wikiz wrote:. Do you think these difficult global financial times are affecting your kite life?
since 2007 not anymore , why spend 1300 euros for a new kite when you can get it 6 months later in second hand , hardly used with no tears for less than half the price ?Do you still invest in new gears like you used to do before?
Agree , take any SLE and move the front lines attachments 5 cm higher or lower and you have a totally different kite , add new colors and some fancy advertising and presto , next year kite is ready.I personally think that the kitemakers, IMO, are excessively crowding us with new models every year while in some cases there's only a simple change in colors
.From what I have noticed, people are starting to spend wisely..
DonÂ´t think so , small companies have a better chance to survive since they have less overheads / G&A , the problem I see here is that most brands placed the orders in China or whatsoever for the new kites before all the trouble begone so they can end with lots of overstock and most kiteshops I know are ordering 50 % less kites as they used to last year .... some others are just ordering barely to cover demand.and I cannot but help think that those small brands out there are facing a really difficult situation. For the competition, I hope they get over these hard times.
50% less...... for real ??? That's gonna be tough for some companies, but also it will probably make the after-market even worse. Already the price loss is extensive.....panchito wrote: ......most kiteshops I know are ordering 50 % less kites as they used to last year .... some others are just ordering barely to cover demand.
Something very few people know .... Tarifa is probably the biggest single market in the EU with a total sales of approx . 4.000 kites per year ( 07 ) , just a side note : Best sold approx 2.500 Waroos in Tarifa during 2006 ,divided thru 40 kites shops is not that spectacular at the end , everything point out that in 08 that amount went down 20 % ( which is quite a bit if you think that , that means 800 kites less sold ) , that number goes together with same number less students during 08 , within the past 4 months I have seen at last 6-7 shops closed down and been told that same amount will do till the summer so we are talking about 15 or more kite shops out of 40 which is around 30% .Dr_Rosen wrote: 50% less...... for real ??? That's gonna be tough for some companies, but also it will probably make the after-market even worse. Already the price loss is extensive.....
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