Is there generally any cheaper way to get a bunch of gear wheels. I've been to some local companies who specialize in gear production and the price is always somewhere in the range 100-150 USD for a single gear. This is well beyond what I'm willing to pay.
As a side question, why are the prices so high? I understand that the machine has to be set such that it must cut my desired dimensions but $100 is 3 days wage in my area and surely it wont take 3 days to set it up, nor does it consume anything?