America's most profitable products

Brand power and massive scale help these companies charge a hefty premium for their flagship products, creating enviable profit margins.

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Jun 18, 2014 7:51AM
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All you clowns knocking Harley riders, and trying to lump them all into gang members are full of ignorance and  stupidly.
Jun 18, 2014 8:10AM
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Maybe we wouldn't have to have loud pipes if ya all would get off the cell phone and pay attention to whats going on outside of your little cage.
Jun 18, 2014 9:31AM
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The most profitable group in America is our corrupt Congress who is exempt from insider trading laws because they make the laws that feed their pockets. And since we elect them we deserve whatever they do to us
Jun 18, 2014 8:36AM
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Wow! Two of my favorites on the list.......Jack and Coke! Separate or together......
Jun 18, 2014 9:12AM
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Harley-Davidson might be sitting pretty as of now, but more and more Harley buyers, myself included, have given up on their motorcycles. Why? Because of the failure-prone camshaft timing chains & chain tensioners in H-D's "Twin Cam" engines. The plastic "shoes" on the tensioners wear out quickly, sometimes in as little as 10,000 miles. When this happens, bits of plastic and steel clog the oil passages, leading to catastrophic engine failure. Now for the worst part... H-D will NOT cover this engine damage, even if it happens while the bike is still covered by the factory warranty! When a customer brings the bike to a dealership for engine repairs (or most often, complete engine replacement), the dealer will simply say the damage was caused by lack of maintenance, and that the customer must pay out-of-pocket for any repairs. 

Now for the good news... if your friends who ride Harley's "big twins" laughed at you when you bought a Sportster, now you can have the last laugh, because this problem doesn't happen with Sportster engines, only the big-bike Twin Cam engines.

Personally, I've stopped riding my Twin Cam Springer Softail, just to make sure it will still run when I trade it in for a new Indian Chief. If I'm lucky, I might get $2000 for it as a trade-in, even though it's in great condition. Why? Because nobody wants a bike that will self destruct in less than 10,000 miles.
Jun 18, 2014 8:13AM
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Well it's no wonder they are more profitable, they cost more than many new cars!
Jun 18, 2014 3:52AM
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well no wonder Harley is on here , they got rid of lots of fulltime people in York PA and replaced them with temps
Jun 18, 2014 7:52AM
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All I mean All H.D. accessories Made in CHINA!!

and bikers think it cool stuff LMFAO!!

More of a Honda made in U.S.A.

Jun 18, 2014 9:13AM
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At least when you buy a Harley they hold their value. My 06 softail I bought new in 2006 for $14600.00. 8 years later it still brings $10000.00. As far as toys go, it doesn't get any better. try that with your rice burner!!!!!!!!! 
Jun 18, 2014 8:30AM
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I know insurance is not a tangible product, but insurance companies would be at the top of this list if you considered what they offer to be a product. Their margins make the ones on this list look small! Why do you think Warren Buffett buys up insurance companies?
Jun 18, 2014 10:15AM
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makes no diff what a person rides just enjoy the ride ppl
Jun 18, 2014 8:30AM
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Harley's, like almost everything else in Amerika has become a rich mans toy. The only reason we import rice burners is so the peasantry has somewhat of a choice. Won't be too much longer before the peasantry will be damn lucky to own an old used bicycle.
Jun 18, 2014 4:17AM
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Harley's product revenue is $4.1 million?  At which dealership?
Jun 18, 2014 6:48AM
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Article says Harleys revenue rose from 4.9 Billion to 5.3 Billion. That's Billion not million. Apples 41% profit is like printing money.
Jun 18, 2014 8:22AM
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Harley? Over priced . Over rated Not the only decent motoercycle out there to bey @ ride.
Jun 18, 2014 7:47AM
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Were you drunk when you wrote this MSN  4.1 million is nothing.
Jun 18, 2014 7:15AM
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Live in an area with lots of bikes. Love the Harley mentality... Harley hat, Harley T, Harley boots and Jeans, Harley underwear and the famous Harley snarl on the face of another rugged "individualist".
Jun 18, 2014 9:16AM
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Each of those products is habit forming and may kill you.
There's money in addiction.

Jun 18, 2014 6:41AM
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For Harley Davidson Did You Mean $4.1 Billion

 

Because $4.1 Million Is What Most Harley Dealerships Do In One Month

 

 

Jun 23, 2014 6:48PM
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I own Harleys and also know about the business model used.  The article does not detail where Harley's profit margin comes from.  Believe it or not, it's not from the bikes.  Harley does little more than break even on bikes most years.  The money it makes comes mostly from licensing agreements on products it sells - mainly clothing and accessories.  What happens is a Harley fan buys a new bike, then spends big dollars getting upgrades and accessories.   And, they've just gotta have that $600 official Harley leather jacket and several official Harley shirts.  It adds up fast.
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