Originally Posted by kbarnes701
Agree with all that, Terry. Personally, I buy almost everything on the Internet and take the risk that if anything goes wrong I am on my own more or less. Things rarely go wrong so, so far, I am a winner with this strategy. I also find that 'dealer advice' is usually useless. Either they are biased towards the gear they sell, or towards the gear they make the most money on, or they are just plain lacking in knowledge and I either know better myself, or trust the experts here more than I trust the dealers I have encountered.
I think the net has been the real game changer. It has empowered us consumers and we can buy where we like, regardless of geographical location. It has enabled us to seek out the very best prices and, given what I just said about dealers, I don't care if they make hardly any profit or even if they go out of business on the back of squeezed margins. I have one champion and it is me and I do the best I can for me and that means getting the best possible prices. Currently, my amps have been bought on the net via the USA, my subs via Norway, my 5509 via Germany, my speakers via Canada and the USA and so on. I just bought the Pro kit direct from the States too.
I am not proselytising here and respect those who prefer to buy through a dealer but I am just giving the other side of the coin.
I understand where you are coming from if one has the ability to install and program the gear.
And like you say not worrying about Warranty issues or Dealer Support.
I also find that 'dealer advice' is usually useless. Either they are biased towards the gear they sell, or towards the gear they make the most money on, or they are just plain lacking in knowledge
You are 110% exactly correct in the above with almost every dealer.
One had better have done their own research and have at least general knowledge of what they want and not be Mis-Lead by the Dealer.
I could not have said the above comments any better.
In my case I do-not have that ability any longer.
Many years back I could install gear when it was simpler but not with this new to me complicated components.
It is just a matter of knowledge base and having to rely on the Authorized Dealer to do the installs and set-up the gear to operate correctly.
(1) Price on one end with not needing any dealer.
(2) Full Support and paying more dollars to get that.
It just comes down to where one is on the two different ends of this.