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KestrelX
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Feb 10, 2018
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So these "rolling" drops with ship dates 5+months in the future. Really sounds like a product that has an established production process but is "shielded" behind the MD process in order to obtain what basically amounts to an interest free "loan" from consumers. Sadly this looks exactly like what is happening with Kickstarter.
Feb 10, 2018
K-Jay
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Feb 10, 2018
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Well if that "interest free loan" results in massive savings for the consumers, then I don't see what's so bad about it. What's your issue with this? That it doesn't make sense that it takes so long for them to be delivered?
I personally think Massdrop's business strategy is ingenious; they get "interest free loans" as you say from the consumers, the wait for the product releases creates an artificial scarcity so people are more likely to buy the products (win for both Massdrop and the producers of the products), the producers of the products get to clear old parts/sell their products to a larger discount market of people who wouldn't normally buy their products while also retaining their regular sales/prices because many people won't want to wait for the discount items or don't mind paying more for the 'real' product, and the customers end up saving quite a bit of money. It's a win-win-win all around and a pretty nice compromise for those that don't mind waiting to save some money. Would it suck if the wait was mostly artificial? Yeah that'd bug me a bit, but I can see why they'd do it.
Feb 10, 2018
NotABot
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Feb 11, 2018
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What's the US interest rate at the moment- 1.5% or thereabouts? I really don't think that Massdrop is making a killing on interest rates here. KestrelX wrote: So these "rolling" drops with ship dates 5+months in the future. Really sounds like a product that has an established production process but is "shielded" behind the MD process in order to obtain what basically amounts to an interest free "loan" from consumers. Sadly this looks exactly like what is happening with Kickstarter.
Feb 11, 2018
e.xo
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Feb 12, 2018
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One could also explain it as a simple "make to order" system or, if you want to stretch a bit, a "pre-order" system for a physical item. I joined a drop back in July 2017 and my estimated shipping date is March 28th, since then i've seen at least 5 or 6 drops of this headphones, some with the same march 28th shipping date but more with shipping dates later this year which hints to a simple make to order business/production model, companies usually do such things for items with lower sale volume, end-user customizations (for a car for example) or just expensive high end items. Thigns like that are mostly done to cut on storage and insurance cost
Feb 12, 2018
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