It's a good point, and a definate possibility. Speaking from the viewpoint of someone who lives and works in the industry on all levels... it's rare we have a warranty problem after the 1 year purchase. The main brands we deal with have a few niggles here and there, but all problems tend to be in the first few months, after that everything is stable for the rest of the life of the kite. They could definately offer a bigger warranty but I doubt it would be of any use.zook600 wrote:Mike, I appreciate what you say regarding cost, but where do we stand with Manufacturers giving out an extended warranty, are they prepared do 'do their bit' in the current climate. Am I right in assuming most have a year's warranty, why not extend this to 2? This would defintly make me a little happier about spending more. Quality and back up is worth a little hike in my opinion.
I've seen some shockers but they have been release problems that were soirted out pretty quickly.. (north bladders for example) but all those kites are happy and well now... all sorted. If you do get problems they surface very quickly... after that it's wear and tear.
A good retailer will back up your kite throughout it's life, and if there is something that the brand won't help you with, chances are your local shop will. A good kite from a good shop is the answer!
I know that Airush and Nobile are putting up the warranty terms on their products; 666 and shinn are now 2 year warranty, and the X-Pact, FS and switch are now a 3 year warranty so I believe.
One of the upsides of this debacle is that used kites will hold their value, and as such the % change between old and new may offset the pain of the initial purchase price. But it's going to be a shakey transition!
One other thing to make us sound like poor impoverished urchins... say we have a stock of 100 kites worth £10,000, if the average price of these kites rises 30% then next year our operational stock of 100 kites will be £13,000 so we have to invest an extra £3000 to next years stock to be in the same position... This money has to be earned, so the operational costs of the business just continue to rise, as inflation eats all our profits!.. in effect if we sold all last years at a 20% profit we would be at at 10% loss trying to continue with the same busines next year... before we paid any bills..
oh woe is me.... lol