Originally Posted by Crumble View postContrary to popular opinion, the world does not always revolve around the USA. AKA has a fair bit of metal detecting history although mostly in eastern European countries.
These AKA guys need to take a business class. Nobody in America is going to pay what I assume is $1,200 (not $12,000), for a detector that nobody knows about, by a company that nobody knows about. They need to start by selling their detectors for cheap, to get them in the hands of people and get reviews out there, then they can increase the prices.
I would buy one (the multi-frequency type) for maybe $500, but I'm not spending over $1,000 for a metal detector that nobody can vouch for, and has to be sent to Russia for warranty work.
You can't charge the prices of Minelab or Whites, until you have the popularity of Minelab or Whites.
This detector does have me interested, but the price is wayyyy too high.
What they charge in their chosen markets is their decision, but you are correct, at that price point they would have a steep entry barrier into the US market. However, if (big if) it turns out to be a far superior machine to the Minelab machine, then it will sell for that application, as small a market as it may be at that price point.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we should cut them some slack and give them a chance to prove what this new technology is and what it can do. In the end, the market will decide what it is worth.