I feel bad for those who must have this item before Christmas. What a huge rip off on ebay, and other online stores are also gouging.
Wonder what the set will sell for after the Holidays. I think that retailers are hoarding stock so they can gouge. I will remeber those who gouged an make it a point not buy from them ever.
I recntly had the opportunity to meet the new president of Lionel at Charles Ro in Malden, MA. He seems to be delighted that all of his stuff is now made in China. He did mention that the company held out for a long time as an American made product line but he admitted that they could not compete in the market place.
By the way, Charles Ro claims they will not partake in price gouging, in fact their price (when they get them in) will probably be below MSRP