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I'm sure the Logistics chief at LCU is getting a nice pat on the back for each car that has been "stuck" in the warehouse, "backlogged" for waiting transport carriers, "delayed" for delivery, held up for "truckers on strike", or just stalling around because they're so understaffed..

Well, there's a $945 bonus for each one of those cars.

Cool how that works, eh?

Wish my job was like that.. "Since we let you down and didn't delivery anywhere close to when we promised, it has given us time to reevaluate our pricing and generate a new deal.. To serve you better, we have decided to charge more for everything we haven't delivered as of... midnight today."
 

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Ain't that the truth... a 'F*CKUP BONUS'!!!

Brilliant! The last people that pulled that one off were Dennis Kozlowski (Tyco) and Ken Lay (Enron).

Sometimes it makes me sad to be an Englishman. You can kinda see why we used to rule the world and now we're a friggin' theme park and/or nuclear waste reprocesssing plant for the rest of the world.

When it comes to business, business PLANNING and customer service, we surely haven't a clue.

Roll on the next 5 years so I can burn my passport.

:rolleyes:
 

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Well, there's a $945 bonus for each one of those cars.

Cool how that works, eh?

My first inclination was that perhaps the exchange rate, or worry over it, may have been behind the move by Lotus. If the dollar devalues, then even though we pay the same, they get less in pound sterling.

See the following graph as to how quickly the cost of a pound sterling rose for us Yanks between August last year and March of this year: from $1.57 to $1.90 in 6 months

<img src="http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/dollar-recent.gif">

If the pound's cost (in dollars) continued to climb at the rate shown in this graph, today a pound would cost well over $2.

So what is the cost of a pound today?

Here it is for Sept 1: Sterling was weaker at $1.7935

Here' the source. http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/breaking/breakingnewsarticle.asp?feed=OBR&Date=20040901&ID=3947829

So, actually, <b>the dollar is stronger now than in March by about 10 cents, and about 25 cents stronger than it would've been if that rate of increase had continued</b>, so I'm less inclined to disagree with your assessment now.

There may, however, be other costs we are not privy to, such as inventory taxes that Lotus is stuck paying (they still have such things in less market friendly countries you know) simply because they couldn't get their cars out of the country soon enough.

For the most part, if the price gets too high, I suspect I can back out of my deal because California consumer protection is a bitch for biz most of the time. I just don't think the price increase is as sure a good bet for Lotus or its dealers as the more cynical amongst us would be inclined to believe.

Cool off, and then decide -- it won't help you to feel screwed even if you are.

I am not the author of this, so it's likely correct: " Revenge is best when served up cold." ;)

Gil

P.S. -- I know, why bother with rational calculation when it's so much more fun to feel screwed. :rolleyes: So, at worst, I wasted my time posting this. I'm getting screwed too, but it may simply be the inevitability of dealing with an English company that has always had business difficulties.

On the brightest side, I think it's a good thing none of us must trade places with the bean counters at Lotus this week. :D
 

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I agree 100%, and that was one of the first things that popped into my mind when this happened. My car was delayed because of the LSS.

"how convenient" :rolleyes:

Whatever though... I'll buy my car and never give another penny to Lotus again as long as I live. I'll make sure all of my friends who might have considered purchasing a Lotus in the future know what it's like to do so. I'll make a point to be a pain in the ass customer and make warranty claims for every single little rattle and quirk that I would have otherwise just accepted as part of owning a Lotus. I'll purchase all of my replacement parts (consumables) from 3rd party suppliers, and all of my performance mods from aftermarket suppliers.

Aren't you glad you got that extra $1k out of me now, Lotus? I hope so, because I'm going to do everything I can to get my money's worth. That $1k didn't hurt me financially, but I'll do whatever I can to make it hurt Lotus.

Call me a spoiled American if you want, tell me to stop whining, etc... I don't like bending over and having large objects jammed up my ass. If you do, that's your own problem... so don't involve me.

All together: "but Lotus is a small company!"

Poor Johnny English and Mr. Hole - what ever will they do...
 

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If we're not careful Randy is going to have to start sending out those nerf baseball bats so we can all whack each other over the head a few times and get this all out of our systems. :D

Calm down folks! This too shall pass!
 

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OneFastLotus said:
If we're not careful Randy is going to have to start sending out those nerf baseball bats so we can all whack each other over the head a few times and get this all out of our systems. :D

Calm down folks! This too shall pass!
Hey, thats a great idea. This probably belongs in the what lotus should do to make up thread, but I personally would feel a lot better if lotus invited all of us deposit holders over to LCU HQ to whack the management team upside the head a few times. The sight of 2,000 angry deposit holders going at Mr. Hale would be worth the extra grand, even if they were nerf bats. :D
 
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