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Novus wrote:CompUSA is also offering employee discount for their unsold gizmos as well. It won't be long before this type of thing becomes expected. The sooner all this consumer non-sence ends the better.
I read somewhere that for all practical purpose car dealerships do not make money selling cars or if they do they make a pittance. The money is in selling you a warranty. For example a 100,000 mile or 200,000 mile warranty. Basically you pay them a set amount of money upfront and they guarantee to fix your car if anything goes wrong. You also send your car every so often for "maintenance" check ups. Car dealerships love this because basically it puts independant auto repair shops out of business and everytime you send your car to get a "maintenance" check up it gives them an opportunity to find something wrong with your car. *cough*0mar wrote:I think this is GM tryin to rebuild investor confidence. I remember reading that GM loses like $700 per car that rolls off the assembly line.
Ironmike wrote:I watched an interview with a GM vice-president on Bloomberg the other day when GM announced their earnings for the quarter. He was asked how much the "employee pricing" was affecting his company's bottom line. He stated that their "marketing expenses" were unchanged. This means that this is all a marketing gimmick and they are not selling their vehicles for any less now. They are just selling more of them due to the gullibilty of the car buying public. 1st post I think
cube wrote:MD wrote:.........
I can't imagine where GM will come up with the next marketing gimmick.
Buy an SUV and get free high speed comcast internet access for a year!
Of course, those top strategists will provide themselves with golden parachutes regardless of the outcome for the rank and file workers.
Another classic american idea: Me first, f**k you.
Oily_Bill wrote:Not sure much R&D would be needed - Ford and GM in europe are making cars and vans that can do 30, 40 mpg. Go diesel and the numbers can go up to 50-60 mpg. Would need to re-tool the plants of course... or import the cars from UK/Germany.
How high would gas have to go before Americans were interested though ?
Ghog wrote:I am interested NOW. Problem is demand controls supply. The Toyota Prius is on a 6-8 month waiting list, Honda Accord is just too expensive. We have basically 2 choices for a diesel. Volkswagon (sorry I don't like) and Mercedes (clean diesel, but very expensive). If we could get more selection here and at different price points, I would do it now. At least I don't drive an SUV (a small coupe). I am waiting and hoping for more choices here soon to improve availability and costs.
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