Bob, hit the proverbial nail on the head...Americans want high wages and pay Walmart prices..this combined with federal tax codes on corporations IS THE REASON why China makes everything...we did this to ourselves. As a small businessman in the chocolate business I can tell you why Hershey makes all of its bars in Mexico, but I digress.
If my wife breaks the door, then oh, well it is my fault and not Concertone's. Should I be able to get parts and fix it myself, well maybe, but is it designed to be servicable easily? That $149 goes to pay some dude making $30 an hour to do a job that is really worth maybe $15 or $20 hour, then you got to add in their federal taxes and so forth. Maybe the unit is a PITA to take apart and while the $5 door is cheap, the costs to take it apart and reassemble is not. Maybe Bob needs to have a stable of illegal aliens working in a cargo container somewhere fixing these things for $19?
You have a company trying to be competitive in the RV market providing a cheaply priced item to a big company like FR while at the same time trying to stay alive with a profit. Profits are not bad.
Now with that said, and Bob please do not take offense, my camper audio is what it is and it aint much. Then again, I go camping to getaway from the world and while I love music, my expectations for my factory equipped camper "stereo system" are minimal when it comes to these things. I wont likely use it very much in large part because it does not sound great. If I ever replace it, it would be with an Alpine car or marine audio deck with integral IPOD controller and new Infinity 6 inch round coax speakers.
It does speak well of Concertone to have Bob here. This is a free way to get honest customer feedback. I mean why have a door at all and simply design a front loading system like a car audio deck or a PS 3? The technology is proven and is cheap.
Bob, Tonya and the kids
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