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Old 09-30-2010, 11:41 AM
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Default Re: Make it hard for their customers, the customers will avoid the stores.

Originally Posted by evolving_machine View Post
The purpose of the show-case stores is to provide a way for the manufactures to show off their products.
So, how many "show case stores" do you want. One in Los Angeles ... one in New York? One in "every" large US city? There is no way these stores would ever pay for themselves. With 12 + NAMM shows under my belt, I can tell you that manufactures are "downsizing", and have been, year after year. The "glory" days of 1994 are ... gone ... 16 years gone.
Originally Posted by evolving_machine View Post
However, they all get together to show their wares in trade shows, and this would not be much different from that except they would be open all year. These are just details.
Yeah, you have a lot of very "expensive" details, you need to hammer out.
Originally Posted by evolving_machine View Post
To the manufacturer the show-case store would be very good advertising. The show-case stores could have discount coupons that are distributed at the show-case stores when the customer purchases online. This would then show how well the show-case stores are effective in showing off the products.
A manufacture doesn't need to count coupons, to know how many high-end kits they sold. They have bookkeepers/accountants that tell them "how much profit they're making, or not.
For that matter, why would Yamaha, Pearl, and Tama even "want" to throw money away, in the US. The new markets, India ... and China ... that's where Japan ... and a lot of US manufactures, are turning their attention to. It's probably gonna take the US 10 years, to dig itself out of the hole it's in.
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