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I feel your pain. They do it because they can. If you think that is bad, I'm also into photography. Canon is the worst at this one thing--charging you $1000 for a lens and not throwing in a lens hood. You have to pay $40 for a $0.02 piece of plastic. Why? Because they can.
Question? How long have you had or how old are your "Cups/EarPads"???? I take good care of my equipment and always hang my cans on their stands, so I was just wondering is this just normal wear?????
Good question. I would have to search out the paperwork, but if memory serves me correct I bought them as new back in 2005, so this self destruct of the left hand pad is through normal day to day wear and tear after about 5 years. You could look at that in terms of oh well it only costs about £0.02 per day or £10 a year, but the fallen apart parts I have sat on the desk in front of me are worth a few penny's at most, so I feel quite justified in saying that this is a rip off especially considering the price being asked for the HD555 replacement earpad which is like I say more or less the same basic material's.
I think it's a pretty well-known strategy that many manufacturers intentionally make replacement parts and repair costs very high in order to discourage repairs. They can make more money more easily if you just buy one of their new products. It's a shame, because we should really repair what we have. It's better financially as well as better for our natural resources.
It's actually a lot lower than that. A buddy of mine was formerly an automotive engineer in Detroit (before the fallout), and he told me the difference between the $15K Dodge minivan and the delux $45K Chrystler minvan was about $600 in parts.
But, your point is absolutely true.
Watch this space so far as the 'make your own' equation goes, because I can cut and sew and glue and fabricate and weld if necessary.... and if someone's absolutely ticked me off then I take great pleasure in going one better than them.... make a note Sennheiser, if you read this forum, even though I am a 20 years plus loyal customer you have more than ticked me off charging such a over inflated price.
I fail to see your logic in the Sennheiser Legal taking issue Uncle Erik - you cannot stop someone making tyres for cars, or windows that fit in window size holes in buildings, or doors that go into door size spaces - if Sennheiser do not want people making something to use with their products in the aftermarket then they can start now by stopping the companies who make specialist cables, because if I decide to make accessory earpads that are superior and cheaper then I will do so and if I decide to then go on step further and manufacture them and then sell them then I will do so.