Originally Posted by Sully2
The question I always ask is this.....What the hell difference WHERE the scope is made at as long as its 100% made correctly? Maybe made in Taiwan by off duty B-girls and if it isnt right THEN shipped to Po-Dunk California or wherever and corrected.
Some just whine their head off when they have a problem....but the fact is they whine about something not even related to their actual problem.
Whine, whine, whine
I have every brand here, at least the ones I can afford (Not S&B...lol)....
I've got everything from Trashco to Nikon and Leupold too.
My issue with Leupold is their cagey attitude on stating where it's made, like it's a big secret or something and I agree, it matters little (when you put it on the table, or bear it for all to see...) They don't. My other issue is mark-up (real or imagined). I'm in the manufacturing business and I'm acutely aware of percentage of markup as it relates to business profit. When I see Leupold offer their products to a select group at over 40% less than suggested retail, that sends up the red flag for me because I know they are still making a profit, even at the reduced price.
While I don't demean any company for making a profit, IMO, they should be a bit more forthright in their dealings with their customers. If the optics are made by Oriental B Girls, so be it, but state that. Don't be cagey.
On a lesser note, from what I can see, their quality on related parts is slipping (as evidenced) by my having to 'adjust' related parts of a Leupold mount system to get it to fit properly on a customers rifle. I don't consider machining burrs on packaged for retail sale parts acceptable from anyone, not just Leupold. Thats not quality control and certainly not ISO/QS standard procedure....
40 years ago. there weren't that many players in the optics field, now the field is loaded with players, all competing for the consumer dollar so the field has changed and become acutely competitive. Leupold needs to change their business credo, IMO.
No whine here. I buy what I want to, it's still my (fiat) currency.
No whine here, it's my money and I spend it as I see fit.
I see the optics business as a big shell game. 3 coconut halves and you guess whats under the coconut half. 2 are empty and one is a 'maybe'.