Did you pick up some Rover shares at the time?
I bet you did, so why don't you share your advice on that as well.
The similarities are striking. Rover was a "dead man walking" for a long time, but kept afloat by the grey hair brigade and "I will buy made in Britain" mentality. Nokia smartphone have been kept similarly afloat by the Microsoft/Apple/Android refuseniks brigade.
The moment Rover announced that its next car will be an Indian rebadge and made in India it sales dropped to virtually 0 and it was dead in 3 months. Trust me it will be extremely entertaining to watch the next few Q analyst calls with Nokia and how they will be trying to explain the dive in their sales figures and market share.
The primary cost in _ANY_ established competitive market is the customer acquisition cost. If you got a recurring customer you should sing Halleluya instead of treating it like this: http://www.despair.com/service.html
That however is probably too difficult of a concept for a chickin wing peddlar who has gotten his "big company" epaulettes from force-feeding unwanted new releases to captive customers in a monopoly market.
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