rb277170 wrote:Hattons are not stupid . While they may have been caught out by Bachman’s response when they initially decided to go for the 66 and supply models wholesale they certainly have had time to consider it , since Nov 2-18 in fact . They must have come to the conclusion that they can make more money on their wholesale operation and by commissioning models than by selling Bachmann . And when you look at the glacier like speed of Bachmann deliveries you can understand why.
If we look at the business ethos of both companies , one is supplying models at a discount to the consumer and introducing new choices . The other has increased prices dramatically in the last 5 years , at least 35% and in some cases much more than that , is restricting discounts to a max of 15% for initial sales period . I know which one I want to succeed.
I suspect that you are correct in assuming Hattons know what they're doing .
After waiting for years for the Farish J72, only to see it cancelled, Bachmann don't inspire me to pre-order anything they announce. Both Dapol and Bachmann/Farish have a track record for announcing product that never arrives, or as in the case of the Dapol class 142, takes far too many years to reach to reach the market. Eight full years if IIRC!
I have the Hattons Garratt on pre-order, due next year, so hopefully Hattons will buck the trend and bring it to market on time. If they can, then that truly could see a new and reliable manufacturer has arrived.