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Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
jayrandomer Contributing Member • Posts: 819
Re: Why do people get upset with critcism?

scarbo wrote:

jayrandomer wrote:

scarbo wrote:

Why do people get so upset if someone criticises Canon or any company for that matter? You're not a troll simply because you criticize Canon.

Yes, Canon are not a charity, but there's nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam and expressing irritation at the quality and/or pricing of some of their products. The fact is that Canon does ride on its name a lot of the time and charge above what their products might be worth in terms of quality and performance. I mean, you see it in the little things they sell such as lens caps, tripod collars, cable releases etc. They're not going to stop that practice when selling the more expensive items. The people who run Canon know the name sells and they exploit it as far as they can, as most companies in the business of making money would. The fact that it's standard practice does not mean we shouldn't call them on it.

I think it's good that people voice criticism if they dislike a company's practices, otherwise company's would feel they had carte blanche to exploit their position even more if they felt everyone was as happy as pie. There would be less motivation for them to up their game and improve. We've already seen plenty of firmware updates and price reductions as a result of consumer response and we wouldn't want that to stop.

I'm not upset that he's criticizing Canon. They very well may be overcharging for the new lens; it's also possible they designed themselves into a corner by producing too costly a lens. My problem is saying that charging something he doesn't want to pay is greedy. Expensive, sure; overpriced, probably; not worth buying, not for me, at least. Greedy, though?

I feel like greedy has become simply charging more than you want to pay and stingy is wanting to pay less than you charge.

Well of course Canon are greedy, which major corporation isn't? As you say, they are not charities. It is in the nature of corporations to be greedy. They exist to make profit, continually grow those profits and expand their empire. I'm sure if Canon had a monopoly on the market, they would inflate their prices even more. Their prices are a reflection of what they can get away with and what will make them the most money, not what is reasonable or fair. That's the nature of the beast.

How exactly is their pricing unfair?  You either pay it or you don't and by all accounts nothing bad happens if you don't.  If you went to jail if you didn't have the latest standard zoom I could see the fairness of the price being under question, but since that's not the case I don't quite see the problem.  Or do you consider fair simply to be as little as they can sell it for without losing money?  Do you consider it equally unfair to pay less than you can afford for something?

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