Yesterday was a genuinely shocking day for me with EnVisions announcement of their open contract priced at $150 per month, $9k every 5 years, $18k every 10 years with no ownership or promise of hardware refreshes.
Even now, thinking about these snakes slithering around trying to find a way of sinking their fangs into public, government and charity money while pretending to be oh so virtuous gives me such a strong feeling of disgust, sadness and vulnerability that I wanted to start a thread to see if we could come up with some ideas about how to expose these predatory behaviours and ensure nobody is ever stupid enough to show up with such an obvious con job ever again. In short, Yesterday we told them to G.T.F.O. But applevis is probably not where they were expecting to sell their latest innovation in significant numbers. I think they understand most blind people don’t have $150 a month to throw around but I bet they know who does.
Getting a pair of EnVision Glasses onto Little Timmy’s face for his first day in school is where I think the bulk of business was expected to come from. A fixed price, cancel at any time, fully supported contract is exactly what education, business, charity and government buyers are looking for. No obligation, no hassle, ongoing support and low downtime. EnVision were only too happy to cater for that part of the market that doesn’t value money but does value 0 hassle and 0 obligation.
So now Poor little blind Timmy starts school with his new EnVision glasses and the money starts rolling into EnVisions pockets and it just doesn’t stop. In fact it gets better and better over time.
Once the Initial cost of hardware is paid off, Let’s call it somewhere between $400 - $1500. It’s all just gravy. The gravy train is an ugly place to base a business but more importantly I don’t want little Timmy to be an access point, a teat that EnVision can suckle on.
Does anyone have any ideas how to stop companies like EnVision, Aira and Vispero among others engaging in these obviously predatory practices?
yesterday we came together, threw EnVision out the door and told them not to let it hit them in the behind on the way out. I was so proud. Their pricing was so outrageous that we didn’t even hear that uncertain voice. We always hear that uncertain voice but not yesterday.
If EnVision want to sell their product at a fair price then good luck to them, If they would like to come back with a subscription that promises new hardware and ongoing costs for themselves then fine but yesterdays offer of putting something on Timmy’s face in return for slithering a hosepipe into public finances and taking a drink every month in perpetuity, No way. Timmy won’t allow it. He’s going to stand up for himself and tell these ghoul’s he’s not an access point to a lifetime of free money.
I am currently organising publicity on YouTube and trying a couple of other routes into mainstream media, does anyone have any other ideas of how to spread the rejection of these behaviours.
We aren’t a niche market. We are a captive market. If someone wants to show up with a fair product at a fair price then good luck to them. I’m interested in what they have to say and I wish them success in their business and thank them for trying to make blind peoples lives better but we have to stop the ugly side of this industry.
We deserve better.