Hi Kristin, I truly hope that you don’t feel I was badmouthing you. That certainty is not the intent. I have worked with you in the past. You were awesome to deal with. I believe Elite bows may be the finest bows made and I hope they become one of the big three.
I live in the Twin Cities and Elite only has one dealer in the metro area. This is an area of 3 million people. Unless something has changed recently your sole dealer in the Twin Cities metro area is a bum. If I purchase Mathews or BowTech I have a choice of a dozen plus dealers, some of who are very good. The point is I have a choice and I am not forced to purchase from a bum.
What I am stating is I prefer my next bow be a Elite, however if through protected areas, I am forced to use the sole Elite dealer in the Twins Cities metro area my next bow will be from a dealer that is not a bum. What I am recommending is that if a dealer wants protected status they should be required to sell a certain number of bows in a given time period. This would give the dealer an incentive to actively sell Elites and to provide a high level of customer service. If they don’t actively sell or support Elite bows why should we be forced to purchase from them?
Hold the dealers to the same pricing and let the customer go where they want internet included. If you build a bow that people want you don’t need protected areas for the dealers. The dealers will line up for the privilege of selling your product.