There are so many issues with what you wrote...alexrider wrote: ↑Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:51 amAs if the store didn't know the risk he's taking when demoing. He's never guaranteed the customer ends up buying another brand, or a "cheap" copy. It's the name of the game, and whining doesn't help sales. The surest way to not sell is not to demo at all. Nothing prevents the shop to offer cheap copies as well, so the punter has the choice. Giving the customer the possibility to compare is good for Takuma, if their prices are justified by a corresponding quality.
Seems you never did business, and never bought Chinese home appliances, James.
Not demoing is the surest way not to sell gear, ok
In this example the shop stocked the gear demoed it and not only did they not sell it the guy bought a copy of what they demoed...
Whining doesn't help sales you are correct. But then neither does sitting by and doing nothing and watching people buy direct copies of what you sell.
Nothing stops the shop selling the cheap copy?
Erm yes, the entire time a consumer can purchase direct there is no need to buy the same thing from a store.
Look at the struggle for transition that Best had from direct sell then into retail.... worked out real well for them.
The store needs margin to pay its staff rates etc so there will be a price differential. We are talking about buying a copy product because it's cheap, you will always buy the cheapest option at that end of the market.
Yep worked in retail for over 20 years thanks.
Do I buy Chinese copies of household or personal electronics? No
Have I bought products that are manufactured in China on behalf of a company that based its production there? Of course.
If you can't see the difference then your more stupid than I gave you credit for.