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I hope Rangernewell wasn't kidding himself on the flywheel bolt. I had a flywheel bolt head break off on a 150 hp outboard several years ago. The motor was all original and only about 7 years old. Of course, the bolt head went into the magneto and chewed things up. That trip ended with SeaTow and a repair bill that came close to $2 grand. My dealer had never seen this kind of failure--as if that is any consolation! Nonetheless, it was a reminder that all bolts are not created equal--even if they have the same markings.
I don't know if Rangernewell matched the OEM bolt spec for $1.50, and it does seems like the $56 bolt was overpriced (unless they were removing the old one), but my guess is that this is and apples and oranges comparison. If the $1.50 bolt came from China, I wouldn't touch it.
Last year I had the starter motor on my sailboat diesel replaced and it was about $600 installed--including $200 for labor. I normally do my own work, but the mechanics earned their money on this one. So the motor was about $350. It seems like a lot of money, but we're talking about a low volume item, which was a step up from the comparably-priced original Hitachi OEM unit and assembled to order in the USA, so it didn't seem unreasonable. I don't know what you'd get for $60, but I can't believe it is equivalent. You might call $649. a rip off but unless you know you got an equivalent piece of hardware, you might be kidding yourself.
Going back to the original post about the pins and sockets, it doesn't seem unreasonable to pay $30 for specialty items in consideration of WM's costs to acquire hardware (probably from the UK), stock it, and spend customer service time explaining things to people who don't buy from them. It's folks like Algee who drive up the costs for people who actually buy qualified replacement parts from authorized sources.