Originally Posted by jhe
How about a plug in option? Getting a clock that sets itself would be well worth $30 more to me, but that is because I have power glitches at least every week or two.
That would be nice, but here is the major problem we deal with. Although YOU would pay more, the average consumer still wants everything and doesn't wish to pay more than $20 to get it.
98% of radios sold in the market are at or below the $150 price point. If you can imagine what number of customers that leaves for all the over $150 radios in the market I am sure you can quickly assertain that it is hard to sell a good radio with all the features.
Or put differently, for every $20 difference in retail price we can expect to sell 2,000 less radios (example only). This means that we have to look very serioulsy about what changes we do make to a product.
I used to be a mechanic and I have to say that my experience wasn't much different there. A person would cuss a storm about a $250 repair to their car, but would be happy spending $250 for a TV. The car gets them to work and they don't want to invest to protect it, but a TV, sure! Same goes for alarm clocks. People rely on $20 clocks to wake them up and wonder why they are late.