WikiReader: OpenMoko's "Project B"
Posted Oct 14, 2009 14:08 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: WikiReader: OpenMoko's "Project B"
Parent article: WikiReader: OpenMoko's "Project B"
Come on. This is a new gadget. It doesn't take the collective IQ of a wet
biscuit to realise that the price of a new gadget doesn't actually depend
solely on what it costs to make and distribute. Many new
gadgets are surprisingly cheap to make in large quantities but still carry
hefty price tags, not just for the gadget itself but for the lifestyle
aura that comes with it.
Therefore, what you do when you are selling new gadgets is to put them out
at an artificially
high price first, to skim off all the people who must have
everything that's new, at once, and are happy to part with $$$ for it.
Then later on (when all the must-have-it-because-it's-new guys have it
already) you drop the price somewhat so the folks who find the thing
mildly interesting but are not ready to pay an arm and a leg convince
themselves it would be nice to have after all. And so on. Finally after a
thing ends up as a near-freebie at grocery store checkout points.
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