[Coco] Tandy Hard Disk Controller
billg000 at cs.uofs.edu
Fri Mar 3 15:29:30 EST 2006
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gene Heskett" <gene.heskett at verizon.net>
>> Heh. My impression was that they loaded a board and stuck it in a coco
>> cartridge case, then priced it outragiously high specifically to
>> discourage the coco from ever being used in business environment.
>> I could be wrong, but that was my take on it at the time, Neil.
> If you look at the true costs of all of the computer items they sold, my
> impression was that they made a mint on all of them. I recall store
> of around 90% on some items, i.e. cost was $1.10, sell price was $15. I
> think they set this high to
> A) Steer you to other systems
> B) Make as much as they could.
I think B rather than A. Look at something as simple as an RS232
ribbon cable. They sold the cable for about $5 and the conectors
were about $3 apiece. The already assembled cable hanging right
next to them was $35.00. I mean really, just how hard was it to
put those crimp-ons on the ends of the cable? :-)
Bill Gunshannon | de-moc-ra-cy (di mok' ra see) n. Three wolves
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