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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Exeter UK, Athens Greece.
Bikes: Specialized RH, Scott Unitrack
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It is a sad fact that many factories move from Western countries to eastern ones for profit reasons. RM already had some low-end frames made in taiwan. Jobs are indeed lost, and of course we all get the respective consequences.
To be honest with you... bike companies are tiny companies in comparison with financial organizations and banks. I am saying this because, most major banks where i live (UK), have moved their telephone-customer-service departments to eastern countries for the shake of profit. WOA, banks? Yes banks, the companies with the BIGGEST profit margins are doing this... so this sounds perfectly normal for me...with respect to bike companies.
We bikers always want cheaper prices, bike builders desire higher wages, prices of raw materials have gone sky high, the only solution in order to strike a balance again, is to move east. Unfortunately the trend to day is not "go west" as the song says (pet shop boys),...but GO East.