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Forgot to post this yesterday. I went to one of my area Simplicity dealers. Was looking at the Conquest and Prestige there. He brought up the subject about Briggs & Stratton buying Simplicity Mfg.. He did seem alittle concerned about it. His main concern is what if they start selling Simplicity's in the "big box" stores. It would hurt his sales fiercely. Hopefully this won't happen. Briggs said it won't, but you never know.

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In a world where most people have never heard of Simplicity or A/C but everyone knows John Deere it would seem to me they need a little push with box store sales if the product is not cheapened up.New car dealers don't make money on new cars.They make it in parts(40%)service(300%) and trade-ins(100%).The Simplicity dealer in my area the list on the tractor is the list and he won't budge.He would rather make $1500.00 on one unit than $750.00 on two.Without sales quotas by the factory the dealers from I can see became old and antiquated.I see from the club that people all over the country buy from Sandy Lake because they have the stuff and seem to be aggressive and at the same time helpful.By me there are 2 JD dealers.One has about 100 pieces of equipment that the homeowner can use while the other guy doesn't even have 10.Guess who does all the business.One operation is clean and modern and the other old way behind the times.Again guess which one is which.I think it is Simplicity's job to get as many units sold as possible.Whatever it takes as long as it is the same quality machine and they don't have to take a bath to do it.With Brigg's dominance of the air cooled engine market I really think they can be pushed around.It's better for everyone.Someone mention about a backlash against Briggs that manufacturers might buy from Kohler or Honda.I don't know about Kohler but Honda makes lawn mowers,tractors,generators etc.and they don't seem to be ashamed about their name on a complete product they manufacture.I feel good about the whole thing because in this day and age with all the foreign products flooding our market it is such a relief to see an old American company moving ahead and doing so well!!!!!

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