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

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Subject: [Leica] RE: Leica donation to students
From: leicagalpal at (Kit McChesney)
Date: Sun Sep 26 22:57:57 2004


Unfortunately, offering Leicas at dealer cost would not offer much of a
discount to the students. I hate to burst your bubble, but dealers aren't
cleaning up. I hope someone is, but it ain't us! It takes lotsa Leica sales
to make a buck. Margins are narrower than with other brands. 


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Karen Nakamura
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 10:40 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] RE: Leica donation to students

>All of the extremely competitive universities admissions are need blind.
>When you read the catalogues they make it clear that they want talented
>young adults to apply regardless of financial situation.

Need blind doesn't mean you get a free ride. Macalester is need blind.

All it means is that they'll accept you regardless of finances. The 
financial package, however, may involve a lot more. Usually it 
involves taking out loans, the student working on campus, and the 
parents getting an extra job or leasing a room in their house for 
more money. Most college students are leaving school these days with 
quite onerous debt. This is very unfortunate, in my opinion, because 
it means that less will take jobs working at non-profits or as public 
servants because they can't make ends meet.

Ask any parent of a college-age kid, it's expensive and just because 
there's financial aid doesn't mean that they have a spare $2500 for a 
Leica for the little brat.... I mean kid.

Anyway, I have an idea!  If you've decided that giving is good -- why 
not offer Leicas at dealer cost  to any student who asks?  You'll 
sell tons, make lots of goodwill in the community, and so forth. 
After all, think globally act locally, right?


Karen Nakamura
Leica Users Group.
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