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PS Audio overpriced? The price is what the market will support, dude. PSA is a good, American, company that makes quality products. That's worth something to some people these days, especially the employees in Colorado.
I'll bet 99% of Americans aren't willing to pay MSRP for American made goods out of some deep concern for the American worker. Keep in mind that PS Audio's gear may be "partially assembled" in America, but the majority of the parts are probably made in China. PS Audio's greatly inflated MSRP is likely due extensively to being "made in America." Their high marketing costs don't help, either. FWIW -- I own PS Audio's PerfectWave Transport and paid 1/4 of MSRP on the used market several years ago for a modded unit.
On AudiogonAqua La Scala Optologic $4,800 2 month old dealer demo MSRP $7,000Aqua Formula Optologic $8,900 dealer demo MSRP $14,000These are current and recent products. Are thesetypical of dealer mark ups? Are they a response to the 6moons review of the Metrum Adagio or lack of MQA?
A high end company should strive for high resale value.
No - not typical. One seller says he's driopping the line because of disagreement with the distributor - so is basically liquidating his stock. The other is a known heavy discounter. I'm going to guess the latter may have something to do with the former's decision. Dealer / distributor politics.
Huh? How does that help them? If they strive for high performance the resale value should take care of itself.True landmark products, though they may be few and far between, do have high resale value.
No - not typical. .......
....These are current and recent products. Are thesetypical of dealer mark ups? ...........
I would respectfully disagree, mostly because it's a digital item in a quickly changing market. A friend and I auditioned the LaScala mk1 about a year and a half ago. It sounded very good. The dealer offered us about 40% off msrp. My friend bought one, I did not. Perhaps the dealer knew the mk2 was on the way, or perhaps that is his normal discount. Everybody was happy.They are only current for the next few months. It's digital and the same issue that started this thread. Once the new dac comes out the previous (still good sounding) one has very little value. I believe many dealers will discount dacs pretty steeply. When those new PS Audio mono block amps start showing up on the used market, they will have good resale value for the next decade and be in demand used. Digital is just different.
If everybody had to keep selling digital at 40% off because there's some new model coming out a year from now, nobody would sell digital......
....The moral of this story : if a current generation high end piece is selling with huge discounts or incentives , whether it be digital or otherwise, be very wary. It says something is very wrong - either bogus pricing, or desirability / issues with the product, or bad sales practices which is going to cause that product brand damage or even revocation from the market by the manufacturer. Any of which are ultimately bad for the customer.
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