Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/04/22

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Subject: [Leica] Coenen's interview on Asahi Camera
From: richard-lists at (Richard)
Date: Fri Apr 22 11:41:11 2005
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That's true in Chinese society, isn't it? I remember having a great deal of 
difficulty to tell my family that, yes, while we can afford new clothes for 
our children, it makes so much more sense to buy used clothes since they 
grow up out it so fast... When I was growing up, we were so poor that you 
passing down the clothes to another person in the family or to your friends 
until there's no fabric left is the norm :-). So the stigma is "why 
wouldn't nice clean clothes be in the store? Did something happen to the 
child?" etc.

Of course with the Leica, if you find a 50 year old Leica, chances are that 
the owner did finally go to the Big Leica store up there... :-)

At 11:14 AM 4/22/2005, Joseph Yao wrote:

>Little does Coenen know that there is a taboo/stigma associated with buying
>used/second hand in certain cultures.  By not offering (I am not saying they
>should or should not) an entry level model, Leica is turning away many
>potential customers.  This is where Cosina/Voigtlander have succeeded and I
>expect the Zeiss Ikon camera and lenses will accomplish the same.

// richard (This email is for mailing lists. To reach me directly, please 
use richard at 

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