Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/26

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Subject: [Leica] Leica donation to students
From: gregj.lorenzo at (GREG LORENZO)
Date: Sun Sep 26 11:55:31 2004

Kit McChesney writes in part:
> No one wants to be so exclusive that few customers can afford to 
> buy their products. Anyone who does should not be in business. 

Kit, where have you been for the last 50 years? Companies who want to be 
"exclusive" are legion in number. There are considerable numbers of 
"exclusive" and expensive producers of goods today. To list just a few: 
Rolls Royce, Patek Phillipe, Mont Blanc, Versace, Alfred Dunhill, Giorgio 
Armani, Mercedes Benz, Lange and Sohn, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Rolex, 
Tiffany, Ritz Carlton, Porsche, Harry Winston, Chateau Margeau, most Cuban 
brand Cigars, etc., etc., etc..

There are also legions of companies who are making considerable efforts (and 
investment) to join the club. Volkswagen with their Phateon serves as the 
strangest current example!

To my mind Leica, except for some of their attempts for instant collectable 
cameras, does not qualify as "exclusive" to the same degree as most of the 
above. They are however a higher priced niche player and seem to quite happy 
playing that role. Less expensive Leica cameras and lenses are not 
economically feasible. Leica supplying "free cameras" is just plain crazy! 



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