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sdc100 wrote:The answer is simple.
1) Sales are heavily influenced by advertising. When was the last time you saw any advertising for heavy duty or zinc carbon batteries? A lot of young people don't even know they exist. And many places don't even stock them.
2) As you can see the the Energizer chart, alkalines usually last only a bit more than 2x as much as heavy duties (zinc chloride). Yet many places charge 3-4x as much for alkalines. That generally means higher profit for alkalines since the manufacturing cost is not 3-4x higher. So of course there'll be a push to promote and sell them.
3) For many applications, it's simply more convenient to have a longer lasting battery, regardless of value. Two examples are wall clocks and smoke detectors. People simply don't like have to reach the ceiling or high wall to change change batteries. That doesn't mean that heavy duties aren't a better value.
4) Cameras do not insists on alkalines. In fact, most recommend NiMH or lithium because they have a better discharge profile. As for older cameras recommending alkalines over heavy duty batteries, the reason is simple: They last longer. Do you think camera companies like having their customers complain about changing batteries frequently? Indeed, one of the major criteria used in reviews is battery life. Fewer battery changes make their camera look good -- especially since it doesn't cost them anything to insist on alkalines. It seems pretty obvious to me.
So how long have you been working for Fuji battery division, or is it Woot you work for?
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