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Every business has the right to earn profits. The problems begin when the people running the business begin to get greedy.

Why do companies make such a big fuss about Ebay and not of big chain stores like Walmart and Kmart. Are'nt WM and KM brick and mortar equivalents of Ebay. Are'nt these stores selling stuff at wholesale prices and closing down local mom and pop stores.
Where do business ethics go then?

Let me give you an example when I say greed ruins business oppurtunities. Hotwheels itself is the sole importer of their products here in India. They introduced that crappy Enzo at 120$. On the insistence of hobby shops, they got it down to around 70$. I am sure the hobby shop owners know the true value of what they are seeing in Hot Wheels. But they are not bothered because they think that since the customers are paying big money for AUTOart, the fools that they are, they will pay up for HWs too. I still find HWs collecting dust on store shelves. So also premium priced Aas. What do these shops do then. They resort to 20 and 30 % offs if not more. So who is the bigger fool. Would you like to see piling inventory or would you like to see fast selling stock, however reasonably small the margins are.

If you have followed the forum, you will know how popular AUTOart's decision to sell models at a predetermined fixed price is. Sad to say but this price is too high to be reasonable. Some of the prices almost lick Exoto territory. How long do you think AUTOart can sustain this. What do they take collectors to be? Cash cows who win the lottery every two days?

The companies have consultants to do research. Who does the collector go to? Forums such as DX ofcourse. The camaraderie that is formed here ensures that every collector, no matter which corner he is from, gets the best value for his hard earned money. So whats wrong in recommending a cheaper better model to a higher priced half decent one. If you insist that dealers should be protected, why shouldn't the end user be getting a fair deal too?
 

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You cannot go more further than the truth. Were the engineers at burago sniffing grass when they modelled the BMW Z3. Are the experts at Kyosho on dope when they model cars with abnormal looking tyres which are set deep into wheel wells. Don't tell me BMW never supplied kyosho with drawings. Where does expertise go then. And do you think collectors have potatoes instead of eyes. Do you make us out to be hoarders. I am sorry but you are wasting your time as well as ours. You are grossly underestimating collectors. I would say you would be better off researching potato chips sales than those of model cars. I am sure no one will mind a slightly different looking pringle. But we take the accuracies of our model cars very seriously.
 
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