7. Standards - pros and cons

Advantages of standards Disadvantages of using a manufacturer who does not follow the standards
More choice from a variety of manufacturers Once you have purchased your equipment you are locked into that manufacturer
Lower prices and better technical development You have to go to a specialist retail outlet to purchase the equipment and peripherals. They are not so easily available as equipment which follows the standards
Not locked into one manufacturer You cannot sensibly compare equipment as they use different standards
Can be purchased from many retail outlets There is a lack of price competition which can result in higher prices
Able to compare equipment performance from different manufacturers There may be less encouragement for technical development due to fewer competitors.
Devices will work together  
Can be mended or serviced by a number of companies  
Easy to find alternative equipment  



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