What drives costs up?

There are many factors that drive cost up, and they mainly come down to the quality of materials, fixings and the finishes used.

By purchasing premium quality products you’re investing upfront in a long-term solution that will save you both time and money in the long term and avoid having to replace it before it’s end of life use is up, due to inferior materials and manufacturing processes.

Quality products can also save on time-consuming maintenance regimes which is all too often over looked at the time of purchase.

Some products and finishes do require regular ongoing maintenance, such as on natural timber which can be a hidden cost.

Public BBQ’s have long been a great community benefit but choosing the right BBQ is not always straight forward. There are many factors in selecting your BBQ and pricing is not the least, but it pays to make sure you are getting best value.

BBQ’s are an asset when they are working well but can be a logistical nightmare when they are not. When purchasing your public BBQ asset’s, the right option may not be the cheapest for the upfront cost, but long term will save you in repairs and downtime.

Not all BBQ’s are made equal and pricing can vary depending on the technology, control boxes and design to ensure a great end user cooking experience yet being low maintenance and knowing that parts are readily available and easy to replace if required. In high usage areas where the electric components are being turned on continually throughout the day and sometimes into the night, it is important to know what BBQ’s have heavy use and what do not.

While adding Smart technology to your BBQ may increase your purchase price it can assist in showing which lower used BBQ’s could be moved to support the high usage areas and allow remote access and control across your BBQ network reducing travel and call out time.

Ensuring products are designed and engineered to meet certain regulations and codes can increase the cost of a product such as cyclone ratings for structural strength. This can mean that extra materials are required to increase strength and stability of the product.

One off Customization can significantly drive-up cost. This is because the bespoke design must be designed up, prototypes made and tested and then the product would require special manufacturing in low volumes, and in many cases has a longer and more complex delivery and installation time.

What drives costs down?

Quality products can save money on time-consuming maintenance programs, such as products constructed from marine-grade aluminum or Stainless Steel that will not require the same maintenance as a lower-grade aluminum or galvanized steel. In the case of galvanized steel, it may be a cheaper option but is not as resistant to corrosion as aluminum or stainless steel. This can be an issue where park furniture is in coastal regions or fully exposed to the elements.

To keep costs down, many suppliers purchase their standard materials in bulk. This allows efficiencies in manufacturing that can be pasted on to the purchaser and speeds up the delivery process.

Poor quality in the design is a factor here. Regarding park infrastructure, it could be open backed extrusions or using a thinner or lighter extrusion. This in turn could compromises the product integrity and in the case of some shelters can lower the cyclone rating requirements.

Sometimes an undisclosed cost saving can be the way your product has been designed to be easily assembled. You can save both time and money in installation if you select the right product that is designed with a focus to be easy to construct with well documented assembly details and reduced number of steps in the process.

Why are some companies so expensive?

Sometimes doing the right thing by the customer can cost more. To produce products with the highest quality materials, and premium finishes can make the product more expensive.

A complete customisation to meet the customers desired requirement can significantly raise the average costs and reduce the efficiencies of the business.

Offering products that comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) do come at the cost of the business as they work with qualified consultants to provide all-abilities access. This also applies when engaging other consultants for cyclone rated shelters that require engineering or getting a Water Mark on your drinking fountains.

Other factors that can drive up the average price of a business is their investment in people. Having the right team of in-house design, sales consultants, operations, and customer care personal is an expense for the company. But this expense can greatly benefit long term customers and give peace of mind that they will receive the same premium customer experience every time.

Why are some companies so cheap?

Some companies are just after the quick buck and may cut cost by cutting corners. It is important that you are not comparing apples with oranges and even if something looks similar you dig beneath the surface to see what you are really getting.

The manufacturing process could be a lot faster if you are not focused on the quality and consistency of your product. This in turn could lead to a cheaper price offering, but normally leads to be needing to replace or repair your product sooner.

If importing mass produced stock from some countries overseas this can significantly lower the product cost but can be at the expense of a consistent quality and import reliability.

The other leading cause to lower average prices is offering a shorter warranty on products. This can be due to either the product not meeting a high standard or that the company does not want to risk being held liable if the product starts to deteriorate well-before their end of life.

Our prices

GX Outdoors is in the mid-to-high end offering in the park infrastructure market. Our prices reflect the premium service and quality of the business in which we have invested to bring you the very best for your projects.

We are 100% Australian made. We support various Australian communities by keeping our manufacturing local. This means we can guarantee our customers that our products are being made to the highest standard and ensure a shallow reach supply chain and best sustainable practices.

We are also committed to using only premium grade materials, including marine-grade aluminium frames and extrusions, 316 food-grade stainless steel on our BBQ hotplates, anti-theft stainless steel fixings (where necessary), Colorbond roof sheeting, and Dulux powder coated and TimberImage finishes. We work hard to minimise maintenance requirements for our customers and use products that thrive in the Australian environment and can be recycled or repurposed at their end of life in the park.

GX Outdoors also has a range of DDA certified products and continues to design more in this sector to help build parks that are all-abilities accessible. All our shelters are cyclone rated so they can be installed in coastal areas all over Australia that face gale force winds.

We are not a custom build company and instead lean towards modular products that can be provided at great value and provide our customers with the flexibility to add their own touch through different colours and finished to suit their projects need. Our ongoing passion is in continuing to design and deliver innovative new products in collaboration with industry experts for healthy urban nature spaces.

We want to make your day and our products are backed up by our 100% Satisfaction promise. This promise means that if we fail to make your day, call us within 20 years and we will make it right.