Unfortuantly i beleive a lot of the vendors will actually hurt themselves in the long run. I mean look at panasonic. Basically killed the plasma market withe there $1300 42" HD plasma. And now denon u can find in Price club or costco. I believe vendors have to relise that eventually there will come a time when the juice wont be worth the squeeze if they keep this price battle going
Well, when they realize that companies like vizio, Samsung, and LG can crush them in the race to the bottom, some of these companies will look around and realize that no one is left telling customers how much better their (Denon, Panasonic, mid-level manufacturer "x"'s) products are , much less show them (no more demo). there will only be one or two "cheapest" and for all who value that above all else, that's all there needs to be.
Tweeter did a lot of things wrong, but they could do a demo of above average goods and generally, if you found the guys in the store who knew what they were talking about (harder in the last few years), then they could explain and show the differances between good gear and better gear.
That is one reason why Sony got out of the plasma panel market.
Sony didn't have a plasma panel manufacturing facility and when LG didn't want to sell them any more panels, Sony moved into LCD which they were working on together with Samsung. Those two names (Samsung and LG) will eventually replace Denon and Yamaha too as a certain market segments largest mnfgr of SS rcvrs.
Price rules regardless of the level.
Wrong, It doesn't even come up in many of my sales. When it does, it's just to make sure I know that BB will sell the Sony tv for $100 less and that I will match that price.
Thanks to places like this you can get a great deal of information about any product. Narrow it down to items that fit your needs & budget - walk into most any store & pick it up off the shelf.
Fine, unless you want to audition it against the competition, something the people serious about their music enjoyment are eager to do.
It's not a want, just the reality of the US consumer market. At one time you could walk into ANY retail establishment & get service. Americans voted loud & long - give us price, screw service. Want has nothing to do with it, just the way it is.
No, the AVERAGE
(and below) American voted loud and long, not a customer that anyone but Walmart will do well with in the long run.
Denon's sales have been doing better as they have moved into the larger retailers due to unit numbers but the average rcvr price has been dropping and the profit percentage made on each is suffering too, soon HTIB will look very attractive to them as that is what is selling more and more where they are.
What's the choice? Be a boutique brand? Limit yourself to a tiny market? Stockholders will love that idea.
Well, Tweeter thought stockholders would appreciate going for the market share and more stores and more volume, but as ticket prices and margins started going down they realized they couldn't keep up with the the kings of mass market and now stockholders wished they HAD become a boutique brand.
Denon will face the same problems from the manufacturers side of the equation very soon.
Walmart likes to tell vendors what they have to sell stuff to them for and they go with the first manufacturer to agree to their terms, BB is starting to realize that they have to do the same and guess what, they don't care what's in the box or whos name is on it as long as it's the lowest price 42"/100wx7/satelitte speaker package , etc there is around.
That is Bose for cetain, they don't want any comparision.
Neither do many other companies, they do better without it.