Quoted from Kiwipinhead:
You guys in the USA still dont know how good you have it.... So a new stern Premium is what ? $7200?US or $10,258NZ
To buy a new Stern Premium will be 14k NZ (currently 13,600) 14k NZ = $9,826 US Now that price would give you something to cry about.
It's all relative brother, but what you are used to paying VS the increase stings everywhere.
If I want to buy a new German car, it's going to cost me dearly compared to buying it in Germany. It is what it is.
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
. WHY DOES IT TAKE STERN SO LONG?!!!
Because rolling out code doesn't immediately bring money cash in for them. They are a manufacturer looking to make money, as Gary Stern is eloquently willing to state in all of his speeches. If you dissect Garys words, thats what it boils down to. They want to make cash and don't care if it means raising the prices for the long term supporters and everyone else, because people will pay it.
Ghostbusters LE again showed them that people will pay markups. People were desperately looking for GB LE's and paying over market price, and Stern knows it. They couldn't produce GB Pro's fast enough at the start either. The hunger and "gotta have it" market is fat for Stern, and they're adjusting their pricing structure to us on how we responded to them.
Since this business is "fun", we expect the manufacturer to be "fun" and feel the same specialness of the hobby and a sense of being part of a bigger thing (IE., the pinball hobby), but the reality is all they want to feel is the cash in their pocket because after all, that's why they are here.
Quoted from PinballCompany:
I'm sure Stern wants to offer a great product at a great price. They must be doing something right to be backordered on virtually everything they continue producing. Supply and demand will drive pricing.
2010 - iPhone 4 32GB $299
2016 - iPhone 7 32GB $649
Problem with this analysis is simple- the technology and what you are getting on the phone is 2016 is significantly advanced. The 2016 pin is cheaper and behind that of the 2010 because of cost cutting.
Imagine if the iphone released in 2016 was less advanced than the 2010, with cheaper frame, glass, etc. The world would have come to an end.
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