Originally Posted by jiggahwhat
Please we must protect the profits of headphone companies marketing these devices at hundreds of dollars above material/labor cost. Sure - $399 is almost unprecedentedly cheap for a planar magnetic. But don't think for a second they aren't making bank off of the HE-400s popularity.
Nonsense. Do you have any idea as to what business costs actually are? Health premiums for a family? $18,000+ per year. Social Security? Yes, the small business owner have to pay "both" portions: both the employer side and the employee side. This is approximately 15% alone. While the gross profit might seem high on paper, the net profit is what matters. The net profit is nearly peanuts. What about the vendors who provide free "overnight" shipping and it runs $40.00? Again, more business expenses.
I hardly think most business owners are living in 1.5 million dollar houses because some of them have taken advantage of profits by gouging a customer. Me? I'll gladly pay $399 day in and day out for the HE-400 headphones. If one doesn't agree with the pricing structure, they can vote with their wallet. They can choose to go with another brand or just refuse to buy the product.
Edit: I'm 49 years old and I've been doing analysis of business for many, many years. Life is much more than getting a bargain. Sure, I love to save money as much as the next guy, but I also look at the realistic side of things, too.
Edited by wje - 1/30/13 at 3:53pm