I can't get this thread out of my mind...
OK, so I've read the initial post several times now....
It assumes that most of us fall into one of two buckets:
- sheep who more or less follow the crowd, get brainwashed by the marketing/advertising, and buy an ipod.
- sheep who fall into the non-conformist category (rebel sheep), who themselves are, in a way, following a behavior pattern not so dissimilar from the ipod sheep whom they may then claim to be superior to.
I'm sure scrypt realizes that there are exceptions (there are always exceptions
)...people who in fact don't fall into either category...
There are some folks among us who are not as easily swayed by the hype in either direction. Let's call them the "stong-minded sheep". (I wish I could say in all honesty that I'm always this kind of sheep, but sadly I can't.)
These folks are mentally better equipped to make a purchase decision based almost exclusively on the facts & data that are important to them. I believe that many of these types of folks hang out right here in this forum. These kinds of folks may buy an ipod or they may buy an iriver...and yet not fall into either of scrypt's categories of "sheep".
I think most of us aren't overly saturated by marketing/advertising hype from companies such as Grado, Beyer, Sennheiser, RS Audio, etc. etc. ... and yet we buy the merchandise. When formulating a decision to buy, we ask the questions, we consider the answers, we decide what's important to us
...and we make the purchase...often with the open-mindedness to consider that the purchase we make may not ultimately be what we were really looking for (see the "For Sale/Trade" section of this forum).
Without a doubt the "follow-the-crowd sheep" is
alive & well here on head-fi...I believe they call the phenomenon "FOTM" 'round these parts. But again, not everyone hops on the bandwagon.