Originally Posted by arnaud
It's not very smart to block people from recording prirs at an audio store. If anything, you might come there again someday for shopping if you really like the virtualization you got from the store setup. Also, if it's for a fee and scheduled during week day when it's note like people are lining up for a listen, it's simply silly to refuse (else you feel this technology as seriously threatening future revenues).
Talking about store not wanting to spend time for something that's not going to lead to a sale, in this age if online purchases, I wonder the percentage of people going into these stores with the mind to actually buy from them.
Maybe the solution for svs is to directly partner with much more of these high end stores, I bet they could sell quite a bit as complement to a high end rig sale / maybe for people who can't afford the real thing just yet.
I totally agree. Stereo Design in San Diego flat out refused no matter what. I even offered him $1000 to measure systems he already had set up. He just kept coming up with excuses like, "What if you are in there doing a measurement and a customer comes in who wants to buy a pair of Wilson Alexandria XLF's? Yes, I am making a $1000 of you, but I may lose a $200,000 sale." Yeah right. I am sure he has people coming in all day long who want to buy the XLF's. And I am sure if they walk in with the intention of buying them, but someone else is listening to them, you would just walk out and forget the whole deal. So I said, "How about if we do it on a Monday or Tuesday when you're closed?" He said, "Oh we're all booked up on those days doing customer demos." Really? On every single day that you're not even open?
The funniest part is when he said, "I am not trying to be an *********, but it's not worth losing a potential big sale." He might not have been trying, but he was one.
I always thought the whole point of having a pair of $200,000 speakers in your store was to get people to come to your store and listen to them and see what else you have even if they can't afford to buy them. But I guess that's not the case since they no longer have them set up. They are just sitting in a corner. They have the Alexia's setup instead.
Anyway, they have been in business for a long time and seem to be doing very well, so the owner knows better than me about how to run a successful hifi store. But I am definitely never going to buy anything there and I certainly can't recommend them to anyone.
It seems really short sighted to me, but that's the reaction I get from stereo stores pretty much across the board. I think goodwill goes a long ways...
Oh well there are plenty of other "fish in the sea" to measure.