Originally Posted by alkemyst
Personally I don't agree with shopping post-sale...it only causes higher pricing for the next guy...
I have a different opinion. ;-)
Klipsch mandates what their retailers can sell the speakers for and there is nothing wrong with being a savvy shopper. The chances are the speakers that csnow returned will be sold for a discount (but still in the parameters that Klipsch states in there policy) and will be a good deal for the next customer.
I don't support the practice of going to a retail establishment to audition the product and then buying on line without giving them a chance to price match. That being said, there is a changing dynamic in retail. The merchandisers and the retailers will eventually work to make it beneficial for both if either company is going to survive.
As it stands now I will agree there are fewer retailers to audition Klipsch products. What surprised me was when there were several companies locally that wanted my business, they didn't have the products in stock. I couldn't believe that there were 6 Ultimate Electronics within an hour of me and no one had the RB-75 bookshelf speakers available for purchase. There was also a period of time they didn't have the RC-7 center channel available and it was the key speaker in their Hard Rock Cafe Home Theater
I have mixed feeling on what Klipsch's strategy seems to be. Two of the last three Klipsch "dealers," I went to were Home Installers that were working out of their house. I would rather see Klipsch go with a Business Model
of having a major retailer carry their gear in stock and have a Home Theater room to audition, with the understanding that some customers are going on line to find the best price from an authorize dealer. After all that IS
the reality of the situation as it is right now.
My 2 cents. ;-)