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No Holiday Savings!
I enjoyed OFF-ROAD's recent article, Holiday Gifting Guide (January '10 issue).
My hat is once again off to the maker of the featured tree strap in the said holiday article. Once again, Warn has succeeded in offering a simple, typical off-road device (this time a tree strap) at a ridiculously inflated price. $82 for a tree strap? Yeah, good one.
The reason I thank them, however, is that, as a result of their corporate greed, other comparable, reliable and durable off-road products have sprung up all over the marketplace to offer the real-world wheeler competitive products at a reasonable cost. Example? How about a $300, 8,000-pound winch. Yeah, it's made in China, but so what? Everything else is, too. Smittybilt offers this series wound, high horsepower motor and fast line speed winch for a low price. I recently purchased one along with an Ultimate Air portable tank. Let's see, the savings here over Warn's PowerPlant? Oh, about $1,000.
As for tree straps, they're all over Ebay starting at $10. And we're talking brand names, here, with the same features as the Warn product. And have you ever priced a recovery kit? Take out a second mortgage.
Jason, I cannot answer or speak for anyone at Warn, but I can make an argument that, generally, the more money you pay for an item, the better quality the item is. Of course, that's not always the case, and there is the possibility of corporate greed adding to inflated prices, but you could also be paying a higher cost for a product made in the USA. It's too bad that many U.S. companies and industries have to have their products made overseas to stay competitive in the market, and I'm sure every one of them would rather sport a "Made in USA" label.
But no matter what, I'm all for "speaking your mind," so yours is our Letter of the Month and you're getting hooked up with some Local Clothing to help save some cash for those off-road parts!
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