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Old 12-11-2012, 05:27 AM   #69
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Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
they still have access to the molds, i don't think cost is a factor at all from what i've been told.
It's not just about the molds. Its marketing not just one series, but more. These things cost money. Imagine all the prince rackets they have now right:

Rebel
95sq ported
95sq normal
98sq ported
98sq normal
100sq ported
100sq normal

Tour 100
95sq ported
95sq normal
98sq ported
98sq normal
100sq ported
100sq normal

Black
95sq ported
95sq normal
98sq ported
98sq normal
100sq ported
100sq normal

warrior
95sq ported
95sq normal
98sq ported
98sq normal
100sq ported
100sq normal

etc...

I don't think it will make sense to have the option of both ports or normal, on all models. Selected models, yes. Or a new more solid insert on all models, yes. Both on all models, no. There will be tons of stock left that the market segment will not fall into. In other words, a jack of all trades, master of none. They should specialise, and specialise well...

To use the exact same molds may just seem dumb to buy if there are not really improvements on the structure of the frame each time around. A new paint job and name will not cut it for me...

I think Prince needs a complete overhaul to be honest. They need to go back to their roots, take the best part of the past, and combine it with the best part of their present. And by this i do not mean just their actual rackets. I mean their whole marketing approach - their corporate identity so to speak. Their current "message" caters too much on new kids on the block, forgetting how many loyal players have been buying their frames for years.
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