Source: Tesla Motors
quote: Middlemen do exist for pretty much all products.
quote: ...is there a law that requires it? No.
quote: In all cases, the middleman increases the cost to the consumer - by necessity. Not having a middleman, at a bare minimum, benefits the consumer by not causing his price to increase.
quote: Completely disagree. If there is no law requiring a middleman and a middleman exists, then they exist because they are lowering prices.
quote: The middleman serves a purpose only for logistics...and in that equation, he necessarily raises the cost to the consumer.
quote: Logistics is the beginning and ending of why middlemen exist. Saving money for the consumer does not, in any way, figure into that equation.
quote: All I see Tesla as needing to do is issue a franchise agreement to themselves.
quote: A middleman increases cost because it has to.
quote: When you go to a farmers market and buy a melon from the farmer himself for 25% of the cost of the same melon at Cub Foods, you saved 75% because there was no middleman -
quote: The credible reason for keeping auto dealers local is to keep auto sales profit local.
quote: In case you have completely missed it, this argument is about letting the manufacturers run the dealerships
quote: Any savings that would come about for the consumer would only be temporary while they run the locals out of business. Once firmly in the monopoly it is likely prices would rise as corporate could control local competition.
quote: No...as a matter of fact, no such thing has been uttered until you did just now. This categorically isn't about letting manufacturers run dealerships - it's about whether or not a state should *require* dealerships in order to sell cars there at all.
quote: What monopoly?