AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
T3 Forum Pro • Posts: 21,166
Re: some people will never get it.

Your fantasy world needs to meet reality. How many cameras use AA batteries? Obviously, in the marketplace, AA-using cameras have not done well. And from the design-perspective, AA-using are not preferred by camera designers. And on camera forums, the demand for AA-using cameras rarely ever comes out (even YOU state that it only comes up "from time to time"!) The REALITY is that the market, the designers, the manufacturers have not embraced AA batteries in cameras. The market and market forces have spoken. Meanwhile, self-delusional armchair market geniuses like yourself continue to embarrass yourself on forums! LOLOLOLOLOL

Sammy Yousef wrote:

T3 wrote:

Sorry, but this simply isn't the case. Consider the cost to the manufacturers of designing, manufacturing, and including hundreds of thousands of their rechargeable batteries,

Design cost for a charger is next to nothing. 3rd party can manufacture much cheaper and still make a profit. If they're not making a killing on the OEM batteries, they're doing it very wrong.

plus chargers, in all of the cameras that they sell. Do you really think this enormous cost is offset by people buying additional OEM batteries for their cameras?! LOL.

Yes. Do you really think they wouldn't be cutting costs by going to AA if it wasn't the case? LOL.

Not even close. The overwhelming majority of P&S camera buyers will never buy an additional battery for their cameras.

Unless they are AA in which case they've already got tons of spares lying around!

And of the ones that do, they could buy a third-party battery! So the income provided by additional battery sales is miniscule.

Shall I LOL some more? The manufacturers make a killing and then I've seen unscrupulous retailers sell at double or in a couple of extreme cases triple the recommended retail. (Then retails cry poor when people buy 3rd part online for literally 1/10th the cost).

As for the notion that people get locked into a camera brand just because of a battery is equally silly.

Try getting a proprietary battery for any piece of electronics that is over 6 or 7 years old. Good luck. Demand for old model batteries tapers off and it becomes very difficult.

As I mentioned, most people never need any other battery than the battery that the camera came with,

Which makes the cameras DISPOSABLE since the battery will only last 2-5 years.

so prior batteries from prior cameras only factor into a tiny percentage of buyers' thinking.

If it were such a tiny percentage of buyers, we wouldn't see these threads pop up from time to time.

Plus, batteries are a small cost compared to the cost of a camera, especially when you start talking about DSLR cameras.

Moving the goal posts again? If you're talking about the average user, surely you want to be talking about small pocketable cameras, not enthusiast DSLR.

The reality is that OEM batteries are a cost to manufacturers-- not some way to make more money off of batteries-- but it's a cost that is worthwhile to them because it allows them better design flexibility with their cameras.

No, I'd describe that as a fantasy. You sir are a manufacturer's dream. Do you work for one? Or do you sell the batteries?

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