Jake, CC, BB, HH Greg all of them discount if you ask.
In most areas twith respect to BB& CC, that is fading away and usually a decision reserved for a manager..and it is non existant , afaik, in walmart.
I do agree that you should pay a little more if you are going to buy locally compared to on-line. I purchased my tv this year from HH Greg. I asked them to match Amazon's price and they did. At the time Amazon had dropped the price on the tv that I wanted $200.00. HH Greg dropped their price $300.00 to match.
TV margins are so low that even at MAP they are a loosing game as , alone, they won't cover expenses.However, they have become a loss-leader to get the rest of the business and the stores have trained themselves to do this.
I try to give local stores the opportunity to have my business, but I am not going to pay a premium just to buy from them
I would guess, though, that you understand that some premium must exist as the overhead for a B&M is certainly higher than for an internet operation?
In this day and age I do not know why anybody would pay MSRP for any big-ticket item. Another thing, when you talk about paying MSRP for speakers, the S means suggested.
Actually, it's MAP that we are mostly talking about as the manufacturers have dealer agreements that set the lowest price that a product can be advertised for, and , depending on the dealer agreement, it may not be allowed to be priced in the store (on a sign) for less than that. I would say though that there are many big ticket items that I would feel comfortable buying without having seen them, but none of the others that come to mind bring me close to tears and otherwise play such an important part in the enjoyment of my life. Now if you are saying that you don't need to compare and listen to speakers before you buy, then fine, a showroom isn't neccesary for you.
The internet is the perfect tool for doing that, though you have to verify much of what you read.
Besides comparing with your ears, how do you do that?
Most of the time (95%) when I go into a store to look at a specific item I will know more about the product than the salesman.
When researching a drug, I can easily get to be more familiar with it than my doctor....it's called "focus" salesmen who have to know hundreds of sku's often aren't spending hours on one specific model.
Congratulations on doing $10,000,000 in sales. Are you the owner or an employee? I am just a small contractor. Currently the largest project that I have going is 10.5M.
I am an employee , and in our business the number is very good for an independant, it makes us a 'large" player in this field. My wife works with contractors on jobs in the tens of millions too, she also is a small player in that field. Differant scale....I wish she could make a large percentage commision on her
jobs, then we might see her masters degree really pay off.