Agree with Carvesalot.
Poster #14 if you don't want to pay such a high price, wait a few months and you will have 25% discount on a new board, or buy second hand, or get one of those cheap ASA boards from BIC (made in France, BTW). Otherwise don't complain. Nobody forces you to spend so much money. It's really up to you.
Now if the question is about monopoly/oligopoly, I would say that [one factory - many brands] is probably better than [many factories - one brand] at least for the workers, and probably for customers as well. Maybe not an ideal situation but it brings some economy of scale, and there is still room for competition through design. If there was only SB (or Ford) yes it could be very bad, but it's not yet the case.
Last edited by Farlo; 23rd September 2010 at 07:01 PM.