I guess I'm a grumpy old man too! I totally agree with you.
I very much dislike the "Contact for Price" price. It always reminds me of the old saying that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. I suppose that’s true, but it still puts me off. I complained to one dealer and he told me that he is forced to show "Contact for Price" in order to circumvent the manufacturer's mandate to only sell new product at retail price.
audiogon has changed
higher fees on equipment bought and sold has led most regular folk hi end audio traders to flee to other site(s)
so what is on A gon are usually (VERY) high end dealers unloading trade ins or demo or overstock units
change is inevitable, but this does make me a little sad
maybe it is the paucity of regular traded (or auctioned) equipment that makes the LP ads stick out more prominently
There is not much you can do about getting older but you can do something about being grumpy, However if you are one of the millions of people in this country that have recently lost their job, that can make one grumpy if not mad. With that said I think dealers and sellers need to take this into account and be more upfront with pricing and possibly offer incentives to make purchases. The LP has made a great come back and I have at times will put on a LP just for the sake of enjoying analog music.
As mentioned above it is true that many audiophiles have gone to other websites for buying and selling but still use this website for the forums and are still hoping that a rollback on fees will occur on Audiogon which could also be a cure for being grumpy. And while we are at it, could someone please bring back Radio Shack.
Grumpy for another reason:
I have bought and sold 8 or 10 things between A-gon and USA. I now have a vintage pair of KEF reference 205 speakers for sale. No less than 4 individuals have made an agreement to purchase, pay cash and pick up, and have either not shown up or cancelled at last minute. Do others share this experience? I think I will require pay pal deposit if someone wishes to purchase on site for cash in advance. I tolerate the 'what amp do you use' or' can you compare those with these' questions, seems par for the course of listing for free... But to waste my time and not show up is bad. I wish I could leave negative feedback for these abusers... That's my rant, and I am old! Ken
I agreed a deal is a deal.Unless you ask to cancel the deal.Yes getting old without money to throw away is my problem. I have bought audio equipment, LPs and cds from here.But buyer beware.I do into a restaurant and I like to know the costs ,I feel it's my right .That goes for drinks to.Yes I'm from the days when a Slice of pizza was 15 cents a buck a pie.I don't believe that dont ask the price if you can't afford it.Weather it it a car or audio equipment or slice of pizza.Regret is a killer....to me anyway.lol