thedeli wrote: school would have to somehow guarantee full capacity.
That's exactly why Nova raked in tons of dough to become the biggest chain, and also why they failed.
Basically Nova was doing the same thing as selling 200 1-week time share contracts for a ski resort condo even though
there are only 52 weeks in a year, and most people only want to book in the 12 weeks or so of the ski season.
And for a long time, they got away with it.
I assume doing that is illegal in most countries. But in eikaiwa-land it's perfectly legal, until enough people complain.
METI could have just made a regulation calling on schools to guarantee they have the capacity to handle x% of their students'
free lesson scheduling requests. But that would be easy to fudge the numbers on.
"Free schedule system" should be the #1 warning sign to NOT join a school, especially one that DOES guarantee a class size limit of
only 4 or 5 students. It's insane.
Schools can sign up as many students as they can with no concern about fitting them into the schedule.
A fixed schdeule system is a handicap to legitimate eikaiwas, which have to turn away students who can't fit into the lesson schdeule.
[Although there are plenty of tricks to squeeze them in somehow by level ups and such.]
Fixed schedules also give a reluctant student who is weak against sales talks an "out", by lying about their own schdeule
not matching the school lesson schedule. Nova's masterful scheme doesn't give anyone that excuse. "You can book a lesson ANYTIME!"
and thus might yield more money from weak-willed people. It also gives people fewer options when trying to quit a contract.
They can't use the "I'm busy at work and can't schdeule lessons" excuse as easily. "You can book lessons ANYTIME!" is the counter.
[Though the easy counter-counter is "No. I can't book a lesson any time. I tried. Give me my money back you lying fuck."]
One can understand why G.Con would want to continue such a system, but doesn't explain why METI would let them, or any eikaiwa, do it,
except just ignorance [or bribes].
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