Originally Posted by Speakerphile
Originally Posted by PANGES
You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit.
From the looks of it, Shure has a pretty tight pricing policy. Because of this, a place that would sell them at $380 is not an authorized dealer. If they are, they probably won't be for long. So you are really just looking for a dealer that is either dishonestly buying grey-market gear, or one that is being dishonest in their relationship with Shure. Not really the type of dealer that I would trust to keep my best interests in mind. Just my 2 cents...
Well, the tight pricing policies that manufacturers give are usually just for advertised pricing; however, if you call or email places (ie: vendors on this forum), you'll likely receive a much lower price than advertised. And yes, I got the SE535's and Westone 4's from authorized dealers for much lower than the advertised price. Come to think of it, i rarely need to pay full MSRP on headphones unless I'm impatient and want them right when they're released. I'm sure the same goes for most head-fiers.
Also, even if you don't make contact with the vendors, if you visit some of the ones around head-fi, you'll notice they usually put discount codes up. For example, earphonesolutions.com was doing a 20% discount code, which brought the SE535's down to around $399-400. I wouldn't exactly consider them a dishonest dealer. They also offer 2 year warranties. :D
Either way, it's your money, and if you wish to pay full MSRP for everything, then more power to you. I'm just trying to help another head-fier make the most out of his money.
Edited by PANGES - 10/2/12 at 8:20pm