posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 06:23 PM
True... but how hard would it be to arrange for you to "win" a TV, clock or other item at a store opening, 1 millionth customer prize, company
picnic, raffle or other such things?
But then again, manufactoring specification could call for a specific "LED" that was a guarded manufactoring secret. While not a huge secret not
many people are aware that the computer control chip in their car can be replaced with one that has higher performance specs (police edition/package
vehicles) or more fuel ecconomical (hyper-miler mods).
Many of the different fan and resistor banks (part of dynamic braking systems on locomotives) call for different bolts that are the same other than
length, yet overall the same bolt could be universally as the location would not interfer with any mechanical nor electrical operation. Yet we build
to specs despite the cost saving a universal use bolt would have...same with different diameter washers on those bolts for the various models. We even
have two models that are absolutely identical in every detail except the model number and a $4000 increased price of one of the models. Even the
nameplates are the same except for the model number which is stamped on it.
GM does the same thing with the different makes and models of cars, like the alternator in a Caddy costs more than a Buick or Chrysler, yet they are
the same part other than a different nameplate.