It seems you may be applying a more liberal meaning to "specified" than I would.
So I don't want to be accused of putting words in your mouth.....but would your last sentence benefit from a little being added to it (in blue):james wrote: ↑Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:03 pmSaid anyone that had seen slingshot bring sold in season at stupid discounts ruining what was once a strong brand
You only have to look at the number of shops that now don’t sell it in the UK to see it’s being run into the ground.
"You only have to look at the number of shops that now don’t sell it in the UK to see it’s being run into the ground in the UK." Think so?
The growth and subsequent demise of Core was very much apparent in the states too, and it occurred at the same time as Graemey's run up with Core. I am not saying that it was just the market (timing) and Graemey was in the right place at the right time, but that case could be made. And Core had a pretty good run worldwide, but too many posers bought Core kites thinking that having "the most expensive" brand would make them better. And when you have a large percentage of a certain "fashion mentality" latching onto a single brand, that brand can be set up for a decline. I have seen this in skateboarding and some other sports on the fringes of what everyone else does. Even SlingShot was susceptible to this back when all of the non-pro, but pro capable freestyle/wakestyle riders were using SlingShot gear. But SlingShot was either smart, or lucky, in persuing the entire market. If SlingShot had focused on keeping prices high, and trying to sell an elite image, they would easily have less market share worldwide right now. Though, if the average Euro-mentality is truly centered on "high priced = fashionable", then a more Core like marketing stategy could have done well in European markets.james wrote: ↑Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:10 pmAnd no the core comparison doesn’t work here either, prior to Graeme getting the brand it had very small coverage, dedicated but not really a retail brand, you might dislike him but GRF has seen the growth of Core in the Uk, by dealing with a few established stores, growing schools and not supplying winging little kids with a website working from their bedrooms or the biggest discount store in the UK
But whether you have a "pay more = be happier" mentality, or you just don't care about what name is on the side of the kite above you, there is some COREporation out there ready to take your money.