I think I've Just Seen Absolute Proof That Audiophiles Are Insanely Gullible

I didn’t want to crap on someone’s sales thread, so I thought i’d post my amazement here. The focus of my disbelief? The "Dalby D7-Vinyl Stabilizer," which is a damn weight that screws onto the turntable spindle to hold the record securely onto the platter. Listed retail? 4000 British Pounds! (although a mag listed it at $6,800! On sale here at AudioGullible for the bargain basement price of 2500 British Pounds, or $3600 US dollars!!! Just read a few snippets of the sales ad . . .

"The D7-Vinyl Stabiliser has a sonic character that brings music to life and the ability to elevate the entire audio frequency from the veil and mechanics inherent in prerecorded music. The gains are immediate, with sweeter high frequency extension while the mid and lower registers are beautifully controlled. The soundscape is wider, higher and deeper, allowing the music to breathe more naturally."

I’m sorry, but I’m calling total BS on this. A friggin’ weight brings "music to life," "sweeter high frequency extension," "allowing the music to breathe more naturally . ." Come on. Its a modified paperweight that screws onto the platter. One can only imagine what this guy thinks about some $20K interconnects for the turntable -- the music probably writes itself! And don’t forget the amazing improvement that a $4,000 carbon fiber mat might add . . . You probably would think you were hallucinating because the music breathed so much it was oozing out of the speakers, like on some of my more memorable nights in college in the ’70’s.

Now I have never heard this amazing gift to the audiophile community, so maybe it is the audio equivalent of the Second Coming, but really? $5,800 for this? It confirms to me that there is a certain insanity/gullibility/too much money/snake oil in this so-called "hobby," (which is a hobby to customers and ridiculous business for some manufacturers). When is enough enough? What about audiophile paint, that has amazing sonic qualities to cut down reflection and make the soundstage so wide that you feel you need a new apartment? Don’t forget the audiophile couch, that is sonically neutral but promises to position your ears to "bring music to life?" OK, I’ve made my point. No offense to the seller of the snake oil, but really . . . When is enough enough?

This concludes my rant for today. :)
@mapman, I'm not sure that we'll ever be able to sort out all of the nonsense.  The reason is simple -- I and most people don't have access to some of the egregious snake oil like the $5800 (new) Dalby D7 to be able to run it through a double-blind test.  I can only say that logically, the claims are seriously overblown to justify a ridiculously expensive product.
Ah, I was wondering how long it would be before the double blind test reared it’s ugly head. The favorite tool of the uber skeptic. You don’t even have to do the test, you just scare them with the very thought of it. ;-)
Mapman said:
Good engineers are expensive.   Its a lot easier to make a profit of
nonsense sometimes.   Lower overhead and higher profit margins.

The way I heard it was:
Quality oats are expensive.  If you can be satisfied with oats that have been through the horse once, they're a lot cheaper ;-)
Saw that one myself!
Even by the GON standards that is blatantly criminal!!!  
Add a large helping of Mpingo discs and Tice clocks.  I can practically taste the music!