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Originally Posted by goldfishin
(not including the hollow link one) they seem to get heavier (by 1-2g) and shinier as you go up the line. is there any other reason for them costing more as you go up the line?
You're correct, the biggest difference is the finish. For example, PC951 has all black links, PC971 has half black and half silver links, PC 991 has all silver links. I assume the silver coating adds the extra weight. Ironically, if you're a gram counter, the cheaper the chain the lighter.
Other than the finish, I believe there is no difference.
The other factor for cost is marketing, IMHO. I doubt it cost more than a dollar to go from manufacturing all black to all silver links, but the retail price difference is ~$12. If the retail cost was its true manufacturing cost, everyone would pay the extra $1 to get top of the line. However, by charging $12 more, the "perception" is you're getting a better chain.