You can view this article from one of two view points (or both) …
1. The self-entitled, new millennium view that none are allowed to speak the truth if it is critical of (and may upset/offend) someone.
2. Amateur radio manufacturers and outlets prey on the captive audience of folks that partake of our niche hobby by inflating prices artificially.
So what am I ranting about today? Well, I’ve just found myself removed from the Facebook group of a well known re-distibutor of digital amateur radio goods – specifically the Dv-Mega DSTAR (sic) group run by M0KSP alongside his business as the UK distributor of DVMega items. What for? For speaking my mind of course!
What I objected to was the price of an item being advertised. Why should it bother me you may ask? Well, when the item in question is being advertised as a new case for the DVMega at £13.95 (postage extra) and a captive audience of older generation hams who, judging by the daily posts requesting assistance, aren’t *that* tech savvy and may not be aware of other options available to them, jump on the thread asking for more information, I think it only right I should point out it’s the official Raspberry Pi case with a hole drilled in the lid for the DVMega’s antenna – available for £6 (with free postage) from PiHut!!! Yes you have to measure and drill your own hole. I wasn’t the only one to point this out. But I may have also been critical of the pricing strategy – indeed, I termed it a rip off!
To add more than 100% markup for the privilege of having a hole predrilled (and a sticker applied) is ludicrous! EDIT: my apologies, also included is “a stand off that holds the radio shield in place.” – valued at a maximum of £1, also from PiHut!
Karl, if you’re reading this, I have no axe to grind with you. You do a lot of good work enabling folks easy access to DMR and D-STAR with the DVMega and supporting them after their purchase, which I recognise, but you do need to learn to take criticism better; this isn’t the first time I’ve seen you react this way! Whilst my comments may not have been particularly healthy for your business, equally censorship of free speech is not healthy! Also, revisiting your pricing strategy is never a bad thing. I would pay a small premium for having the hole pre-drilled, and recognise some markup is appropriate, but not £7.95 plus postage! Also, why is the stand off supplied; I got one with the DVMega in the first place?!?!?!
I notice Martin Lynch (and sons!) have recently started selling DVMega items – a bit of competition isn’t bad for business – but I see they are employing the same unfortunate pricing strategy …