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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central Illinois
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I live in Central Illinois and we have lots of corn and soy beans but few audio dealers.
Out of curiosity, I checked for dealers in my area (within 200 miles) and found the closest to me was just over 2 hours away. Next closest was about 4. Curiously, no dealers in Chicago.
With high end audio shops dying quickly, specialty manufacturers are going to have to find somebody to sell their products for them.
Even items like product delivery and set-up become big issues when you are looking at hundreds of miles between dealers. Service too becomes a problem for a dealer when a house call becomes an all day affair, due to travel.
I think these "old school" manufacturers will eventually start selling direct, or, find their business dry up as the dealer network becomes history.
ID companies that are offering 30-60 home risk free trials seem to be the wave of the future.
I still miss the days where my town had 2 higher end dealers that sold, serviced, and consulted with the customer, until the big box stores pretty much wiped them out.