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Why is plastic so cheap?

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Plastic is actually quite expensive, but products made from it are cheap. That's because when you make something out of metal or wood, the material has to be cut, shaped, drilled, welded, riveted, screwed, sanded, painted, etc.
Make the same thing out of plastic, a machine shoots the plastic into a mold and the finished piece pops out.
All the expensive labor and processing costs of fabricating things with wood and metal are reduced to a fraction when working with plastic.

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Probably because we seem to have an over-abundance of it.

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Ha. It's really not if you price it. Some is because it can be recycled but a lot of it keeps getting more and more expensive because it is based on petroleum prices.

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