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Posted by Jack Brown on June 27, 2005, 9:46 pm
Forget about the used market,  Has anyone started importing from China
yet?  I've checked out a few web sites but don't know where to find
them.  I figure they'll start coming in about 2/3 of domestic when
they start coming.


Posted by Solar Guppy on June 27, 2005, 10:04 pm
Why is that ? China they can sell them for what the Market will bear , no ?

They get more  per panel in Germany and or Spain , don't have to loss money
on the devalued dollar to boot.

Face it panels cost what they cost (about 4.30 watt today's price) and
nothing is happening to make this lower

The US dollar will continue to decline relative to other currency's , other
countries are increasing there demand and programs , the raw Silicon is in
Shortage for the foreseeable future.

Its not that Solar panels are expensive , it that we have become addicted to
cheap energy. Solar won't come down in price, the other forms of energy will
go up to show the true value in Solar , all of course is IHMO

Posted by John P Bengi on June 27, 2005, 10:42 pm
 Solar panels are expensive because of the market experienced by the dealers.
No product will survive with a pyrimid marketting scheme moving it. When the
panels are sold third hand the price will drop to about half or maybe less.
It is the foreign distributors, exporters,importers, importing agents,
distributors, warehousers and dealers that consume most of the money.

Can you say "exclusive rights"?

Posted by brian on June 30, 2005, 10:59 am

Posted by R.H. Allen on June 30, 2005, 5:29 pm
 brian wrote:

The manufacturing cost has little to do with the retail price. The
retail price is determined by what people will pay, nothing more. If
people won't pay what you're asking, you have to reduce your price, even
if that means selling at a loss, or resign yourself to not selling
anything. Since supply so greatly lags demand in the PV industry right
now, undercutting your competition on price only cuts into your own
profits without cutting into the competition at all. It will be
important a few years from now when supply catches up with demand, but
for now if a manufacturer reduces prices it only cuts into the capital
available for plant expansion.

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