On 08/27/2016 02:33 PM, James Knott wrote:
There's an old saying about being "penny
wise and pound foolish". This
is the sort of problem that arises when you let the bean counters
control the company. If they can't put a number on something, they get
rid of it, even if it results in some intangible, such as good will,
brand recognition etc., that in fact benefits the company.
How very true!
Let me also reply to John here.
Paying retail prices to Amazon for what would amount to a bulk purchase when
there are operators who are in the business of producing branded, loaded USB
sticks for promotional purposes, organization geared to this and optimized for
it, makes no sense.
I looked into this for a trade show event I was involved with a couple or five
years ago. We supplied the "images", that is both the digital image that goes
into the USB memory and the GIF image of the logo that goes on the side of the
stick. They have machinery that mass produces this. I'm not saying it a 'race
to the bottom' but it is a established and competitive business. This was just
a small (<10 person) concern. I'm sure a larger organization with enough of a
marketing budget to organize shows in cities all across north America at major
downtown hotels and conference centres with advanced A/V can afford a couple of
$thousand$ for USB sticks. After all, in past years they had been paying for a
couple of DVDs in a nice cardboard folder. And in past years a 2G DVD with all
the marketing material and presentations on it.
James is quite right about penny pinching. Not least of all because they were
still handing out baseball caps with the chameleon head logo and shirt.
As it happened, the USB sticks I investigated were to be a Puppy Linux that
drove a canned demo. We ordered 2,000 2G USB2.0. From the USA that would be
over $5 each. From Asia it was under $1 each. Of course if you want some kind
of gimmick, like a USB-as-business card, that's going to be more expensive. And
of course larger drives are more expensive as well.
Antonio's ISO image seems to be 1G7. I'm not sure that it would give enough
space on a 2G drive to save settings and user settings. A 4G drive would be
adequate, though. No need for a 16G drive.
Yes, John, there RE better prices around; most of them come from Asia :-)
I can think of many reasons why North American sourced ones are more expensive,
despite international shipping. None of those reasons are complementary.
"How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how
well we are understood."
-- Andrew S. Grove.
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