Harmony Central Forums
Announcement Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

From What companies you'll never buy from?

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse









X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • From What companies you'll never buy from?

    And why?

    1.-Tascam

    Ever since they closed the supporting Tascam forums I stoped buying from them, I don't trust Them...Is it enough reason? I think it is, they left several forum members hanging.
    He's Coming,Make Music Be Happy
    The Lord Is My Provider And My Boss, So Don't Even Think You Are The Man
    Too Many Songs To Learn, So little Time!!

  • #2
    Behringer


    (surprised? )
    www.guslozada.com

    Comment


    • #3
      Wal-Mart.
      What The...?
      http://www.what-the.com
      http://www.facebook.com/whattherock
      http://www.myspace.com/whattherock

      Comment


      • #5
        Saturn: worst piece of crap car I've ever owned/encountered/perceived.

        For the rest...

        ... once a company crosses into that "Self-perpetuating Corporate Entity" the quality and philosophy behind it ceases to matter. If you need a product from such a company, the company doesn't care, and you can't make a blind value judgement based on preconceived notions because of that.

        It was probably different, and maybe mattered, between the mid 60's and maybe the early 80's. Now - Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, whoever - all are capable of making something really good, or something really crappy. If you've had a bad experience with them, they don't care if you boycott them or not. IMO it's better to save your energy; if that's the case, in order to better utilize it when you can make more of a difference.

        In smaller companies perhaps there is something to be gained by hoping their philosophy actually has an effect either directly or indirectly.

        I hate that Snapple gives money to Rush Limbaugh. Hate it. My favorite drink is probably their new green tea.

        I can think of 3 perspectives:

        1) "boycott" Snapple for endorsing a fascist hypocritical propaganda whore; effectively changing nothing;

        2) Embrace the company and strive to have number of like-minded people do the same, in turn hopefully urging a change of philosophical direction in the company via market leverage;

        3) Consider that irrespective of the first 2 perspectives, at least my money isn't going directly to one of the Mega Corporations of Coke or Pepsi. thereby partially supporting a vestige of Non-Mega-Corporate America and in turn maybe staving off the Innevitable Ultimate End of Malicious Capitalism.

        / you mean, nobody else here thinks of all of that in the moment one glances at a drink bottle.....?
        ]] message board @ www.chipmcdonald.com [[
        "big assed windbag" - Bruce Swedien
        "People are not only strange, but stranger than you can imagine" - Jim C. Morrison-Clarke

        Comment


        • #6
          Behringer. Caught and nailed in court stealing other companies' designs.

          Guitar Center/Musician'sFiend. Need I say more?

          My local non-chain music store. I want to like them. They refused to do a $20 setup on a guitar because I hadn't bought it from them. I've bought a few thousand $$ worth of other stuff there, that did not seem to matter.

          OK, I'm offering you money, you're a business, um, hello? Dumb as a box of drummers. I'm sure as hell not buying any guitars from them at any time in the future. I guess they showed me!

          Comment


          • #7
            Behringer. 4th rate knockoff junk.
            GC. Idiots posing as sales reps.
            Monster. Making cheap cables rather than good ones, cuz it's more cost effective to replace a broken cable than to make it right in the first place.

            I'm sure there's more but it's very BC (before coffee) so I'll amend later.

            Digidesign. Forced hardware "upgrades" that are no or not much better for the most part than what you have, but you gotta shell out the dough for it to maintain current software compatibility. (001, original M-box, etc.)

            They will never get another dime from me.

            Comment


            • #8
              digitech.

              Comment


              • #9
                I try to avoid products from any company that has an advertising budget and does mass marketing like magazine, newspaper, radio or TV ads. Their products are always alot more expensive anyways to support that BS marketing crap. Since its hard to find an automobile company that doesn't advertise, I only buy used cars and I won't let the dealerships service my cars (I do most of it anyways).
                www.soundclick.com/daveski

                www.podsafeaudio.com/jamroom/daveski

                www.podsafeaudio.com/jamroom/hoserski

                www.podsafeaudio.com/jamroom/midlifecrisis

                Comment


                • #10
                  Originally posted by FunkyLaptop
                  My local non-chain music store. I want to like them. They refused to do a $20 setup on a guitar because I hadn't bought it from them. I've bought a few thousand $$ worth of other stuff there, that did not seem to matter.


                  It's interesting to see that exchange from a customer's perspective. It's a rather childish reaction from the music store - they're pissed that you didn't get it from them. We went through a phase where we were starting to see a lot of guitars brought in for service from non-music "big box" stores. At first the guitar department was reluctant to work on them, but when I took over the department I made it a point to treat those customers with kid gloves instead of disdain: "Yeah, so what, they bought it from someone else. Get to work."

                  I found by educating them that a broken string did not warrant a return to the big box and showing them how to change and tune it, a trusting relationship was developed and they kept coming back for advice, lessons, and accessories. Almost every time they'd buy their next guitar form us.

                  FunkyLaptop, when did your experience occur? A lot of these kinds of things were happening from 2001-2004; I'd be blown away if things like this were still occuring.

                  You wonder why so many indies are not making it... /sarcasm

                  What part of NCal are ya from?
                  I didn't think it would be this cold...

                  Gear: Yamaha P-60; Yamaha Motif Rack ES; Nord Electro 2.0/73; Nord Lead 2; Korg Triton Studio 76; Hammond C2 w/perc mod; Leslie 145; Alesis DG8; Yamaha DX7; Fender MIM J-Bass; Steinberg WAV4 Electric Upright Bass; Peavey Raptor; Takamine EG-240; Line 6 Spider II 15; Peavey KB4; Fender Bassman 100; Selmer Mark VI Tenor Sax

                  Comment


                  • #11
                    Gibson, for ruining SVP.

                    Digidesign probably; had enough of the "holding back features and charging for them" that is their business plan.
                    Silk City Music Factory: A Connecticut Recording Studio

                    Comment


                    • #12
                      Phillip Morris

                      Halliburton

                      Manley...just being realistic here.

                      Comment


                      • #13
                        I like Snapple because...

                        Originally posted by chipmcdonald
                        3) Consider that irrespective of the first 2 perspectives, at least my money isn't going directly to one of the Mega Corporations of Coke or Pepsi. thereby partially supporting a vestige of Non-Mega-Corporate America and in turn maybe staving off the Innevitable Ultimate End of Malicious Capitalism.

                        / you mean, nobody else here thinks of all of that in the moment one glances at a drink bottle.....?


                        Except that Snapple is a brand name owned by Cadbury/Schweppes plc



                        Scare yourself
                        Music for your busy day.

                        All the info you need.

                        Be my friend?

                        Comment


                        • #14
                          Intel
                            "If Obama wins a second term I will leave the forum". - Visconti

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chipmcdonald

                              / you mean, nobody else here thinks of all of that in the moment one glances at a drink bottle.....?


                              Sounds like you need to start patronizing these guys:

                              http://www.jonessoda.com



                              The drinks I've had of theirs are really good!
                              What The...?
                              http://www.what-the.com
                              http://www.facebook.com/whattherock
                              http://www.myspace.com/whattherock

                              Comment



                              Working...
                              X