Agreed.Hopweaver wrote: ↑Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:17 amWaiting until the last minute to 'Reveal' an expensive consumer product is a poor marketing strategy. Let's face it, none of us on this forum actually NEED another pocket knife. But most of us do need to save up our discretionary money in order to purchase another one.
I think Spyderco should change to a 90 day policy on release notifications. That sounds like a fair compromise. It is better than the old process that drove millenials crazy when it took over a year (or more) to see a model after it appeared in the catalog. And 90 days should be plenty of time to allow for consumer marketing and also give a person enough time to save up enough $$$ for that next Millie!
The way they are doing business reminds me of a story of taking bad advice from an expert. The story goes like this.
Years ago there was a man who sold Hot Dogs with a cart in the city of New York. Every day he loaded his cart full of Hot Dogs knowing if he does not have them he can not sell them.
He chose good quality though they cost a little more he offered the basic condiments and kept the menus simple to make a buying choice easy.
He raised a family and sent his son to a business college. The son upon graduation came home and corrected dear old uneducated dad to the ways of business telling him not to stock so many hot dogs on his cart each day leave them in a warehouse and only order them when needed based on spreadsheet calculations of sales.
But a lesser quality hot dog and use a cheaper bun statistics show no one notices the differences anyhow.
The father followed his wise advice because his educated son must know better.
Within the year he had to close his cart. When asked why he said sales just aren’t what they used to be.