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In Reply to: RE: harbeth took the opportunity to raise their prices posted by Ed Sawyer on April 10, 2017 at 11:17:52
Alan Shaw states, 'progressive cost increases...' and you buy it hook, line and sinker? Usually the manufacturer purchases materials with a fixed cost for a period over a 12 month period. He has long term contracts with suppliers which will eventually increase his prices due to a host of reasons. But those are negotiated. I suggest you negotiate with Alan Shaw for better pricing.
Sorry, but I have to know: How did you conclude that Sawyer bought the spin hook, line, and sinker when it's very clear that he didn't buy into anything? I'm just trying to understand why Internet communication is breaking down so profoundly.
Mr Lee, please read my response to Mr. Sawyer. I choose to write with a critical eye. Neither antagonistic nor churlish. The word 'pretend' used by Mr Sawyer invited a response. Also, he failed to address the importers part in the price increases. Taken as a whole, I don't believe I have taken the internet to another 'angry' level. A discussion took place, that's it.
I don't buy his spin, just pointing it out. Frankly, knowing how harbeth seems to live hand-to-mouth and refuses to stock anything (made-to-order only), it wouldn't surprise me if they were caught short without hedged supplier contracts with fixed costs. Mostly they do assembly there, not real manufacturing, so they are at the mercy of vendors, but indeed their distributors need to squeeze them to hold the line on pricing, I agree. They are really a shoestring operation, I think maybe 4-6 people work there, if that, everything else is contracted out including cabinets and whatnot. A more serious 'manufacturer' would of course do things better, on a more industrial scale, and automate, hedge currency and supplier contracts and all sorts of other things but harbeth is not at that level.
Thanks for the information about Harbeth's manufacturing. Did not realize it was so small....well now we know why they are at the mercy of outside forces. I auditioned their line, but went with ATC Monitors.
I do stand corrected about their ability to hedge their manufacturing costs.
Brexit may do them in....taxes and duties could crush their small operation.
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