$435 + electronics = hurt wallet.
but $310 + electronics = typical 1/8 scale
keeping in mind that team kits are (or at least used to be) better equipped than RTR's.
$540 + hop ups and new electronics = wallet not just hurt. wallet dead.
even if the RTR and team kit were the same exact chassis. change the RTR electronics and put a nice set of electronics in the team kit. you've spent more on the RTR.
if an option doesn't exist it can't sell. and there's no way you're going to convince me the sales numbers on a team kit would be so low it wouldn't be worth it.
my theory is that the manufactures know exactly what they are doing and that's why they axed the team kits. this way they can get you to throw money at an RTR over the long run, probably not even realizing how much you've spent in the process. or they can get you to spend spend spend all up front for a factory team kit.
they intentionally killed the affordable option to force us to spend more.
they don't need to make 50% kit's 50% RTR's and force vendors to stock both of them. 90/10 in favor of RTR's would be fine. vendors can stock 8 RTR's and 2 team kits. they might sell 5 of the RTR's before one team kit gets sold, but mark my words the kits will sell! it is a worthwhile venture
just because it's a bad idea doesn't mean it wont be a good time.
i used to crash a lot. i still do, but i used to, too