Tarheelpwr wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:00 pm
Fynnister wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:14 am
sal wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:04 am
Thanx for the kind words. We don't think that raising prices is a good solution to high demand and we seek other ways of tying to please our customers.
THIS is exactly why I am here now. Thank you!
That’s my concern as well. I was told to sign up for email notifications on the dealer sites, but I’ve also heard that is usually too little, too late.
I’ve started to become disenfranchised with the whole sprint run idea. I feel like it’s a carrot dangled that I won’t get unless I’m willing to just pay crazy money.
I wish they just announced the release dates so everyone had a fair chance. But, that caters to the casual customer and hurts their die hard loyal base.
Every decision they make has pros and cons.
But, on the flip side, I understand the business reason behind limiting risk. Spyderco does offer many things we couldn’t get elsewhere. I just wish there was a better way for them to gauge demand.
I agree with allot of what you are saying and there is a solution.
Lets say DLT commits to the minimum for a sprint run which I believe is 1200 pieces. If I am wrong does not matter lets say it is 500 pieces, they commit to do this with Spyderco even as they have to right now. (This can work with exclusives as well.)
Spyderco in return gives them a 1 to 3 month span of time to run their own Kickstarter campaign of sorts allowing them additional manufacturing space and the retailer takes takes orders with a 50% deposit. At the end of this campaign, Spyderco gives a set date the retailer will receive merchandise, first come first serve at the retailer while Spyderco finishes production on the additional units.
This encourages early purchasing, vets buyers who are serious, allows the maximum number of people to get what they want and improves everyone's profits and also gets past the what is hot today is cold tomorrow that long lead times run into trouble with. One thing is certain nobody get stuck with an overage of unsold units beyond the possibility of the initial commitment. Furthermore it slows down the flipper activity but nothing will ever wipe out speculators nor should it.