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post #76 of 290
I don't think you guys read what I posted, did you.

Edit: I think the only way that this could possibly work is if there is a retailer who already carries the Sony CD3000, and is willing to sell them at a lower rate if purchased from them in large quantities. Note that, in this scenario, they will still be selling it to the group at a rate higher than Sony sells it to them so that they can profit from the transaction. Furthermore, this idea may not work either, as it may very well be the case that making such a deal would mean that the retailer would be violating some sort of contracts or agreements with Sony.
post #77 of 290
Quote:
Originally Posted by minya
Do you realize what you're asking?

Someone sets up a "fake business" so several people can get CD3000s at a wholesale price.

I don't think you're taking into account the amount of work that goes into setting up a business, "fake" or not, and I imagine Sony wouldn't be too keen on selling a microscopic order of headphones to some company they've never heard of.

Not to mention the legality of this idea borders on fraud.

- Chris
I think "conspiracy to defraud a wholesaler" might be the right term.
CPW
PS I'm in at $300
post #78 of 290
In the United States, creating a corporation or LLC that is an actual legal entity (As opposed to just saying "I have a company named X," which is legal but doesn't mean anything) is a process that can take anywhere from two to six weeks and costs several hundred dollars of state fees, plus legal fees. That's probably a bit of overkill for a project like this - a private company would work fine. If, in a few days, noone else has volunteered, I will contact Sony regarding a wholesale purchase. Please note that this is NOT fraud: I would be contacting Sony as a private business interested in the resale of high-end headphones, asking specifically about fifty (or however many) pairs of MDR-CD3000's as a pair of headphones I would like my business to supply. The fact that my company does not advertise and is not a supplier to the general public does not matter - I can call it a mail-order company, if necessary, and only send catalogs to those head-fi members who've stated interest in the group buy. This is all 100% legal, and reselling the headphones at wholesale cost would only cut into my business's profits, not Sony's, so it is my option (assuming, of course, they don't require some minimum resale cost as a condition of supplying them, but I don't expect that they would).

Ugh. I can't believe I volunteered.

Jimmy.
post #79 of 290
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Originally Posted by jnewman
Ugh. I can't believe I volunteered.

Jimmy.
Nicely done! Why wait? Give 'em a call! Truth be told, I doubt the price will get below $300, but even $325 looks to be about $50 below the lowest current price online. Go Jimmy!
CPW
post #80 of 290
Before becoming overly involved in this, you might want to do a search here and at Headwize, as Tyll Hertsens has probably written about trying to deal with Sony. If you can't find anything, somebody might want to talk to Tyll and report back. There's a reason that neither Headroom or Todd carry Sony. If they can't, odds are that you can't either.

Your best bet would be to try and organize this through an existing distributor in Japan. Audiocubes or EIFL might be able to pull something off, if they were paid up front, and people were realistic about a small discount. Otherwise, my bet would be that this isn't happening.
post #81 of 290
Eh, there's not really that much involvement. I just counted up, looks like there're ~20 people interested at $250, ~6 at $200, and three or four at anything under $300. I'll call them up and see if I can get to their distribution section and ask them about it - a small (physical) hifi store starting up probably wouldn't want to buy more than 25 pairs of a single $500 to $600 headphone. Assuming a wholesale price of $250 (I understand that's not necessarily terribly realistic, this is just for the sake of argument) that's $6250 of ONLY MDR-CD3000's - not an unrealistic order for a small single-location store.

Jimmy.
post #82 of 290
I have a couple sales rep's calling me back on a bulk order of 25-30 sets.

ill let you know when they get back to me
post #83 of 290
$250, or less for a new pair of CD3000's? Come on guys, we're ALL dreaming. But if the impossible should happen, count me in!
post #84 of 290
Quote:
Originally Posted by Idiot MD
Tortie, you recently ran/participated in a Quail cable group buy? Care to share your experience or take one for the team?
Those cords only costed less than $15 each. The CD3000s will cost at least $200. This is a different ballgame
post #85 of 290
Quote:
I have a couple sales rep's calling me back on a bulk order of 25-30 sets.

ill let you know when they get back to me
Quote:
Ugh. I can't believe I volunteered.
Can't wait for the good news!
post #86 of 290
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jnewman
Ugh. I can't believe I volunteered.

Jimmy.

We have our guinea pig!

Sorry, I meant to say we have our VOLUNTEER!
post #87 of 290
If you manage to actually get it at sub-$250 prices, I'm definitely in.

~KS
post #88 of 290
Thread Starter 
Did anyone notice on the buy.com website, the price for CD3000 was $379 last night. This morning it went up to $433.
post #89 of 290
Quote:
Originally Posted by ampgalore
Did anyone notice on the buy.com website, the price for CD3000 was $379 last night. This morning it went up to $433.

I did. I emailed them about a volume purchase and the volume purchase manager replied back with his number to call him. I was going to call tonight unless someone else wants to call now.
post #90 of 290
Thread Starter 
Please give him a call tonight.
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