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I am working on a group buy for Active Autowerke superchargers on Bimmer forums. Is it bad that we sell them at a lower price than other people sell them at. I'm wondering because someone doesn't think its fair that we are selling at the price we are. Does this make since to anyone?

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Leif

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I think anyone in business who complains when somebody else fairly (ie, goods are not stolen, grey market, etc.) undercuts them is a whiner. Either they offer some additional service or benefit to justify their higher price, or they are just gouging.

A group-buy may actually get more people to pull the trigger and by arranging it you have done a better job of inspiring folks to buy than the other seller, who passively sits back and waits for orders to roll in.

I have heard a similar style of BS grumbling from "pro" repair shops when the subject of club DIY repair sessions comes up. Apparently, we are taking away their bread and butter by showing folks how to change their oil and do tune-ups and brake pads. They act as if they have some sort of moral right to charge for their over-priced, indifferent services. Screw 'em, I say.

Don't sweat it. You don't owe anybody else a living.

regards,

Zenon

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Repairing a car maybe where I draw the line.

If I take care, I can safely drive and, save money.

Man's got to know his limitations.

I guess its dependant on money factors too.

Ever develop property in California?

you can blow a lot of cash quick learning how.

I am still looking for that do it your self back

surgery site. I will let you know what I find out.

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... on the customer service aspect that each vendor includes in their price (ie installation tips, refund policy, warranty, etc.). If the vendors complaining don't offer anything more than you do, they've got nothing to justify the higher price. If you offer a lower price but can't do refunds/exchanges/advice etc. than your customers will get what they're paying for and will have to decide whether they need the "little extras" or not. If you offer a lower price AND DO offer refunds/exchanges/advice, you're an awesome vendor!

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Non-vendors should keep their mouth shut. Vendors should complain to AA. AA may very well find that the dealer coordinating the gb is not worth the hassle and cut them off. If AA is supporting this group-buy directly... they are stupid, IMHO.

That said... there is nothing wrong with you trying to bring out a lower price. There is a lot wrong if the competing dealers are aware of it, find it objectionable, and don't do something about it. MHO of course ;).

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I'm sure some of you all have seen my rants about TEP and I know lot of you have the same problem. We offer the same warrenty that AA offers and give installation tips. We really try and help as much as possible. What pisses me off is the guy that got mad wasn't even a competing Vendor.

Leif

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URL: http://www.zeebuck.com/02bc/index.htm

I never said YOU shouldn't take your car to a shop, or that folks shouldn't use a shop for jobs above their skill level. I was only commenting on the attitude of some so-called "pros" who don't like DIY guys helping others, and whine about it in a holier than thou tone as if we stole the food off their plates. A lot of their associated rap sounds like your message above...

If you really do equate changing your '02's oil with DIY dentistry or real estate speculation, then yes, definitely, take your car to a shop.

regards,

Zenon

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