Yeah, it's my first post and in full disclosure, I saw an amp on here I wanted so I signed up and bought it through the classifieds.
Anywho, looks like prices went up across the board today at the Tekton shop. Glad I got my order in at Tekton before inflation/materials or demand finally pushed the cost up. Anyone else drop some stacks on Tektons just recently?
Honestly, the first time I saw the model I ordered (not sharing until I have my review and comparison with my prior setup complete) I took one shocked look at the arrays and thought "this guy got scammed and bought the worlds ugliest speakers. What an idiot!" Those arrays, lord. But then I auditioned them and ever since I had to build a copy- system and get a pair. I'll share more on my build after the room remodel and setup.
Back to Tekton, looks like materials are getting pricey (I noticed lumber went way up at the local box store). But how do people feel about the base prices increasing on models marked "sale" and the sale price increasing? Makes me think of the Shane company radio ads that criticize competition who mark up, put on sale and are essentially charging more. With so many blogs and videos praising a set-price synonymous with the name of the speaker build, for example 3k equaled base DI's (not $3,299) I think this will be harmful. Better to note on the home page that supplier pricing has caused a temporary increase, shipping charge, or something of that sort and that's necessary in this case because Tekton's price-point has so integrated with the product that youtubes and reviews have the price in the title or in the image. In fact, those reviews and video stills are on Tekton's website and show a conflict in pricing.
Get your fire-suits out because Tekton haters will flame. I've never even posted and I'm aware of the Tekton hate group, hoping I can get an unbiased couple of comparisons out there in the future for home mid-fi audio guys who don't care about the technical stuff, just hi value systems for the masses.
Thanks for being patient with a new poster, I'm not a forums guy.
The point is methodology, not that prices increase. You're assumption that I should let things go that I can't control is off topic. If a business chooses to increase prices, do it right, do it with transparency, and don't conflict marketing information at your own point-of-sale.
Its obvious you're not a forums guy. You'd know how dreary it is someone comes along goes way off on a subject he nor anyone else here knows anything about- and has nothing to do with audio. Seems there would be groups of marketing or business people better informed and able to do more than kvetch about marketing methods. The guy is so successful he's backlogged months cranking em out fast as he can for who knows how long, but you're gonna second guess him?
Okay, enough of that. Looks like about a 10% increase. Not much. Frankly, given the success and the backlog it could easily have been more. One thing anyone looking into it should know, Eric Alexander has said many times he's a speaker builder and by that he means he wants to build speakers. That people can afford. High end speakers without the high end Faberge Egg prices.
That he most certainly has done, and is still doing. That's the real story here. A price increase from this point of view is a good thing. With more money maybe he can expand and be able to build more and even better speakers, and faster with less backlog and even better customer service.
Welcome to Audiogon and it is good that you are already aware of the negative nellies who hate all things Tekton. I am surprised with the success they have had that they didn’t raise the prices sooner. Enjoy your new speakers and we look forward to your review.
Eric has had his "sale prices" on going since the 1st of the year 2020.. Very surprised it lasted this long, so gripe all you want. Also of note during this period, free shipping! I got my Electron SE at $3000.00 and could not be more pleased, would be hard pressed to better these at the price point.
Haters ??? I suppose if I was staring at 25,000.00 jewel boxes that did not sound as good I would be pissed too.
Millercarbon, I agree that the price increase is a good thing. How does talking about a speaker manufacturer and changing prices have nothing to do with audio? Could you help me understand? I'm not second guessing, but you do realize we human beings make mistakes? Or do you believe certain people are infallible?
Thanks Iwin! I agree with you 100% that Tekton build materials and numbers were pretty strained and stretched thin requiring an increase.
It's funny people think I'm griping. It's not an "all or nothing" world. Personally, I like the Tekton sound, value, and industrial cabinets and I'm not a fanboy. Real world discussions are fantastic and opposing views on the matter expand the topic. I noticed Tekton put up a notice on their site about the price increase and cross posted it on FB. It appears Eric wrote it on the 9th and somebody lagged getting it up and live. Anyone who runs a successful business meets the crossroads of increasing prices, hiring, and delegating tasks. I get it.
The blind defense of Tekton does the brand no good and belies credibility of the person making the statement. I understand when a business is busy, that's why we have web developers and people who answer the phones. I'd be very surprised to see that the Tekton website is designed and updated by one man who also personally crafts all the cabinets, wiring, and finishing.
When I share on something that might hurt Tekton's (or fanboy) credibility, it's better to get it out there and get some positive feedback rather than submit blind defense, otherwise, how can we post honest reviews of products without appearing and acting fanatical or worse, like we have financial interest in the product?
Makes me think of the Shane company radio ads that criticize competition
who mark up, put on sale and are essentially charging more.
If a business chooses to increase prices, do it right, do it with
transparency, and don't conflict marketing information at your own
The blind defense of Tekton does the brand no good and belies credibility of the person making the statement.
When I share on something that might hurt Tekton's (or fanboy)
credibility, it's better to get it out there and get some positive
feedback rather than submit blind defense, otherwise, how can we post
honest reviews of products without appearing and acting fanatical or
worse, like we have financial interest in the product?