Were they new from last year? I don't think anything is much more expensive then my 2011 Nativity Scene that takes $150 worth of replacement lights that I'm stuck with. 550 fun lights to replace. I have 12 warranty,8 non-warraty, and four useless HBL warranty LL's I'm re-stringing right now. I use a paint brush and some soapy water to help the clips slide on more easily. I'd hate to be the person in China that has to assemble a semi load of Links just to make a buck (Yen).