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Comment: Re:No need to qualify (Score 1) 382

by Iniamyen (#47459753) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Most states, prodded perhaps by dealer associations, have forbidden auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public.

There is no "perhaps" about it. Auto dealer associations are entirely the reason - no need to qualify your statement. They are parasitic middlemen and they know they have a good deal going. They cost both customers and the automakers money. They should have to compete and provide value just like any other business. There should be no legal prohibition against me buying a car directly from Tesla, GM, Toyota or any other car maker if I want. If the dealer can provide me extra value then fine but if they cannot (and most cannot) then they should disappear like the obsolete businesses they are. There is no rational justification I have heard for protecting their business model at my expense. Perhaps you know of a good reason but frankly for me if auto dealers disappear tomorrow it won't be too soon.

Yup. It rather like being required to head to your nearest brick-and-mortar travel agency to book a flight and hotel and pay them their middleman fee, rather than going to and tripadvisor,com (or whatever your preferred vendor is).

I think in the case of buying airline tickets and hotel rooms (e.g. Travelocity, etc...) the same middleman claim could be applied. However, the difference is that for a lot of people, these middlemen actually DO provide value. And there's nothing preventing you from buying directly from the airline (or hotel, or car rental agency, etc...) if you WANT to.

Comment: Re:2-year CFLs (Score 1) 278

by Iniamyen (#47408383) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
Same here. I bought my first LED bulb at Costco a few weeks ago, because it was only $3, and after my experiences with CFLs, I'd like to be able to switch to LEDs after trying it out for a little while.

I think the breakeven point is better for LEDs than CFLs (cost of bulbs over time vs. energy savings), since CFLs seem to not last very long and LEDs keep getting cheaper. I want them to get a LITTLE bit cheaper still, before I start investing in large numbers of them, though.

Comment: Consumers are fickle (Score 3, Insightful) 242

by Iniamyen (#47361675) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch
Wasn't it only a year or two ago about how we were congratulating ourselves on not having to wear watches, because hey, everyone's got a smart phone and you can just check the time on that.

I don't wear a watch day-to-day. When I do wear one, it's with a suit as a fashion accessory. And I seriously doubt smart watches will ever look classy. Flashy, yes. Classy, no.

It's pretty amazing how short the average consumer's attention span is. I guess I can't blame companies for gettin' while the gettin's good.

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