@_7682 We do both FTC and VRC. Honestly they both cost about the same for a competitive team. That said we just spent $500 on gearboxes but they won't break either so you could argue they're an investment rather than consumables. This year's FTC game is good, last year not so much.
We used to do both, but the team did not like the games as much with FTC, and our programmer does not like Java. We also are mostly newbs with not much of an educational background so the less challenging aspect of Vex has its attraction. All that said, building the robot is a lot less expensive in FTC and you end up with much better parts.
The AndyMark motors with built in encoders (that actually work well) are about the same price as a vex motor and motor controller yet the AndyMark motor is actually very well made where the Vex motor with the motor controller is basically a continuous rotation servo.
Since there is competition, wheels are better and less expensive. If you want to use Vex stuff, you can but you are not locked in. You can 3D print things and you can even make stuff from wood or metal you get at the local hardware store. A couple of years ago, someone made wheels using a basketball cut in half as the tire.
In Indiana, the cost to compete in a tournament is a little more, but that was offset by how much less is spent on the robot. Depending on what the cost is next year with the new V5, we may have to re-think where we put our efforts. There is a lot to like about Vex and the VRC, but the costs are getting to be hard for inner city groups like ours.