- Dec 12, 2008
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I think most companies with a huge market hold or even a monopoly have very little risk of losing many customers...
Look at walmart, I'm not sure youve investigated their business model, but it works like many companies today. They are still doing quite well despite countless abuses on empoyees and customers. If or when they fall, the people responsible for the ethics of the company won't pay the price - they'll walk away with millions and let the share holders clean up the mess.
Personally I just think you're pissing into the wind...but I guess many would label me a nihilistic, jaded, ignorant moron...
Epiphone isn't Wal Mart though......and if they considers themselves as such, they will cease to function. Epiphone has gone under once before....
My belief...if I was pissing into the wind (as stated), I doubt this thread would still be read weeks after I wrote it. Furthermore, any time someone mentions something towards gaining addititional revenue towards the market, writing it off (the potential to make more money) is asinine IMHO.
I do not think you are a jaded moron at all...quite the opposite. (I've read your posts... ) But if I think Epi should put out a better product, and I have an idea of what I'd like to see, sure I'll mention it.
One would think at this point Gibson would make pains to ensure that every single "pure" aftermarket part has as many potential customers as possible, and this would certainly include the Epiphone clones which cannot currently utilize many of the components. If something is mentioned to make life easier for the customer, it should be considered...after all, they're paying the bills, and they're buying the guitars, aren't they?
Epiphone really needs to address the aftermarket parts and modders. I have heard countless times that this is a relatively small percentage, but I have serious doubts about this as far the product is concerned. It would appear that many who are of an intermediate level in terms of playing or interest inevitably end up modifying these guitars in some way, shape, or form. If Epiphone and Gibson do not make attempts to corner as much of the market after the guitar is sold, and they lose revenue, they have no one but themselves to blame.
Furthermore, if they make decisions which result in a loss of market, they have no one but themselves to blame. Back to the Wal Mart comparison...many might believe that Epiphone did have a pretty good hold of the inexpensive archtops....I suspect they will not occupy this slot for much longer with so many competitors (including Fender with their acquisition of Gretsch guitars) breathing down their throats.
Eh, who knows. No one holds the lion's share or the hot seat indefinitely. Perhaps it would be for the best if Epiphone and Gibson began to turn a tin ear to their own customers....I'm certain a loss of revenue would arguably end this second run for Epiphone, put Gibson on the backburner in exchange for unabashed asian shredder guitars, and of course give Fender the lion's share of everything in between.
No, Epiphone is not Wal Mart....