So, what would be the next cheapest option? Probably over $100 for shipping and a sew job?
I imagine you could have found a shop in the USA that would ship it for under $5.
But if it ships from Canada I am sure that adds cost.
Depending on your proximity - or lack thereof - to a shop (but in most cases not very close by) the time and gas alone to drive to a shop to get a $25 item does not make sense if it can be sent for $5-$10...even $15. But shipping is not the fault of/or under the control of Kitefix (or Shop X) Would not your gripe be with the shipper? I imagine if Kitefix could sell 100,000 tubes each day the cost of the stuff would go way down. But just like everything there is economy of scale, marketing and overhead, etc. for any product.
If I went back 10 years and if I could have fixed all my kite tears with Kitefix I probably would have spent under $200 (not including bladder costs)
What's "expensive"? How much does a can of tennis balls, or golf balls cost these days?...not to mention court fees/greens fees/country club fees and spending quotas...or how about even good running shoes? Most serious runners wear out a pair of $100+ shoes every 3-4 months.
Or how about racing cars on an amateur level? A day at the track: $1,000 to $10,000+++ (tires, brakes, clutch, fuel/oil, track fees, lodging, car transport). One tire is more than $200!
Fishing?...boat, fuel/oil, transport, launch fees, permits, licenses, lures, rods, reels....at the end of the day $1000 per fish?
Or...horseback riding, skiing, sailing, etc, etc..
kitesurfing and surfing...still arguably two of the cheapest things you can do - plus very environmentally friendly by comparison.
I suppose we could all stay at home and save our money....
It's all relative.... I guess
don't worry be happy go kiting