[rescue] Help needed with Sun V65x
andrew at jones.ec
Wed Feb 19 10:55:06 CST 2014
On 02/19/2014 10:56 AM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> Fair enough.
> Just because two manufacturers cut costs to make something 'affordable'
> doesn't really make them comparable.
> Mercedes has a new CLA class car that they view as a low-cost, entry-level
> vehicle at $30K. It wouldn't 't be fair to compare that to a low-cost,
> entry-level Kia at half the price, would it?
> I see your point, do you see mine?
I think you've hit on a great metaphor there.
The European prestige brands face a lot of problems similar to the
old-time UNIX workstation vendors: ugly cost structures, problems
hitting volume numbers, selling products based on prestige instead of
performance or features, etc.
People absolutely will compare a $20k Kia to a $30k Mercedes, and
long-term, that might prove a serious problem for Mercedes.
The difference is more in magnitude than kind: an Ultra 5 was closer to
3x the price of a comparable PC.
p.s. Average new car price in the U.S. is now around $31k. Targeting
$30k for "entry level" luxury seems like a reasonable goal for M-B.
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