Should Manufactures be in the install business?
Isn’t this kind of against open market (fairness) philosophy of USA?
Or lock customer in to them, (or there only one Lic, vender in state/etc or two if you’re lucky…)
I’m tired of this lock in or (propriety) in house only or license of certain manufactures
(No names needed) this is more of a generic rant
Sure – I know they don’t want to have everybody to be installing there product (why I don’t know, think more market share) so only sale for Licensed contractors…say over the counter at whole sale or even on web.
I know Lon World “quote” Open / etc “unquote” but even some venders (not to name any) want you to buy/have a license – Kind of MLM to me even...
I guess I’m a free market guy and a manufacture locking in a customer (with little to no choice) or in competition with us –is just not right
I think that’s why people are going to lon or even companies that don’t require you drink there cool aid or sign over your first born
I even seen customers – (sic) go back – to relay logic controls (for you newbie’s – that wire and relays) because of this.
Market distribution issues?
There are pros and cons. Some controls techs wish they could buy and install any brand they happen to like from the local parts store and just get it done.
As this subject relates to DDC controls, I mean the more complicated brands with web front ends, there are good reasons to have exclusive dealerships which can and do in most cases benefit the manufacture.
Oh, did I mention benefit the manufacture? That is what it is designed to do.
If I spend a million dollars on a new product line, and I want to make sure there is an agressive effort to sell the new product, going thru exclusive dealerships help to make sure that happens.
Some dealers take advantage of their sole exclusive selling position to just rape and pilliage, yet others do a very good job of taking care of their clients and the brand reputation. I think we all know some of those companies.
Anyway for my two bits, the system works just fine, even though, I wish I could get some of those controllers and software without getting SIA by the sole exclusive dealers.
Guess if I was any damn good I would have one of those sole exclusive dealerships.