Originally Posted by mmwwhats
Regarding using the word “lie” in my original post: I wasn’t calling SP liars, I was saying that if their price increases are to due to increased demand, market bearing, etc. then please don’t lie by telling me that it’s due to increasing parts cost. However, if the parts cost really did justify such price increases, then I hoped the community would help enlighten me. Any legitimate business should be able to explain to their customer why they’re charging said customer more for the same product. If that business cannot explain, well, then something seems highly suspect. The idea that you don’t have to right to ask such question is ludicrous considering we as the customers are the ones handing over our very hard earned money. Questions come with the territory, and if you can’t handle the heat, well, you know what they say…
Look, parts costs ARE
going up. I really enjoy DIY, buy parts regularly and see the costs. Look here: XE.com - The World's Favorite Currency and Foreign Exchange Site
. XE has the exchange rates for all the major currencies.
As of this post, $1.00 USD buys you 0.51131 GBP.
Say you want to build Pete Millett's ECC99 SRPP amp (ECC99 SRPP Headphone Amp
) which calls for a pair of Sowter 8665 (SOWTER AUDIO TRANSFORMERS HOME PAGE
) output transformers. The 8665 sells for 58.40 GBP. So to buy two of them, you need to spend $228.43.
I bought two 8665 transformers in 2006. They cost me about $140. So the cost difference is about $90 over two years.
So, if Singlepower's transformer cost goes up $90 in two years, do you understand why the price would go up?
This isn't just transformer cost, either. Capacitors, resistors, tubes, raw aluminum, everything has been jumping in price. If you want me to walk you through a price sheet for an amp, I will.
I don't mean to patronize, but this is basic economics and accounting. The price increases are, well, just plain out obvious to me. I've been seeing all sorts of inflation (despite the "official" numbers) and have been waiting for the other shoe to drop for consumer prices. You're going to see more and more of this for other consumer products. If you have any major purchases to make, you might want to do it now while interest rates are low and before we get socked with higher prices on everything.