Originally Posted by spyboy
It must be a little disappointing when you find that the subwoofer you saw in the store with a $1,200 price tag has been discontinued and is now selling new for $499
from a few on-line retailers like newegg. That 25% discount may not seem so great anymore. Almost enough to believe the old "rule" that there is a 100% mark-up every time such a product changes hands in the distribution chain.
Rarely do you see an Internet Direct sub drop in price by almost 60%.
Recently we have seen great sales on subs from Energy, Klipsch, and Jamo. There are probably others I have forgotten. Companies like Harman International are so large they can cut prices drastically to move merchandise that is sitting in warehouses. D&M is also huge and can give large discounts on discontinued merchandise.
Yes, that's the flip side of the coin, if you buy from retail, quite often, you may overpay for an item that, when it's discontinued, there is a clearout sale and the stuff is sold dirt cheap. But personally I wouldn't let it bother me too much unless you gauge your self worth on paying a lower price than everybody else. But if it does bother you, then you're right, ID brands don't get discounted as much so you everybody is paying the same profit to place food on the table of the ID brand maker. ID brands get to enforce their margins and establish their own price structure.
But if you play your cards right, you can get a steal of an audio bargin like the mentioned Energ subs, and as another example, you can get Martin Logan Motion 10 compact tower speakers for $300 a pair right now, which is a great deal for speakers with a heil type folded motion tweeter. I don't know of any ID brand that will touch that deal. You could drop down to your local BB and pick up a pair right now, listen to it, decide to keep it or not and return it the next day