Originally Posted by Maverick
It's called AMERICAN GREED!!! The only thing they are good at fixing is their wallets!
It's actually called Capitalism. In a free-market society, (of which the U.S.A. is still part of), the purpose of business is to earn profit.
At a gross profit of 14.8% Thor is actually far below the companies that manufacture automobiles, soap and shampoo, and pharmaceuticals, (for example), and would not qualify as a good investment by many savvy investors.
With the introduction of Lean production methods, automation, and continuous improvement, automobile manufacturer's typically operate at a 25% gross profit. It actually costs less to manufacture an ordinary car/suv/truck today than it did to make a Model-T off of Henry Ford's assembly line.
Soap and shampoos are typically up to 80% water. You can easily see where the profit is there.
The pharmaceutical industry is legalized thievery, IMHO. Some companies operate at 3000%, (anything over 100% is mathematically "improper", but lets just say they sell their wares for at least 30x what it costs to design/make/market), gross profit.