I keep replying because we are having a valid discussion and I have a real-world perspective on how markets work.Piledriver wrote:If you are fine with a ripoff artists ethics, I'm fine with that.
Nothing is stopping anyone from making folks aware of who they choose to buy their products from.
CFRs D-Jet pressure sensor diaphragm kit is the only game in town, he deserves kudos for bringing that to market.
Chris already lost a decent chunk of his sales (via losing all sales through RAT) largely due to this issue.
(his making a $1500 hand hammered fan shroud was likely not the reason as it only makes sense for racers who must meet SCCA racing rules requiring 914s to have the stock alternator location, also he ran it for years...)
I hope his entirely legal (but almost certainly tiny) profits on the linkage make up for his lost sales.
NOTE HE DOESN"T EVEN SHOW AN ASSEMBLED LINKAGE IN HIS AD, as it would be too obvious.
You keep bumping this up.
So using your logic, there should only be one maker of a product that is in a given market?? Anyone who designs an alternative or even an improvement on a given product should not be allowed to enter the marketplace and compete for a market share?? Again, what parallel universe does this happen in because it's not in ours. There are markets that employ these rules you speak of and they are/were in places like the USSR, Cuba, North Korea and many other communist countries and as history shows, all the best innovations come out of those areas of the world.
Again, using your logic, I guess A/A shouldn't be making piston/cylinder sets for our cars since they are a blatant rip-off of Mahle (which is a blatant ripoff of Kolbenschmidt). . . There should ONLY be Westfalia campers too since Riviera, Sundial etc. obviously copied what Westfalia Werk was doing and stole market share. . . Hex bar linkage should be banned as well since it was designed as an improvement over that pathetic round bar stuff that came with the original Weber carb kits. . . Dellorto carbs should have never been made either. . . I could go on and on, but if you're honest with yourself, you will at least appreciate how a free-market drives innovation, quality and ultimately costs. In every market there are winners and losers. It's the Darwinian theory at it's best.
As to why RAT stopped using Tangerine Racing, you are clearly making a speculation and have only part of one side of a two-sided story. Only God and the two parties involved know the whole story and I would bet God is the only impartial party. As a general rule, people who talk on public forums will only talk about things that put themselves in the best possible light and will conveniently leave out the un-flattering facts. Most business people with class, tend to keep to themselves and do not broadcast business drama publicly since doing so is typically seen as VERY un-professional.
I think that on this we can agree to disagree and that's cool. Peace Pile. . .