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Old 08-20-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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Thumbs down I think Garmin has lost their mind!

Come on guys $700 really??... All my riding buddies who considered this unit also say $700 is way out of the park.

$400 is reasonable... especially since the can get the Iphone app for $50 bucks and a lifeproof case (waterproof) is just another 80 or so...

yes my iphone does not work with normal gloves... but I just wet my finger...


https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod107979.html

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Old 08-20-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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And I see there is still not internet connection even though you can get it on car GPS models costing 1/4 the price.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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But..., but.........it comes with FREE lifetime maps!
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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Ya, vibration proof or not, $700 is just too much scratch. Obscene.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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But..., but.........it comes with FREE lifetime maps!



For $80 bucks I'd better get a handjob.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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I'm not one of them, but I believe there are enough customers out there to make this thing profitable . . . . .

lacking anything else, there are spouses of folks who just bought new Adventure GS bikes, and are at a loss as what to get the rider for Christmas.

We call expensive presents that are not really needed like this "Grandparent Presents."

Witness the existance of the Hammerker Schlammerker catalog (or however it is spelled).
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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I'm not one of them, but I believe there are enough customers out there to make this thing profitable . . . . .

lacking anything else, there are spouses of folks who just bought new Adventure GS bikes, and are at a loss as what to get the rider for Christmas.

We call expensive presents that are not really needed like this "Grandparent Presents."

Witness the existance of the Hammerker Schlammerker catalog (or however it is spelled).
This^^^^^.. I'm happy with my 140 buck nuvi with lifetime maps and an aqua box that I've had for 6 years. I'm on my 2nd nuvi that cost me 100 bucks in 07.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #8
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My wife was going to get me one for father's day... good thing she asked first!

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I'm not one of them, but I believe there are enough customers out there to make this thing profitable . . . . .

lacking anything else, there are spouses of folks who just bought new Adventure GS bikes, and are at a loss as what to get the rider for Christmas.

We call expensive presents that are not really needed like this "Grandparent Presents."

Witness the existance of the Hammerker Schlammerker catalog (or however it is spelled).
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #9
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I'm not one of them, but I believe there are enough customers out there to make this thing profitable . . . . .
When the target market is small, you just gouge it for the absolute maximum profit per unit that the market will bear. That seems to be Garmin's philosophy and I can see no other legitimate reason for a $500 premium over the equivalent Automotive unit. $50 maybe, perhaps a $100 for waterproofing and vibration resistance, but this is just pure greed.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:57 AM   #10
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I thought my Zumo 665 was to costly until I bought one. It is still to expensive but I love it and think it was worth the purchase.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #11
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I have my cheap Nuvi 40LM. I got it from the outlet at Garmin. No one steals a cheap unit.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #12
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Is this the KLR crowd speaking up? Isn't this the forum of BMW and Touratech?

It is a lot of money, to be sure. It's also exactly how they price all their GPSs. There's less competition in the motorcycle GPSs market. This isn't even the most expensive one they sell or have sold.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:15 PM   #13
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When the target market is small, you just gouge it for the absolute maximum profit per unit that the market will bear. That seems to be Garmin's philosophy and I can see no other legitimate reason for a $500 premium over the equivalent Automotive unit. $50 maybe, perhaps a $100 for waterproofing and vibration resistance, but this is just pure greed.
You call it pure greed -- if I could get 100% raise out of my boss, I would.

Your milage, of course, may vary.

It's business, Garp -- no one is harmed by this pricing structure, and Garmin employees may get a marginally larger raise on account of it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
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FWIW, I'd like to have weather radar capability so I could see storms that are over the horizon.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #15
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You call it pure greed -- if I could get 100% raise out of my boss, I would.

Your milage, of course, may vary.

It's business, Garp -- no one is harmed by this pricing structure, and Garmin employees may get a marginally larger raise on account of it.
I get that it's business, and it's a dying business where their mainstream product is now a cheap commodity that is being largely replaced by cell phones. I get that they have to gouge any small remaining specialized markets in order to try and survive rather than become irrelevant, but I don't have to feel good about it.

I used to rave about Garmin, and lord knows they had plenty of my $$$ over the last decade or so, but this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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