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More money than sense...

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by marzjennings, 8 Feb 2018.

  1. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    But why would they want this one? Visually it’s no different to hundreds of others, like I said it’s only the name. The filthy rich aren’t stupid and in my experience they even more likely to be tight with their money. They also know an overpriced item when they see it the same as you and me and if they truly wanted a commuter, because that’s what it is, they would look at the market and compare. Maybe they would still buy it but I doubt it.
    Hermes have done it as a marketing exercise to gain a bit of publicity.
     
  2. MartyBenji

    MartyBenji Member

    Location:
    Home Counties
    There's not even any mudguards
     
  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    If anyone thinks this bike would be bought to ride then I imagine they may not be getting the point.
     
  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    True, I can imagine it being given as a gift at a corporate event to well healed perhaps horsy customers.
     
  5. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Or hung on a wall.
     
  6. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    Location:
    North Wales
    Couple of hours earnings? How much an hour do you get?
     
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  7. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    Location:
    London, UK
    But I'm not sure what is special about this bike? It comes with that funny thing next to the chainrings. There has to be some thing, anything, that this bike has that another doesn't .Perhaps it has no-questions-asked theft insurance included in the price, or they will deliver the bike to your door and give you a bike fitting arrive in your house, or, well, just something.

    But I don't see anything on the bike, or comes with the bike.

    If there are two absolutely identical bikes, same material, same frame, same components, everything identical, but one has Aston Martin written on it and someone wants to pay £5k (or whatever) more for it, then at least that is something.

    Bit on that orange bike, I don't see what features it has to justify the 13k tag. Other than that, I agree with what you say (if you have money then spend it on what you like etc).

    Edit: aha, I take that back! Reading further down the thread, I see it has a fashion house brand name (I've not actually heard of Hermes but it does sound like a disease). There we go.
     
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  8. A lot less than that. But there's plenty that do....and that's who the bike is marketed at.
     
  9. Maybe it's just pretty. Go see how much a designer t-shirt costs against something in M&S. Probably same quality, same material, same factory even. Then compare the prices. Then tell me nobody buys designer clothes.
     
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  10. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    Location:
    London, UK
    What if the two t-shirts are identical? But one has a brand name on it?
     
  11. Then they aren't identical
     
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  12. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    The price you pay for any premium branded good bears little relation to the cost of manufacture. You're paying for a lot more than the nuts and bolts. Everyone knows Hermes and what they stand for, that costs a lot and it gets recouped in the pricing

    Good luck to them. If someone buys it and enjoys it that's fair enough for me
     
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  13. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Let’s just remind ourselves of the typical Hermes customer wearing one of their products:

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  14. Which is the scenario with many designer clothes. They are often identical save for a logo. People pay more for it.
     
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  15. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    Location:
    North Wales
    People's ego is their downfall and manufacturers / advertisers know how to use that to their advantage.
     
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