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To preface what i say. i work in a home theater department ... Andyzspot
How many 22 y/o college students purchase $3300 amps? i thi ... Perkadin
Just learn to shop on audiogon. solve all those problems. :) Drew_w
I had my chance to buy my friends audioshop i looked into it ... Johnk
Move to denver co. we have many execelent shops in town. a ... Artizen65
Perkidin, at 24, when i purchased my first new porsche, the ... Dlstephenson
My experience with hi fi in nh was going into one of the few ... Mario_giberti
As a hi fi saleman of close to thirty years here's my take: ... Anacrusis
Burnout is a problem in all walks of professional life. i tr ... Lrsky
Larry, would your action be the same if the guy was wearing ... Rhljazz
I started working in an audio store when i was 16 years old. ... Cwlondon
Rhljazz, most assuredly!!! that is axiomatic for any good sa ... Lrsky
Cwlondon, i was only describing events--you've missed the po ... Lrsky
Lrsky again, i appreciate what i interpret to be your good ... Cwlondon
The reason that all the components he has heard sound within ... Mint604
it is a routine, isn't it? either that, or an urban legend ... Evita
Evita, i've been thinking the same thing but could not figur ... Macrojack
Yes, very well and elegantly stated - the "routine" is ultimately deceitful and manipulative itself. It is sad that people would feel the need to employ that behaviour themselves, and I also appreciate your response.
But on some level, I have to say that I have more empathy and side more with the chippy Porsche buyer, than the hi fi salesman who feels his rarified expertise is wasted when someone innocently asks for their cheap speakers to be repaired.
Because in my experience, there are far more chippy, patronizing, lazy "if you have to ask you can't afford it" salespeople then there are customers wearing disguises. Isnt that why we started this thread?
And those so called salespeople somehow graviate to high end audio stores in higher percentages than other industries which, in my opionion, is one of the reasons that our hobby is hopelessly stuck in a contracting, cottage industry, nobody gives a damn about it mode.
I can see how urban myth stories like this would get started, but your post also prompts a memory of a fellow banker who went into Bergdorf Goodman in midtown NYC with his slinky new younger girlfriend and was treated badly by the salesperson, he thought because he was wearing torn jeans. (Now this guy was not in "disguise", simply badly dressed and a bit of a slob. )
Well, his chippy reaction was to plunk down the Amex Card and buy a $100,000 sable coat for the babe. And in this instance I suppose the salesperson is rewarded despite being a jerk, and the customer is happy because he got to act like a bigshot?
But in the end, what high end audio needs is neither disguised, nor macho big spenders.
What the purveyors of our hobby need to do is a better job educating and delighting paying customers, a better job differentiating, branding, packaging and promoting their products, a better job bring the beauty of music and art into more peoples' lives, and to do all of this with a level of professionalism, charm, charisma, integrity and VIP red carpet service that justifies higher margins which will enable them to have a successful business.
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slinky new young girlfriends on the arm of a banker carry no ... Evita
Another issue that compromises this industry is the objectiv ... Macrojack
Excellent question, macrojack. i do see it going away, actu ... Boa2
Wow, this thread is amazingly grim. i've had great experien ... Mdhoover
Boa2, i believe you just demonstrated the distinction betwee ... Macrojack
Maybe at this point, we should all just hold hands and have ... Cwlondon
Done cheers steve Stevecham
Mdhoover, sorry for my part of the grim-fest. we happen to ... Boa2
I agree with cs. but as a consumer it's your job to find th ... Biomimetic
Funny and interesting thread. while i don't necessarily ag ... Kthomas
Think of stereo equip as a hill with an increasing slope, th ... Elevenzero1
I visited a stereo shop in orange county, so cal a couple ye ... Gunbei
Life is the view from a moving train. every time you look ou ... Macrojack
Here's some advice for hi fi salesmen and salesmen of all th ... Anacrusis