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Compared to other free weights, kettlebells seem disproportionately expensive per kg. A quick search turns up only speculation, so an acceptable answer should have a source.

Plausible(?) hypothesis from the internet:

  1. Shipping is expensive
  2. Production happens only overseas (corroborates with 1.)
  3. Low demand -> low supply and higher prices
  4. Different material (are they any different internally than other weights?)
  5. Higher production costs due to shape

Why are kettlebells so expensive?

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I think it's three, but have no good evidence. –  Dave Liepmann Jan 4 '13 at 4:12
    
definitely not 5. –  Geek Jan 4 '13 at 6:10
    
The trendy factor? –  jontyc Jan 4 '13 at 6:38
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This question is highly speculative‚Ķ That you demand a source doesn't change this, as you don't specify what you consider an acceptable source. (imho blog posts and or livestrong articles are not better than speculation and I doubt there have been studies done on this matter) –  Baarn Jan 4 '13 at 8:10
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This question is very borderline to being "off-topic" as per the FAQ, as it only qualifies for the "gear and gadgets" category. However, since this is really a question about the price of a piece of gear, and not a question about the gear itself, I'm closing it as off-topic. –  Nathan Wheeler Jan 4 '13 at 16:53
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closed as off topic by JohnP, Kate, Baarn, Nathan Wheeler Jan 4 '13 at 16:54

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