Babolat ....Mon Dieu !

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by classic tennis, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. classic tennis

    classic tennis Semi-Pro

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    Had lunch with an old industry work mate yesterday who is still in the "biz" in France and he assured me that all Babolat "top team" player racquets are being custom made by a leading French Ski company......mon dieu !
     
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  2. smirker

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    Sacre bleu, c'est pas possible! Rossingol peut-etre?
     
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  3. classic tennis

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    désolé qui dirait........he would kill moi !
     
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  4. smirker

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    Je comprends, pas de probleme!
     
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  5. classic tennis

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    il ya seulement quelques-uns qui peuvent.............now anyway;)
     
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  6. smirker

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    Ca m'etonne pas. HEAD a commence avec des skis en Autriche. Leurs racquets professionel sont toujours faits la, toutefois les racquet commerciels sont faits en Chine. Il me semble que Babolat a fait le meme chose.
     
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  7. classic tennis

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    Oui corriger !.............la seule raison pour produire en Chine est le coût. le coût est maintenant équilibrer et si elle est plus près d'obtenir vous pouvez voir revenir équipe de production, qui sera une bonne chose ...... pas d'usines plus dégoûtante en Chine!

    Better get back to English otherwise the natives will get restless.
     
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  8. smirker

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    Yes, indeed. We will be accused of speaking in code or something! Manufacturing of tennis equipment is an interesting subject and I do not necessarily see that manufacturing in China is a bad thing as it does help to keep costs down. looking back 20 years or so a good racquet was £150 which is pretty much what it costs today. Of course all manufacturers have molds and pro stock which they keep for their touring pro clients. I have no issue with that but it does annoy me when pros are purported to have "changed" to xyz new frame and how great it is when in fact they are still playing with the same old lump of graphite from a 20 yr old mold!

    It kind of takes the customers for mugs.
     
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  9. classic tennis

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    It does and they do, the break point for manufacturing in China now day's from what I was told yesterday is USD $35.00, when the manufacturing went to Taiwan,Thailand,Malaysia and China the exit price point from Europe was $37.00, it's almost on parity again and you dont have the problems with Child labour, IP leaking and poor QC......oh and you don't get screwed by the Chinese ! Material costs are the same wherever you are so it's only labour costs driving it.
     
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    It's not a big deal for you all to 'babel' in French. Just cut and paste into babelfish and it will translate the gist of your conversation.
     
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  11. smirker

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    No, true, but it wasn't actually necessary either and exactly top secret info! I don't get much of a chance to converse in french these days so when the opportuniy arose I took it.

    I am actually surprised that manufacturing a racquet costs that much, I am sure it is a lot less for tennis shoes?
     
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  12. tistrapukcipeht

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    Totally expected, the ones they sell are terrible, I could not imagine a Pro player playing with the hollow babolat stiff feel racquet, that's the worst I ever tried from everything if I feel they're really bad I wonder what the Pros think about it, well, to each their own.
     
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  13. floide

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    Exactly my opinion. :)
     
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  14. classic tennis

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    That's about the size of it :neutral:
     
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