The way I see it is if we get enough demand for products with poor quality that are discounted then Eve will not be as encouraged to create perfect Vs. That isn’t a way to run manufacturing. First of all, I am not assuming Eve team will ever get this lax.
We have a few people right now saying that they want a discounted V that has problems in it, but there are surely many more who would go this route in less fortunate situations as myself. To be honest, even I would like to buy a discounted V with a scratch and broken cam, as I could just hand it off to my parents since their computer is breaking down and they wouldn’t care.
But that is not what I think is best for Eve.
Let’s say I buy a faulty Eve V and take it to school. Someone says “wow nice cool new computer where’d you get it from? how much?” "Oh I got it from a company called Eve and this one is faulty so I got it for a discount."
Now V is associated with being a discount cheap computer. It does not take much for bad impressions to be made, and as a hopefully lifelong supporter of Eve I absolutely do not want this brand to start off with a rocky start because it can make a few bucks handing out a couple of computers to people who want to save a little more EVEN IF THAT PERSON IS ME!!!
Secondly, it takes VERY little to prevent the media from going out of control and misrepresenting a situation. This is exactly what could happen to Eve through bad Vs. Let’s say 1 article is published bashing a faulty V but the title is meant to be click bait so it doesn’t mention that it is a faulty one. Instantly people see the title make their judgements and many will not even bother to read the article or verify.
"But some faulty Vs are already going out to reviewers and media personalities!"
Yes, they are, with undoubtedly very small defects and notes clarifying what those defects are.
"So just do the same for people who want to pay less"
Continue reading to conclusion.
Again, I too want to pay less for the V. You do not know my financial situation or that of my parents so don’t think you can just read into one comment on a forum and psychologically analyze me. I want it for free. But that’s not feasible unfortunately.
How much will the people save on their faulty V?
How will this affect the brand?
These two questions define the whole topic.
So, how much more will they save on their V? They probably won’t save much, let’s be honest. Eve already has pretty slim margins, they would probably have to give it out for essentially the price of construction to drop it any lower, and why should they? They need to eat too.
How will the brand be affected? Best case scenario, no one hears a thing. Worst case scenario, everyone hears that this company produces computers with little care for quality as it can just throw the poor quality ones out for a little less. Then Eve is not associated with quality anymore, and I know that this is not true even a little. Eve Team has shown us how hardcore into the smallest parts of the design the went to make this device even a little better for us. They deserve more than being labeled the cheap surface pro. This should be the better Surface Pro. And that is the right of Eve Team. They made this product and they do deserve the right to decide in what condition it will be sold. It’s up to them.
Conclusion: In the end it is not worth the money to have Eve be associated with poor quality. The media people that are already selected by community will be able to get the word out of the V and that is a service they are providing as advertising. Handing out cheap Vs won’t help Eve and the discount will hardly help the people buying them realistically.
The risk does not outweigh the reward in my opinion, and this is coming from someone who would consider buying one himself if he thought it would be good for the Eve.
Team has put so much effort into this community and product. These are their babies. And if they want to throw their faulty babies away like the Spartans from 300 then I am okay with that.