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 -