In my previous post I wrote critically about e-drum manufacturers. This post will be the opposite, at least for some small e-drum producers. I spotted a lot of comments on YouTube and Facebook from people complaining about the prices of products related to electronic drums. The most common complaints relate to trigger systems.
To make one thing clear, being critical is always good, I am critical myself and constructive criticism is needed. Most people are able to be constructive, but some arguments are simple… I write it in a polite manner… unintelligent. Starting with my favorite comment:
“This product is totally overpriced, I can build it myself for 5 bugs.”
These people see a product, well designed and complain about its price. They literally take the price and compare it to the prime costs of the raw components. A product that costs 100 bugs can content material worth only 10 bugs. But that does not mean it is over priced. The guy who engineered it had to take his own money and time to build a couple of prototypes, test them and improve them a couple of times until the final version turns out.
During that time he studied the subject, did extensive research and compared prices of suppliers. He also had to buy expensive tools and machinery to fabricate it. After running many tests, he is finally ready to produce. Until this point he did not make but spend a lot of money.
As “electronic drums” is a very small niche market, he will most likely not have employees and does everything himself in his spare time, while his friends get drunk in a bar. He takes care of marketing, writes instructions, answers to customer questions, does the sales and the shipping. After he sold a couple of his products, he is responsible for the customer support too. All them activities cost much of his time.
Meaning, you get exactly what you pay for. A well engineered product, that not only contents enormous amounts of effort, time and money, but also support in case YOU have problems or further questions. That is why you pay 100 bugs. You don’t have to buy it. You can build your own stuff if you are able to. But please stop comparing the price of your little DIY with an actual product. Apart from this does not everyone has the time and patients for a DIY.
“This product is way to overengeneured, I would never use this thing and rather go for the other one.”
We all have our opinions on anything, which is fine. But I explode when I read a comment saying: “This product sucks, you should all buy this one instead!” You are basically saying everyone who does not have the same opinion than you is stupid. This behavior reminds me somehow on politics.
The most common phrase about products, especially from Germany is: “Overengeneured”.
I know, especially the Germans like to overdo things a little, I am no exception. But this is how we are and there is a group of people out there who appreciates the effort. We want our goods to be precise and accurate and they have to last forever. It is a weird perfectionist. People keep asking why we don’t keep it simple and some are even complaining about the attention to detail. Again, this is what you pay for, a high end product which costs more than others because of the effort put into it. You pay the effort. The other way around people complain about some simple and cost effective solution which are supposed to fulfill their purpose only, regardless of being perfect. There is a niche for every product, no matter if simple and cost efficient or well detailed. It is like with cars, some just want to drive from a to be, others want to drive in a Lamborgini from a to b.
For the people who speak badly or even complain about a certain product: Stop it! Be happy that someone sacrifices his time to create something nice that people want. Be happy about each person who invents something new to give you the choice between not only 2 purchasing options but 10.