Posting the wrong MSRP: why?

Why do people post an inflated MSRP for their used gear?

I mean, it's not hard to check what the real price is.

It makes a very poor impression vis a vis, you know, truthiness.


OP, can you give some details? Curious what someone did that made you post this.

I see that sometimes, but more often I have seen someone list the wrong inflated retail, and then in the ad text state that it would be the price in today's dollars.


I should have stated it differently.

Sellers: don't post an inflated MSRP to try to make your price look better. It's really easy to check out, and it just makes you look untrustworthy.

(I was browsing for a new amp and noticed several mis-quoted original prices, one in particular for a pair of monoblocks that are available direct from the manufacturer and the price is on their order page.)

First world problems, why let it get to you? Make a deal or move on. Just saying. 

There are a ton of them on us audiomart. Mostly dealers  do this, fluff the retail price, and still ask too much. 27,000 for them amps one dealer wants. 


People do it with everything they sell, so why not audio gear?

I've noticed myself that there is a wide range of retail prices for items, depending on where you look.

Amazon is famous for having notoriously high pricing for the same item you can buy for less elsewhere, but what they are really selling is the convenience and the ability to one stop shop.

Those posters are doing you a favor by signaling their true colors.

Buyer beware. Maybe just move on.

It’s the oldest retail sales trick in the book! Inflate the supposed price but then give a special discount. There are many variations of this but effectively the same: today only, by the end of the month, by two get one free, MSRP is X but we’ll it for only .8X etc. “ Value” is all relative to your taste but in the end, just have to decide if what you’re actually getting is worth it to you. 

Many times if a used piece of gear is more than a couple years old, the retail price listed is what it sold for THEN....todays' retail would be different.