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One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
That sounds right. 
One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
Thanks. I don’t see much to do about used equipment, though I can see why that’s a problem for dealers. As for authorized dealers, it makes sense to me that the companies should either not allow authorized dealers to sell demos/refurbished ... or ... 
One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
We seem to be universally blaming the tire-kickers who end up buying online, and we seem to be debating the qualities of dealers who can be unwelcoming and condescending. The assumption is that it's cheaper to buy online. But is it? Which high-end... 
Right Channel dropped out Bryston BP-26P (upgraded from BP-25P)
Well done, all around. 
One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
It may be every man for himself when it comes to purchases but we're all in it together when it comes to the broader world of stereos. This forum is an extreme outlier when it comes to commitment, experience, and budgets. Folks here are comfortabl... 
One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
@deadhead1000, your brain has been fried by too many hippie drugs and lazy jams. Go back to Haight/Ashbury! (Hey now, my friend, I am SO kidding! I can't count the shows I saw between 1978 and 1995. I *still* miss Jerry ....)There's a strong under... 
question about an eBay seller
@rsf507 , you're absolutely right. I'll do it. And just in case I wasn't being clear, I had no interest in buying from them. I wasn't looking for advice on the traps of used purchases, though I appreciate the concern. I just figured that I wasn't ... 
question about an eBay seller
Actually, I’m more interested that they can get away with it for so long on eBay. Do they not monitor any of this? It’s not subtle. (And to be clear, I was not looking to buy from them. I was just interested in how they operate.) 
That Other Audiophile Website
I'm curious about this part of the OP's comments: "I gave the seller a negative review. My review was removed, and I was banned from making further comments about my experience." I've heard of this happening on other websites as well. I suppose if... 
thought on eBay?
Thanks again everyone. I've bought and sold some things over the years but never a big-ticket/niche-market item. One thing that does seem true to me from observation is that Audiogon and AudioMart sellers generally have a sense of the audiophile w... 
thought on eBay?
Okay! Thanks everyone. I genuinely appreciate the reassurance. I do find it strange to see a seller who has sold hundreds of vintage car decals or commemorative plates from Luray Caverns and then out of the blue puts Ypsilon monoblocks up for sale... 
My Experience With Tekton
Everything I know about Tekton speakers I've learned on this forum. Unfortunately, that's not saying much. 
Auditioning headphones (ethically)?
Okay, so now we have two thoughtfully articulated positions, best voiced by @soix and @ghdprentice . @qjm101 states one side with clarity: "purchasing items KNOWING you are going to return them is unethical." And @soix is compelling as well: as lo... 
Auditioning headphones (ethically)?
Again, thank you all. @big_greg, super advice about the ear-ads and the smoking. The ethical concern for me is what @crustycoot picked up on. It's not a question of following policies; that's easy. It's about playing fair. I'm especially intereste... 
Auditioning headphones (ethically)?
@bslon, thank you so much. I read in another headphones thread here that the Cable Company had a good policy but I couldn't find it on their website. That's great. I have an account with them and will most likely try that.@orgillian, thank you. I'...