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post #16 of 27
Have they lowered any prices of their customs in the last five years? Even the UE10 when the 11 came out?
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Taikero View Post
At the point UE has to lower prices, I'm sure they will make a new $1000 custom IEM. Their current one is $1000 partly because of the clientele they service. No (real and/or superficial) celebrity/rock star/etc. wants to be seen with headphones that cost only a few hundred.
I understand what you're saying, but I don't buy for a single second that celebrities and the like pay the retail price. That price is for the regular consumers.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by EyeAmEye View Post
I understand what you're saying, but I don't buy for a single second that celebrities and the like pay the retail price. That price is for the regular consumers.
Granted, they may pay more or less (depending on how warranty and promotion, etc. are perceived and handled), but perception is everything. If the advertised MSRP of a product is $1000 (and it stays there consistently for years as we've seen here, creating a perception, true or not, of value at that price point), that's what matters, not deals made behind closed doors.

Convince the average consumer that his favorite high-profile person uses X product, and that other high-profile people use that product as well, whether he likes those other high-profilers or not, and the average consumer is far more likely to buy that product.

This is why that watch company got in such a huff after Charlize Theron was seen wearing a watch that wasn't part of their $3 million promotional contract (e.g. wear our watches, we give you money, everybody wins). Visibility is everything in marketing.
post #19 of 27
while your right about celebrity marketing that does not mean product for a third of the price is just as good.
post #20 of 27
True, I don't think anyone is saying the UE-10/11 sound like a $300 product, I just think some were wondering why the persistence at the $1000 range. I would imagine some of the persistence would be that as inflation goes up, driving the value of the dollar down, the value of the UE-10/11 doesn't go down enough to justify lowering the price at a lower return to the company per dollar.

Then again, it's not like any of us have access to UE's books, so...speculation is awesome!
post #21 of 27
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while your right about celebrity marketing that does not mean product for a third of the price is just as good.
The new Westone 3, Sleek Custom and the C3 are [I]very[I] close in SQ. 3x the price for a UE11 is ludicrous.
post #22 of 27
have you heard all 3 of those customs? And I have to disagree on the c3's being close to the ue-11's but I have no clue about the others but people are not going to pay 3x the price for no upgrade sorry but that is the way head-fi is
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by hockeyb213 View Post
have you heard all 3 of those customs? And I have to disagree on the c3's being close to the ue-11's but I have no clue about the others but people are not going to pay 3x the price for no upgrade sorry but that is the way head-fi is
I own all 4 (UE11, Sleek, C3 & FreQ).

Do you already have the UE11 or are you guessing?
post #24 of 27
Discount 'em! DISCOUNT 'EM! :OOOO

I think I might give my firstborn for a pair of UE 11's. Just... because they're UE 11's.
post #25 of 27
I got my UE customs for free.
post #26 of 27
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I got my UE customs for free.
How is that possible? Where you beta testing the customs?
post #27 of 27
They are priced this way for a couple of reasons. For one it is because they are targeted toward professionals. To them it's a business expense and often a necessity. The other reason is because they are custom made and there is a limit to how many of them they can churn out. It's not like a Westone 3 where they design a prototype and ship it off to be mass produced in China. So if they are near or at that capacity limit, then there is no reason to lower the price because that won't increase profits. If however, they were below the level that they could supply and they had wasted capacity then they would lower the price to increase demand.
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