I like challenge.
Life is boring if there is no challenge. It is a game.
For instance, let us just have a look at our wiper blades . Though it is just a small piece of auto part, but do we really need to pay $20-30 for a pair?
It is not about money. It is about supply chain optimization.
As an ordinary end user, a 8-dollar high quality wipers seems impossible. Remember, I am not talking about those junk quality products. As in most stores, the high quality blades are sold at over $16, better brand and longer size one could be sold @ 23.99. If you have ever buy one, you should know it. Moreover, if you get your wiper blades replaced in those stores/maintenance shop, you may have to pay labor plus tax, one guy told me he paid more than $60 for a pair of wiper blades.
Do we have power to negotiate or talk about price? No. I cannot. Did you try?
But on the other hand, theoretically it should be possible to lower down the cost significantly. You know, if we weigh the wipers, it is less than 1 kg, roughly, cost of 0.5 kg steel plus rubber should be less than $0.75, plus manufacturing cost, it should be less than $1.50.
Actually you may realize that the crazy cost driver lies in delivery. Check with those trucking company or a courier on what cost of delivery from downtown to your home, the cost could be $10 to $15. So even if the wiper itself cost 0 dollars, you still have no chance to get a wiper blades of $6.00.
At the moment, it seems there is no solutions. But I have confidence, I believe the power of internet, power of social network, I believe if everyone work together, we can achieve it!