More Thoughts on Quality vs Quantity
I got to thinking of my conversation with my friend again and the quality versus quantity discussion. I recently attended a local bike show and had the opportunity to see the other side of the business. Not the side where I can forego quality and buy a cheaper imitation of a product, but instead, spend a bunch of my hard earned money for a bad product because it had someone’s name attached to it. I met a so called “master builder”, who shall remain nameless, and I was admiring a set of drag style handlebars that he was selling. They looked good and he told me about how he used DOM tubing and that they were TIG welded, and how he built the jigs for consistency and that they were personally designed by him, blah blah blah. What I didn’t understand was the $250 price tag for a set of drag bars. When I asked if that was the correct price he appeared to be a taken back by it. He said that that was a fair market price and that it was compatible with what was on the market and being offered by other builders. Now I didn’t tell him what I do for a living but I did have, what I thought was, a legitimate question about his $250 handlebars. You see, they had a noticeable indent near the weld groove where someone must have used a flap disk and ground into the steel too far. There were porosity holes in the weld seam showing through the powder coating. For the non welders out there, that means that the weld area was contaminated. ( that’s not a good thing) The fact that it was showing through the powder coat means that someone didn’t care at the point of prep, welding, or powder stage. But t they felt comfortable slapping a $250 price tag on it and saying that is a fair market price.
So I simply asked him in a naive tone what the holes showing through the powder coating meant and if that had anything to do the noticeable dent near the weld seam. Needless to say he seemed annoyed and walked away to talk to someone that was inquiring about one of his bikes. Now I’ve got no problem with people trying to make a living, but seriously, what kind of person turns out such a piece of crap and justifies the cost by saying that it is compatible with what is on the market? We all have overhead and the cost of equipment and supplies and I understand that we need to make a living, but seriously, have some pride in what you do and don’t stick it to someone just because you can.