Thread: An Epiphany
08-16-2002, 04:15 PM #1Disabled
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n. pl. e·piph·a·nies
1. - A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
2. - The thing one gets while watching his/her server monitor light up like a pinball machine for the umpteenth time in as many weeks.
The epiphany, in this particular case, is multi-faceted. It is realizing why none of the major players have machines with the budget dedicated server providers. It is realizing how I let myself be conned by a salesman with a rack full of brand-name servers at rock-bottom prices. It is realizing that any company whos target market is the bottom-feeder crowd is utterly incapable of understanding the needs of a client such as myself whos goal it is to ultimately establish a place for his company among the Tera-Bytes and Hostmatters of the world.
As a relatively new start-up, I don't have enough customers yet that I'm losing thousands of dollars a day. What I do have, however, is something that's much more valuable to me - my reputation, and the reputation of the company I'm trying to build. Want an example? Just ask *********, ******, and ********** how easy it is to overcome a bad reputation in this business. As enticing as the prospect of netting $3,000/mo per server may be, it's simply not worth the risks involved.
I'm fortunate in that I'm a fast learner, and I can make a change now with very little residual damage other than the several hundred bucks I'm out for the servers. In the context of the big picture however, it was a very, very small price to pay for an incredibly valuable lesson.
Last edited by Some Sock; 08-16-2002 at 04:21 PM.
08-16-2002, 04:17 PM #2
08-16-2002, 04:34 PM #3Web Hosting Master
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Unfortunately the world isn't so simple that, on the other hand, expensive necessarily and always translates to "good."
But your main point is sound: there's much more to consider when shopping for a provider than how to maximize the on-paper profit you'll make by subtracting the lowest price you can find for a server from the amount you expect to be paid from your customers. A smaller margin can be offset by stability and longevity.Specializing in SEO and PPC management.
08-16-2002, 06:50 PM #4Web Hosting Master
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Re: An EpiphanyOriginally posted by Some Sock
[B]I'm fortunate in that I'm a fast learner, and I can make a change now with very little residual damage other than the several hundred bucks I'm out for the servers. In the context of the big picture however, it was a very, very small price to pay for an incredibly valuable lesson.Annette
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