the bigger glass shops are empty or super slow.
4 big ones have closed now this year.
lost is getting more and more boards from Vietnam.
Sharp Eye just added some Thai models.
Shops and most consumers no longer care where boards are made.
More us makers are getting booted in favor of GSI, SA, Chili, Firewire etc.
the niche manufacturers are safe. but the rest is a rocky road.
"Get out of the library and into the lab"
...hello Aquaglassing, the same thing is happening in most countries.
"I got some RTM fins in my choice of colors for 40% of what I would pay for a comparable so called "American" product, that probably isn't made in USA anyway."
Thanks for another realistic lesson in 'Business Reality 101.' Alibaba or Aliexpress can be your friend if you know what to look for. Many 'American' companies are forever looking for the least expensive source for their own products and that source is often located overseas.
Famous rich guy Warren Buffett has referred to business concepts like "Durable competitive advantage" and "Economic Moat." He has said that LABOR, as commonly employed in factory settings, offers NO competitive advantage. Anyone running a business in the US that employs factory workers in a manufacturing process is sure to experience competition from competitors outsourcing product.
Whether or not the overseas production offers an unfair business advantage is really the heart of the issue. If a guy can, as you point out, purchase product overseas for a whole lot less and still manage to get nearly full price retailing it over here, more power to him. Isn't that what business is all about?
ive seen a fair amount of the bootleg fusions in production US boards. So it seems some people are going the road to cutting corners to make up some of the loss especially because those plugs are sub par.
The fins ive seen are really hit and miss as well
I'm not trying to argue the pluses or minuses of any specific companies but I'd go so far as to say that many companies worldwide, including Australian companies, source their products from the cheapest available manufacturers, sometimes at the expense of their own domestic manufacturers.
Last I checked, FCS fins (under the banner of an Australian company) were being made in the USA.
FCS, like many outfits, has been bought and sold a couple of times and is now under a completely different corporate umbrella. At some point, it's not unusual for new corporate bosses to start pinching pennies any way they can... especially when their corporate share price takes a hit. http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/surfstitch-mystery--haunted-by-gho...
Too bad. It's been a dream of mine to work, in some capacity, in the boardbuilding industry. Guess that's not such a good idea anymore.
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