HEARING AIDS-PRIVATE LABEL-FRANCHISED BRANDS
Why would and Independent Hearing Aid Dispenser, or any other privately owned business owner, choose to identify with a specific brand of hearing aid, and legally obligate themselves to do so?
What are the advantages to the Dealer and what if any, are the disadvantages?
What are the Advantages, if any, to the Consumer?
The Advantages to the Consumer, as far as I am aware, and I invite such Dealers to enter this debate,are NONE. May I repeat: THERE ARE NO ADVANTAGES TO THE CONSUMER TO BUY A PRIVATE LABEL OR RESTRICTED BRAND, OR A FRANCHISHED BRAND OF HEARING AID.
IN MY OPINION, THERE ARE ONLY DISADVANTAGES.
The disadvantages are,that the hearing aid has to be returned to only the Dealer that sold the hearing aid or someone of the same ilk.
Such Dealers can create any policy they want, charge any price they want, adopt any procedure they want, without any consideration of Competition.They can charge whatever they want to replace the Hearing Aid under the Loss & Damage Provision of the Hearing Aid Warranty. They can charge whatever they want to repair their Hearing Aids, because no Independent Hearing Aid Office can compete, since the Software to adjust the Hearing Aids after repair, is not available to Independent Hearing Aid Offices from the Private Brand or Private Label or Franchised Hearing Aid Offices, such as Miracle-Ear,Beltone,NuEar,Audibel,SONUS,or HearX.
Without Competition, the Consumer is at the mercy of the privledged Dispensers, and historically, they have shown no mercry.
The only reason they participate in Restricted or Private Label Products Distribution, is the elimination of Competition.
The elimination of Competition is the worst case scenario for any industry and any product. It provides and opportunity for corruption and dishonesty. It encourages greed and dishonesty.
No one should support or encourage the elimination of competition in the Free-Market
The Free-Market, is what distinguishes America from every other Country in the World, and I would invite everyone to compare the economics of all the Countries in the World to the Economy of the United States.