I dont think the lack of new product is affecting MRR as much as the economy is. There has been some great looking stuff that came out in 2011. I have seen people who just a few years back who had the "full speed ahead...damn the torpedos !" attitude...that are now adrift in an uncertain economy for one reason or the other. Those who retire with a nice pension...can afford what they want. I dont begrudge them a thing. Those who have lost jobs or are forced on a work slowdown...and therefore must tighten the belt...it's a matter of 'priorities. Those who live on disablity and/or fixed income do the best we can. I myself appreciate those who give, sell, donate any of their outdated, broken, never used stuff to those of us 'dumpster diving' for anything MRR related. In the last couple years..the manufactures decided to go with the flow of "give us more detail...we dont care what it cost." Now they are finding out the disposable $$$$$ some had isnt there anymore and the manufactures cant sell their stuff at outrageous prices. I have recently seen awesomely detailed looking locomotive shrink back to the 60- 80 dollar range. But if the modeler still cant afford it...it will sit on someones shelf a longer period of time. I have no solid facts to back any of this up...just what I deduct from postings here and other forums. I trust my fellow modelers opinions and postings more then I ever would a politician who p*sses down my leg and swears its only raining !!! This is still just a HOBBY. I enjoy it daily. Yes...I covet some of the new things some guys buy...who doesnt !! BUT...I will still paddle upstream against a growing flood of concern for our U.S. economy and the nation as a whole. If it all blows up in our faces...I'll just go out and fire up the generator so I can still run my trains...and relax !!!