Eli Chaps wrote:Oh, I don't run my own business. I work for a major corporation. I can't even imagine trying to run a smallish business on the global market these days.
Sorry if I gave the impression I owned a business. I agree 10000% with you though.
My bad, I read this wrong
But your point still stands, and I pretty much agree with everything you said in this thread so far.
wsdavies wrote:Did you read any of the other posts in the thread about how Walmart/Amazon gain leverage by controlling a higher percentage of a manufacturer's sales and use that to force lower and lower pricing from the manufacturer and then the manufacturer is forced to compromise quality and outsource offshore and the more that cycle occurs the less and less value the brand is perceived to be...which in turns makes customers willing to spend less and less...which then cycles back to Amazon/Walmart forcing the manufacturer to cut prices more...It's a downward death spiral that leads no where quick. The antidote to this is a broad and robust dealer network which gives leverage back to the manufacturer to maintain quality and innovation. The thing is, dealers like ourselves need to make a minimum amount of $$ to exist and sell any particular brand. It's not a lot, let me tell you. So, if you want Spyderco to keep doing what makes them interesting and all of us love them, then buy through any of the knife dealer network...you know knife sellers. When you do, believe it or not it helps Spyderco in the long run. My 2 cents.
Not to come off as too much of a defeatist, but I wouldn't hold my breath. I'm always surprised to see how many users here have next to no qualms buying from Amazon in the Crazy Deals thread, and that's looking at the tiny, most loyal fraction of Spyderco's customer base. You can imagine how that goes looking at the bigger picture.
When money is involved, and I'm paraphrasing Sagan here, reptilian instincts tend to prevail. It takes a great deal of dedication & foresight to accept paying more, knowing that you may not be doing the best thing for your personal bottom line right now, but that you are doing the right thing for the long term, collective good.