Originally Posted by Soaa-
I don't understand. Why would I BS you? You're missing the big picture. In fact, it was never even a question of how much it costs to make an IEM. Manufacturers make IEMs. They set a price that they think people will pay for them. If people buy them at that price, then a fair trade has been done and both the buyer and the seller profit. If another company thinks it can make similar quality IEMs and price them lower to sell more, they can. Such is competition, and such is the free market.
I encourage you to think of all the costs needed to even get from nothing to manufacturing the first pair of IEMs. Otherwise, you're just complaining because you want something for less than the price listed.
I encourage you to understand that I worked a manufacturing engineer, liaison engineer between manufacturing and r+d, worked for large corps, and small boutiques. I know the whole process from the jump to the finish. I know what things cost, I know what the ROI is on these things. It is my life's work to know these things. So you sitting trying to explain this to me and soft peddle this is almost an insult, because I know what all the costs are.
There is a pretty healthy disdain around here for Monster Cable because people know how they run their business. All these headphone manufacturers are doing the exact same thing. I am not saying it is wrong, they do it because they can. A free market dictates you get as much for your product as the market will pay.
The reason these products get so much in the market, is because their is a ton of ignorance in people that allows these companies to elevate their products to an artificial, and exorbitantly high value. This is all a marketing game, the same one Monster plays with their ridiculous margins. If people knew the truth, the price points would plummet, and these people would still be making large profits. I know the costs, and I still participate in the game, because I enjoy the products. I just do it knowing full well what kind of margin I am dealing with. It is maddening when a company charges 350 for a headphone made in china, and I see all the little corners that are cut in the product design, and then you get poor warranty service at the end of it all.
I am not complaining, I am stating facts. This may be a bit uncomfortable for some of the people in the business to see stated in a place like this, but the truth hurts sometimes.
Edited by Billyjoegunrack - 7/9/11 at 3:46pm