They know we will pay anything they can think of

Anyone have any idea how long ago Hifi manufacturers discovered we (audiophiles) will pay almost anything chasing our perfect sound? I individualized it because each of us are reaching for our own personal nirvana. You can go to any audio show, see someone point to a piece of equipment and ask the price. Out comes a price you know the rep made up while sitting in his office wondering how much he can ask those sick people to pay. We know advertising, manufacturing, and overhead is relatively expensive but we also know that the asking price should take care of that if he sells maybe 4 or 5 of them all year. Knowing that I have paid quite a bit for equipment over the years that I knew I shouldn't have but did anyway.


I remember the first time I realized it was possible to spend a million bucks on a two channel music system... Have you ever mentioned that to your non-audiophile friends and been met with disbelief? 

We will pay anything? No I am not in that group. I am not that financially blessed nor am I that ignorant and stupid.

Some of these companies do not sell a lot of units so they make a huge profit on each one.. it's like funeral homes you are paying for the days that they are closed

I meet people who have smoked cigarettes, cigars and used tobacco all their lives. Peer pressure and advertising got them hooked long ago. Now they have advanced cancer and lung disease. Some have tomatoe sized green tumors on their mouth. Was it worth it spending thousands of dollars on these enjoyable habits. I don’t think so. Were they tricked, duped and misled. Yep and someone got rich off of their decisions. Yes but it was their choice. In my opinion, a poor choice. BTW at this stage of their life someone has to take care of them. Just like a quadriplegic who rides a motorcycle everyday and has had an accident. Someone feeds them and wipes their butt everday.

I really don’t get the premise of the OP’s scenario. Do you mean to suggest that you went to an audio show, and the Rep sized you up, and made up a price on the spot?? Well aren’t YOU special!  What about their website and printed brochures that most likely already had the price settled before you arrived?

As for complaining about prices.... it’s a free market... and the last time I checked I can buy an amp for $100, $500, $1200, $4000, $12,000.... should I keep going? Are they all worth the asking price? Some are, some aren’t. For some you are paying a premium just for good looks and build quality. Others are more basic bang-for-your-buck. It’s the same for any other component. I really don’t see the problem. If you normalize the cost of a Pioneer receiver from the ’70’s into today’s dollars, you’ll see that mid-fi audio is about the same price it’s always been. It’s just that the extreme high end has gotten a lot higher.