargain at this price.1) This aircraft will set new standards in avionics, functionality, and realism for flightsim-period. 2) The number of realistic high level avionics on this aircraft are astounding. I paid more than the Meridian total asking price for several single avionics units add ins for fs by other companies. The Meridian has many (some the same) included in the package.3) You get what you pay for. When it is finally released I think this topic will be a moot point! :-)Have a look (I put a number infront so no violation of images here-copy and past the link minus the number):1http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/m1.jpg2http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/m2.jpghttp://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.jpg

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I can respect Dave for letting his closed wallet do the talking (hey, I often do the same thing myself).I've had alot a trouble making the 421 work on my system since it was released... to the extent that it isn't even on my hard drive at this time. But I plan on buying the Meridian.My reasoning is simple. I want to support the efforts of the honest and hard working (both freeware and payware) folks in our hobby. I support the freeware developers by thanking them for their efforts, and doing all I can to protect their rights against the pirates and thieves. I support the payware developers (especially the outstanding ones like Flight1) by purchasing their products that fit my flying preference.So I plan on trying the airplane, then based upon how much I fly it buy the manuals to further enhance my simming experience.(Oh... having built a new system a couple weeks ago I look forward to trying the 421 again when I have the time.)Hope this discussion stays sane and civil... it would be nice to bring out as many opinions as possible. :-)

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>Not me :) >>With that money I can buy 11 original Music CDs And I can buy 1/21.5 of the prop governor I need to get my plane operational. At approx. $1400, I might as well purchase the Meridian for realistic fun & worthwhile practice in the meantime!L.Adamson

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Geof, Thanks for those links. I've held off on buying a couple of other addons so I'd have the money for the Meridian. For all I've seen and heard this package has a home waiting for it. :-)Best, Rob

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I probably won't buy the $65 package because I'm not that good about reading the manuals as it is. ;-) Still, though, you guys crack me up. I love this "I'm not going to pay it" mentality that springs up right before a big release. It's so transparent because most of us here will pay it, and assuming it is a good addon, we will be happy to do so. My wife and I just paid about $100 tonight for dinner (Applebees) and a movie (About Schmidt) including babysitter and popcorn/soda. It was over in about 3 hours and all I have are a few fond memories of a good movie, indigestion, and a happier wife. High quality aircraft for FS2K2 are not "addons" anymore - they are new sims and worth just as much as buying the sim again (or maybe more). I have shelves of PC games I bought, enjoyed for a few days, then forgot about. Yet, I still use PIC767, the PSS Dash 8, SF260, and the Piper Archer several hours a week. They don't owe me a thing! You guys have to realize, if we want high quality aircraft for FS2K2 the bar has been raised so high that no novice is going to whip one together in a weekend and give it to us for free anymore. How many of you have even looked at what it takes to make a GMax model? It looks pretty much impossible to me! I'm just happy that anyone is willing to make addons for FS2K2 at any price because if you've looked at the walls in EB lately the PC section is just a corner of the store now (in the back) and sims make up a very small fraction of that square footage.David

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High quality aircraft for FS2K2 are not >"addons" anymore - they are new sims and worth just as much >as buying the sim again (or maybe more). That's perfection in getting to the point of it all .................bravo!!!L.Adamson

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$100.00 for a happier wife... sounds like a solid investment. ;)

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I preordered the whole $65 bundle. I think it is very INEXPENSIVE. If you realize it comes with Garmin 530 that other vendors charge $50 for this piece alone - the Meridian price sounds dirt cheap. But I understand if someone already bought 50 other FS add-ons then to buy this #51 may be a hard sell. But I buy very FEW add-ons carefully planning my purchases months in advance. I have no time to fly that much so if I buy something it has to be something VERY SPECIAL. The Meridian does look like something special - my Office of Budget and Management did approve this purchase but declined to fund many other ;-) Imagine this: the realism of planes in FS reach such high level that very few designers are able to reach the minimum standard. Freeware designers almost disappear - no one is able to invest 1 year of his/her free time. Sounds like a nightmare to you ? This is my kind of simulation FS world. *:-*Michael J.

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> My wife and I just paid about $100 tonight for dinner (Applebees) and a movie (About Schmidt) including babysitter and popcorn/soda. It was over in about 3 hours and all I have are a few fond memories of a good movie, indigestion, and a happier wife...As I've mentioned, that's really not a valid comparison. That's what it costs for dinner and a movie. Just like it costs $35.00 for a pair of Levis. It's like comparing apples to rocks - there isn't any.>I love this "I'm not going to pay it" mentality that springs up right before a big release. It's so transparent because most of us here will pay it...Trust me - I won't, and I'm sure many others will be turned off because of the high cost. I have no heartburn with payware, just the fact that it's getting too expensive for the average user to afford. What kind of choice does it leave folks? You might be able to justify one or two payware add-ons by the time FS2004 comes around as the cost is becoming prohibitively expensive. In order for me to get my money's worth, it better be the only thing I fly (for that price). I'd feel real guilty about a month down the road as the novilty of it wears off (as it always does). I've been extremely happy with the select high quality freeware d/l's and the high quality sub $20.00 payware add-ons I've bought. I still enjoy loading them up every now and then and don't feel at all bad about spending $12.00-$20.00 on each. For my money, I'll likely end up sticking with Bill Lyons' "Custom Classics." Great designs at an extremely affordable price!DavePS; For the record, I enjoyed Abacus' Private Pilot and Coroprate Pilot for FS2000. Though the going price at the time was $35.00, you got numerous aircraft per package that made the price well worth it Even though they're very dated for FS2002 standards, they still function and are enjoyable to run (every now and then). With advances in FS, these new "revolutionary" designs with all the bells and whistles will be dated before you know it. Will we need to spend $50.00 for a single high quality add-on for FS2004? What about $100.00 for an add-on for FS2006? When does it get too expensive for you? For me it's the ~$20.00 point.PPS; I have nothing against any of the payware developers out there. In fact, most of them are true artisans and Gentlemen (with exceptions). I wish them the best, but I think it's important for us as CONSUMERS to express what we feel is a fair price in the FS add-on marketplace. None should question the fact that we all have the right to choose what we buy and what we pass on because it's plain ole' too expensive.

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"And I can buy 1/21.5 of the prop governor I need to get my plane operational. At approx. $1400, I might as well purchase the Meridian for realistic fun & worthwhile practice in the meantime!"Yes, yes you can.And I wasn't comparing, I was saying I know a better way to spend MY money.

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I just got the Cessna 421 and love it, own most of the FSD aircraft as well. I will probably get it, looks very impressive so far. I don't even look at it as more expensive than the (GAME???) sim. I have allot of games that I play every now and then, but nothing comes close to keeping my attention as FS. I love how people post links to guys with home cockpits that cost way more than the sim cost, yet you don't hear to much negativity towards that! LOL ( I know I am envious) Just goes to show everyone has their limits and ideas on what works for them.Should be an interesting addon!I agree, $100 for a happy wife, that IS a bargain! LOLRegards, Michael

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