5229Re: Dummy news
- Jul 3, 2008I agree with all of that (both Mark's comments and Morgan's), but I
still think the person upthread has a very valid point (sorry I forgot
your name, person upthread): it *is* a bit hinky to charge a person
more for a bike they've already put a down payment on.
I understand it's not Surly's fault that inflation is happening. But
it's not the customer's fault that Surly didn't buy enough product to
meet demand. The customer's already having to "pay" a premium by
having to wait for Surly to get more product to market.
All that said, the customer's beef is really with the dealer, not
Surly. It's the dealer who said, in effect, "Okay, I'll take some of
your money now in exchange for this bike at this price, when we get
some more in." Surly, so far as I know, never offered any such down
payment program. It's the dealer who engaged in such a deal who
should eat the extra $200.
If promises were made (implicitly or explicitly), they should be kept.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@...> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 10:36 PM, Morgan <mcgurme@...> wrote:
> > Prices are going up across the board, for everything.
> Yeah, what she said! Fuel prices alone are driving a bit of this.
> pays $4.50 a gallon for Diesel and we have to tack a fuel surcharge
> our regular fees. Guess who pays this? Whoever is buying the carpet I
> carry. And anything you own, got there by truck. It USED to cost about
> $500 to fill my fuel tanks for a week, now it is closer to $1000.
> burn about 200 gallons a week) and this means that everything from
> corn flakes costs more to put on shelves. Call it what you want,
> are rising for everything. I remember (being an old fart) when you
> buy a really decent bicycle for about $200. a Schwinn Paramount
> about $700 and that was unholy expensive! Now it is not uncommon to see
> $4000 bikes. My first new motorcycle cost less than that! So did
> (and only) new car!
> Not that the BD at one large is a "good" thing. But I would rather
> bit more to keep people like surly in business honestly.
> Plus going into the whole fuel and transportation thing, Ships burn
> also. Bikes come from china on big ships, so that cost is
> for workers in China are going up now. Skilled workers can pretty
> the price because EVERYONE wants skilled workers there.
> I don't want to go into a whole economics thing here, but that is what
> happens when you start exporting jobs...at first it works out well, but
> pretty soon, your exported jobs are costing more and you don't have
> at home to buy your goods because your "good jobs' are across the
> you are stuck with the transportation costs to boot!
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