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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I am a 17 year old guy who is hifi passionated. So i'm looking for a grado headphone sr80i , that i saw and tested by my friend, and i was very impressionate. So i look for one since 6 monthes but in france it costs 150$ and it is too expensive for me. But in usa it costs just 99$ and even less in avhifi( 15 or 25 % reduction) , but they don't want to ship it to me because of a trade with grado, for nonsens reasons . So would someone agree with buy a grado sr80i and a cardridge grado black in avhifi with a reduction code, and ship it to me? I would pay with paypal before you ship it.
Thank you
Stephane
post #2 of 17
Thread Starter 

and sorry for my bad english but i'm french, that's a good reason! :p

post #3 of 17

Tbh if you can't afford the SR80i you should just get the SR60i. Getting around national Grado price differences hurts Grado, and people doing this is one of the reasons why they're so expensive outside of the States.

 

What's a reduction code?

post #4 of 17

I would have paid $150 for my 80is. They sound that good! 

post #5 of 17

Hi!

 

I'm the friend of Steph who let him listen to my Grado SR80i. We both definitely love it, and I finally bought a pair of HF2's, that I enjoy more than ever. The problem is the really desappointing foreign policy of Grado. Maybe I'm too young, and can't understand the benefits of doubling the prices (yes, when my firiend talks about $150, it's actually $176,92 http://www.son-video.com/Rayons/Hifi/Casques/Grado_SR80.html S&H out, that is the price of a SR225, with a coupon code I have in AVHifi store for a precedent order), but in my opinion, buying a pair of headphones in France or in the US is the same for Grado, and for us, considering that we agree to take the risk of the shipping, the taxes, the aftermarket services harder to get... I think if I was working, I would have paid the extra cost to buy the pair in France, because these are definitely great, but for students, you've got to admit that it's harder, and that saving 50 or 60 bucks is always a benefit, I'm sure you nearly all experimented that.

 

Anyway, after this tirade, if someone has the kindness to ship him a pair of SR80i and a Grado Black Cartridge, we would both appreciate it! 

 

Thank you very, very much!

 

Antoine

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
But why do we pay more outside of the us? And they do not want to ship it to us because of trade reasons : a seller ( one of the 8 i asked) said to me that they didnt want anymore to ship in france their product because of problems with the after sell service(i'm not that kind of person that will bory for a little thing)... And the sr60i, less interessant, is sold in france for 99€ so 135$ and sorry the sr80i is sold for 130€, i didnt do the conversion it is 180$ :
http://www.son-video.com/Rayons/Hifi/Casques/Grado_SR80.html
Thank you at all for your answer i'll have to wait such to discover the Universe of grado.
post #7 of 17

Alessandro MS-1. They are modified Grado based on Alessandro requirements, and made by Grado. $99/$109 shipped to anywhere in the world.

 

http://www.alessandro-products.com/main.php?p=headphones

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by burnliff View Post

Tbh if you can't afford the SR80i you should just get the SR60i. Getting around national Grado price differences hurts Grado, and people doing this is one of the reasons why they're so expensive outside of the States.

 

 

why would this be one of the reasons that price is high in the first place.

It's normal they are a little bit higher because it's a USA based brand, but the differences between Grado US price and EU price are ridiculous and asking for the kind of actions the OP takes. This was not necessary if it were just normal prices here in EU. We're used to paying more for things, there are several reasons for that (f.e. dollar-euro currency), but Grado is exaggerating it

 

To OP, you have 2 other options as wel: as stated by Canin above this, buy MS-1 http://www.alessandro-products.com/headphones.html 

You can also keep a look out for Grado's at the FS section here at head-fi and/or make a Wanted topic there at FS.

 

Good luck!

post #9 of 17

Does anyone know why Grado doesn't want to sell their products outside of the US in the first place?

There is such a big demand for Grado headphones in other countries, it seems retarded for a company that wants to make money not to fulfill that demand.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Aizura View Post

Does anyone know why Grado doesn't want to sell their products outside of the US in the first place?

There is such a big demand for Grado headphones in other countries, it seems retarded for a company that wants to make money not to fulfill that demand.



You can buy Grado in EU, on our country I know a few places. The problem is that they make you buy at those EU places and restrict US sellers to only sell it there; they aren't allowed too sell overseas.

 

Since f.e. a SR225 is 199 usd there (145 euro's), exactly the same model costs 269 euro's in the Netherlands. That's not a little bit higher, it's literally almost twice the price.

 

So I guess the reason has something to do with money/profit. They want to protect the local prices by restricting US sellers.

post #11 of 17

This thread answers many questions here:

 

An Interview With John Grado

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

thank you for your answers and thank you antoine for help me :), 

i saw that alessandro headphone were less fun and more neutral than grado, and antoine describes me the grado sr80i as a great fun headphone, that's why i'm more looking for a grado than for a alessandro and in addition, as antoine mentionned, i'm looking for a good cardridge. so i would be very grateful if anyone could do it for me, and i could ship him anything from france, but i don't think that it would be very interesting :D

thank you at all 

steph

post #13 of 17

That's what you want to buy if you're not in the US.  Great deal!

 

- Ed
 

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Originally Posted by Cankin View Post

Alessandro MS-1. They are modified Grado based on Alessandro requirements, and made by Grado. $99/$109 shipped to anywhere in the world.

 

http://www.alessandro-products.com/main.php?p=headphones

post #14 of 17

I really don't think you'll be missing any fun with the Alessandro.  But as someone else pointed out, a used Grado can be a great deal, especially given the EU distributors' new prices.

 

- Ed

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by falis View Post

I really don't think you'll be missing any fun with the Alessandro.  But as someone else pointed out, a used Grado can be a great deal, especially given the EU distributors' new prices.

 

- Ed


I agree, the MS1 is great.
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