Originally Posted by mark haflich
Ottawa is fighting for a spot. Came back against Detroit in the last 5 minutes and won in a so. caps magic number is 7/10 now.
Yes, but the most pressing question is how will I new viewing next year's Center Ice package?
Dealers are in a tough spot when it comes to unannounced products, as they are equally beholden to manufacturers and their clients.
The reality is manufacturers really don't need to pre-announce at all to dealers if they want things truly buttoned up (or do they want leaks?) If they are trying to give a dealer heads up to clear inventory (and most dealers do not inventory much these days), they could easily start backordering SKUs they know will EOL a few months before the switch so inventory naturally depletes.
Now, dealers have some knowledge, which generally always leaks in some form, and they have a dilemma. Say nothing, and sell what they know is near EOL product, or whisper something and incur wrath from the manufacturer?
Most customers would not be pleased to purchase a premium priced product and later find it was replaced by a better unit at the same or lesser price a few months later, especially if they recognize the dealer knew. Customers do have a natural expectation that dealers are on their side to a large degree.
So rather than put dealers in such a spot, they should be legitimately be told nothing and maintain plausible deniability.
Unless of course, the leaks are desired in subtle ways.