Nikon parts: This will affect YOU. Please sign.

Started Oct 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Nikon parts: This will affect YOU. Please sign.

beshannon wrote:

onlooker wrote:

beshannon wrote:

No petition is going to change what is a good business move.

If you want to become a boutique player, it's an excellent move.


This comment makes no sense at all.

Controlling parts makes sense for the manufacturer, that is the truth, no matter how many people get their feelings hurt.

And again this already works for many companies.

Nippondenso earlier referenced Apple as a company that controls service parts, but to keep that in balance it must be pointed out that Apple has made many user installable parts available to customers in recent years, including desktop video cards, iMac hard drives, laptop RAM, desktop fan modules, and more. Even if Apple considers iPhone and iPod to not be user serviceable, their policy represents a higher degree of reasonability than what Nikon has just done.

But the boutique comment makes perfect sense, actually. It has been a hallmark of boutique brands for decades to try and control service, force dealer service etc.

It may work for many companies, but it cuts both ways and will severely alienate large numbers. For a  company to withstand the alienation they cause by doing this, their product needs to be powerful enough in the market to force the customer to keep buying it despite their alienation. Is Nikon that powerful? That is debatable. Their primary advantages over Canon right now all have to do with sensor tech, which is an area that Canon led in the 2003 to 2007 period and could lead again. Each of them have some contrasting strengths in lens selection, which makes that sort of a wash.

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