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Any McIntosh Dealers?
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Post 16 made on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 20:58
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For a while the consumer could go to a local showroom to compare brands and models, then go online and get the price. This, of course, reduces “the numbers” at the retail store and eventually the store or the brand concludes that the brand is a poor match for the store.

Now that the retail ranks have thinned and showrooming is not so easy, I’m seeing people ordering several items, showrooming the products at home, then returning the unwanted products. This is rather expensive for the merchant — especially when free shipping is offered. However, it does offer an even cheaper purchase avenue for the end user with all of the “refurbished” units created by the returns.

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Now that fewer stores are available, diversity has shrunk. Formerly a consumer could make the rounds of local shops and see many brands. Now, the consumer is limited to the small number of brands that can get into the big box stores or a big online site.
Post 17 made on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 11:37
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On January 20, 2018 at 20:58, buzz said...
For a while the consumer could go to a local showroom to compare brands and models, then go online and get the price. This, of course, reduces “the numbers” at the retail store and eventually the store or the brand concludes that the brand is a poor match for the store.

Now that the retail ranks have thinned and showrooming is not so easy, I’m seeing people ordering several items, showrooming the products at home, then returning the unwanted products. This is rather expensive for the merchant — especially when free shipping is offered. However, it does offer an even cheaper purchase avenue for the end user with all of the “refurbished” units created by the returns.

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Now that fewer stores are available, diversity has shrunk. Formerly a consumer could make the rounds of local shops and see many brands. Now, the consumer is limited to the small number of brands that can get into the big box stores or a big online site.

They wanted low prices, they're getting that. Unfortunately, that also killed retail.

WTF did anyone expect?
My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
Post 18 made on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 15:30
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On January 21, 2018 at 11:37, highfigh said...


WTF did anyone expect?

The same "high end" goods and quality, but for those welfare prices.
Post 19 made on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 19:20
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On January 21, 2018 at 11:37, highfigh said...
WTF did anyone expect?

In pure capitalism, any merchant who wants to compete on price alone will be kept at the point of starvation, thus guaranteeing the lowest price for the consumer.

Unfortunately, the public wants very much to believe the “as good as [...], but cheaper than” claim. The high end brands must work hard to sell their value proposition. If this fails, they’ll need to learn to swim in the price pool.
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