So I've only just started playing badminton again after I stopped for 5 years and I live in England. 5 years ago at my club it was extremely rare to find a racquet that wasn't made by Carlton, today everyone is using yonex, head or karakal. I looked at Carlton and amazon to get a rough idea of the pricing of Carlton racquets and I was surprised. It used to be that you could get a good performing and reliable racquet for £40 to £70 whereas today you are looking at £100-£150+ for a racquet that I hear lots of mixed reviews about. Now I know new more expensive materials are being used and inflation may have had caused a fluctuation in the price but what has affected the quality?