I buy my shuttles from Yumo. Typically RSL Classics and HangYu Tournament #1. Will probably get a box of 50 tubes of RSL Classics once I save enough money. My friend doesn't like the HangYu (complains that it slows down after a few hits). I think it's $1050 + tax for a box of 50 RSL Classics.
I've bought Chao Pai Red shuttles from some shop (Dunrite Sports?) in Richmond. Comparable pricing with RSL Classics. Pretty good shuttles.
I can't be certain cuz I didn't jot down the prices of the HangYu #1. I usually just buy a few tubes at a time. I think one tube (dozen shuttles) was going for $21. For 50 tubes it works out to be $19/tube or something like that. I've heard rumors that people were getting it for even less.
At 19 bucks a tube, unless he has bulk prices for buying large quantities of 50-tube boxes, he isnt making much per box. Buddy went to hk and scoured the city for shuttles, the best price per box of rsl classic with shipping and duties came to about 17 per tube.
Which would you all recommend? HangYu Tournament #1 or HangYu Tournament #2? Difference of $4 per tube. $19, and $16, respectively.
I think that would be your personal preference. I never tried #2 so I can't provide a good comparision.
But I have tried Yonex AS20, AS30, AS40 and AS50 shuttles. Yonex AS30 is the lowest grade of a shuttle that I would want to play with. So I try to find other shuttles that are comparable to the AS30 or higher.
Like everyone else...I also keep a tube of old used birds to practice with.