>Why are cleaning swabs so expensive? They must cost a tiny >fraction of the retail price to produce. To cost of Visible >Dust sensor cleaners in the UK is around £30. Crazy money.
I agree wholeheartedly - but:
The actual plastic is a closely inspected highly accurate moulding, the "swab" is a very finely constructed lint free item and the packaging must cost a small fortune. Additionally there is only a small market for the item, so mass production savings are unlikely. Then you must add marketing, transport and overhead costs.
Agreed - they ask silly money for the items, but it is pay up, or go without!