Comments about ‘New Jersey's ban on direct sales of Tesla’s electric cars attempts to stifle market evolutions’

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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

So we are all for free enterprise until the competition gets too hot? That isn't capitalism, it's crony capitalism. It's good to have friends in high places to keep the competition out.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "Dragline" crony capitalism isn't the right term either. The correct term is Fascism.

South Burlington, VT

Take a poll. Ask all of the roughly 25,000 Tesla owners in the U.S. if they'd rather go back to the franchise version of buying and servicing a car. I've owned a Tesla Model S for one year, and I've owned a variety of other luxury cars in the past. Do I mind paying the full retail price for a Tesla? Absolutely not, just as I don't mind paying the full retail price for an Apple product. The "discount" one often gets at a car dealership is more than offset by the cost of service: a dealership's primary profit center. Tesla has a company policy against using service as a profit center. That's a sea change for consumers.

The idea that car dealerships "protect" the consumer from the manufacturer is exactly the opposite of the reality. Dealerships insulate auto manufacturers from the consumer. The recent ignition switch fiasco at GM would have been resolved much more quickly had GM been answering directly to the consumer. In contrast to this, Tesla responds immediately to feedback from car owners, and they address problems before the company lawyers or the government says they have to.

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