Fee for home audition

I am in the market for a music server/streamer. I was discussing with one of the authorized dealers for a streamer. He had a demo unit and was willing to bring to my home for an hour and let me try. He is located around 10-15 minutes from my home. He wants to charge 5% for home demo. Is this the industry standard? I am not meaning to disparage anyone so not going to name the dealer. I am just trying to see what the standard practice is. 


I’ll never get this stink of entitlement that I see on some of these posts. No one is required to help you out by lugging & loaning you their equipment on the outside chance that you might not be anything more than a wishful tire kicking twit. Five Percent to hear how a component that you’re researching sounds in your home with your gear- and you’re whining about having to pay a man for his time and his expertise to bring his piece that he paid for (along with some overhead) to your house? I would have hung the phone up on you and blocked your number because you’re absolutely the whiny tire kicker that you don’t think you are.

’Well, he’ll never get my business!’

As any professional who’s reading of this entitled boyish outrage already knows- it’s a safe bet he wasn’t gonna get in anyway. Forum rules here prevent me from speaking frankly (as grown men sometimes do), but the OP here may benefit from a well placed Don Corleone slap and remembering ’you can act like a Man’.

@ghasley, do you use almpifi alien meshwork as Wi-Fi extender and connect to Ethernet or do you use usb dongle? 

On the Grimm, there actually is a non-official way to add WiFi if you’re so inclined. You can get one of those USB TP Link things and put it into the Grimm. $30 piece. I haven’t tried it but folks on the Audiophile Style thread about the Grimm have done that with success.