Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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I don't follow
by anomie on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:29 UTC
anomie
Member since:
2007-02-26

Car manufacturers compete for better price points and deals. The cost of electronics is generally driven down.

However price != TCO.
The constant battle for lower prices has pushed quality and reliability to absolute lows.


Do you have citations to demonstrate that reliability is at absolute lows? My impression has been that exactly the reverse of what you're saying is true in the US. The quality and reliability of American cars have improved (by having to compete with the Japanese).

Moreover, competition is exactly why DRM will fail in the end. What properly informed fellow will buy encumbered/copy-protected technologies when given a [u]choice[/u]?

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RE: I don't follow
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:58 in reply to "I don't follow"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I think the author was implying that consumer goods are made to be disposable. They are produced cheaply, so it is more convenient to dispose of them rather then fix them.

I guess it depends on how one looks at the situation, or the situation one is in. On one hand that cheap washing opens the washing machine market to people who previously couldn't afford a washing machine, and on the other hand, it's a cheap washing machine that gets replaced when it breaks and the buyer still comes out ahead.

To that argument I say, just buy more expensive stuff. You'll be more inclined to fix it rather then throw it out. There are premium brands out there, they're just not sold at Wal-Mart.

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RE: I don't follow
by DrillSgt on Thu 30th Aug 2007 21:52 in reply to "I don't follow"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Moreover, competition is exactly why DRM will fail in the end. What properly informed fellow will buy encumbered/copy-protected technologies when given a [u]choice[/u]?"

That will be the people that like to purchase CD's/DVD's from the music/video store and listen/watch them. DRM itself is strictly driven by the music/movie industries. This only questions whether it will fail or not, as people will continue to buy the media which uses DRM, so will require a way to use the media.

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