I think Garmin has lost their mind!

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by HighTechCoonass, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    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:evil...


    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-road/motorcycles/zumo-350lm/prod107979.html

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  2. Josh69

    Josh69 Uhhh

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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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  3. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    But..., but.........it comes with FREE lifetime maps! :huh
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  4. dashredder

    dashredder Just go.

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    Ya, vibration proof or not, $700 is just too much scratch. Obscene.
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  5. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    For $80 bucks I'd better get a handjob.
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  6. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    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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  8. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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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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  9. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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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.
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  10. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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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. :D
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  11. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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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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  12. bipbap

    bipbap Well.........

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    Is this the KLR crowd speaking up? Isn't this the forum of BMW and Touratech? :lol3

    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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  13. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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.
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  14. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    FWIW, I'd like to have weather radar capability so I could see storms that are over the horizon. :ear
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  15. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    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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  16. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    LOL

    Actually, I believe Garmin's main business has little to do with what you and I see, or consider buying -- aviation, marine . . .

    Phones won't replace purpose built GPS boxes (for me and many others) til the entire country is covered with decent signals . . . and that ain't happenin any time soon.

    But, you seem to have spun up a nice lil fit, so I'll leave you to it. Enjoy.
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  17. twowheelpilot

    twowheelpilot Adventurer

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    definitely underwhelming
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  18. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I think they missed the marketing mark.
    Sell 200 at $400 instead of 20 at $700.... the engineering cost is spent...cash in,,,

    I am hoping they are listening to the Advrider market:ear.

    And yes they are focusing in the aviation and boating market - I have been to the store in Chicago! WOW this stuff is cool!!!!

    New cell phones have GPS built in ...towers are not needed for offline apps that are appearing by the day...

    Google was working on an offfline (no tower) GPS application...


    My last trip to Colorado my partner use his Ipad mini for GPS.

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  19. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Yep That's what ills me. I have bought almost 10 units by now and I am just about at the point to spring for a good motorcycle unit... but the price point is just ridiculous! and the value is not there...






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  20. Core10metal

    Core10metal Been here awhile

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    I'm on my second Montana and the one I have freezes when I need it most. I have earplugs in the battery compartment to keep it from shutting off. The touch screen is antiquated, the search function is dreadful, the pan function is laughable.
    Once I'm able to create a custom map on Google maps and be able to use touch screen with gloves, goodbye dedicated gps.
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