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From: email@example.com (Gibbo)
Date: 01 Nov 2002 12:23:36 GMT
Organization: AOL, http://www.aol.co.uk
Subject: Re: Bullshit wins v. science
Rex firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>On Thu, 31 Oct 2002 08:40:19 +0000, Paul Burke
>>Dave Fenner wrote:
>>> On a rare visit to local electronics retailer (Comet) I could find
>>> only gold plated RCA plugs @ at £25 $38 for 4, 'digital' aerial
>>> co-ax, 'special' TV to audio leads @ £54 $80 each, and no ordinary
>>> beefy cable for speakers only the 'oxygen free' at really silly
>>> Dave Fenner
>>They've got a living to make. No doubt they will offer you extended
>>warranty, at only half the purchase price, on them too.
>>No one ever made a fortune by overestimating the intelligence of the
>I think the ugly point the OP was making is that it is hard to find
>a simple cable that just works at most local retail stores now. I
>went to RS the other day to buy a cable because I couldn't find any
>of the several S-video cables I know I have somewhere. After seeing
>the price of the cables they had in stock, I came back home to do
>I don't care about what others are willing to buy, but it ticks me
>off when I can no longer find the reasonable stuff they used to
I guess it looks like the retailer "cashing in". In actual fact it's just
I clearly remember the situation at my old shops with hi-fi and video leads.
there are so many different types available that we had to stock literally
about 500 different types of leads. Someone has to finance the several thousand
pounds invested by the retailer in this stock. That can only be the customer.
The only way it's feasable to stock all those leads is to make a huge margin on
them. There's no way round it.
700 to 1000% markup is not uncommon to a retailer on hi-fi leads.
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