Is The Diamond System Broken?
Rob Bates from JCK wrote a very good article titled “The Diamond Selling System Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?”
The focus of Rob’s article was very much on the relationship between mining and manufacturing, and the possibilities of developing possible variations of the rational way the two interact. Whether it’s a site, a tender, a cost plus method, increasing credit terms and outright negotiation on each purchase and so on the article concluded correctly that information is so readily available and so quick to get to the market that this in itself impacts on prices, and therefore the need for greater transparency by miners to the market about how they price could go a long way in improving the status quo.