Originally Posted by Tack
Erich, have you asked HIM what he wants for the whole lot ?
If you can get a complete list along with the price I may be able to underwrite it or at least help.
Sometimes in deals like these, the guy may be more concerned with someone taking EVERYTHING than the price. You know he doesn't want to ebay and ship all that. We get the price right, we can afford to dump what we don't want. Maybe lowball him and see if he bites.
Sounds like he did ok with the CDs and the rest is heavy
He doesn't mind it sitting and his pricing is very odd, trust me. I dealt with him a very little bit last year with the amps. Also one of his employees and a middle man that was stuck in somehow. I'll tell ya I run a small landscape company (that's why I have spare time right now) so I deal with salesmen, pricing, etc all the time. But that amp thing was the strangest, goofiest thing I've ever dealt with in my life. It was like a saga. Actually kinda fun in the end, but strange. That's a long crazy story that I may have mentioned here. Sadly, he had already sold about 15 of those amps before I found out.
I can front the money for all the JBL stuff like I'm doing with the waveguides and flat packs. But his pricing seemed high at first, that's why I asked what I should be shooting for. It turns out he went with less than what guys here hoped for, so that's good.
The thing is, he had this stuff for sale a few weeks ago and didn't realize what it was worth. Had I gone in then, this would have been really crazy. Today when I picked up some CD's he told me he had the big horns and compression drivers listed together for $70 but didn't sell any, sold 1 at $40. He thought
it was because they were HUGE. Well, he took it apart and listed just the compression driver because it's "smaller" and thought it would sell easier. And because of that, instead of just calling it a big JBL horn, he had to give it the model number, which people then picked up on. He said he sold 10 in 3 days for $150 each.
So after that, in his head, I guess the entire pricing structure changed. That's why I didn't want to start removing the 15" and 18" drivers from the box. He'd start wondering if they were worth even more than his raised up price, just like the CD's. Or think people would buy them because they were "smaller".
And you'd normally think trying for the whole lot would be better.
Here's an example. This is exactly what happened the first time I talked to the owner. I asked how much he would take per surround. He said "$50 - $55, maybe $50". Okay, how much for 20? "I'll sell you 20 today, right now, for $1250." And he was serious. He did the same thing with the CD's.
My guess is that if we wait 2 weeks, the stuff may be double the price, or it could be half the price, or maybe one of the employees decides to scrap the magnets for $10 like some of the Ashley amps last year.
The problem is though, it may not be there in 2 weeks at all!
Trust me, there's no way of knowing in this situation.
I'm going to definitely have to front the money for this for those reasons. That's why I wanted to get a general price and move quickly on what people seem to want.
What kinda stinks is this was unexpected and came on the exact day I was heading way down in Kentucky to pick up some "parts" for something Lilmike is designing. But I can't talk about that just yet.
So it's been hectic the past couple days because I didn't want anyone to miss this weird JBL deal, but also had to work on another DIY project that I'm hoping will help out. Man, it's been a strange winter for me. My friends are beginning to think I'm nuts. Everyone I told about the Kentucky thing gave me this....."You did what?" It's been a fun winter though with all the group buy stuff, getting the SEOS waveguide prototype, dealing with the fine folks in Poland, flat packs, diffusers, etc, etc. It's been a blast for me and I love it! Keeps the brain from stagnating......