Hee hee , you will get over it Matt especially when its drop money on your new speakers time.
Think I may send Mrs49 in to do the negotiation. Hard as masonry nails, she is.
What classical music are you listening to?
Actually thats a good idea , because when matey says £eleventy twelve quid Mrs Matt , he will get the death stare that us fellas cant do, et voila discount !.
Then again, you don't buy a loaf of bread or a new shirt (a very nice shirt for that money!). My point is: the service is equally important. Does he deliver the stuff home? Help you set things up properly? You can negotiate so effectively that he can't be bothered with that anymore...
BTW, Dev + Blades = the stuff dreams are made off!
PS: don't let him get rid of it with some fancy ICs! You won't need those!
Line up three or four and invite them to tender for your business.
Always assuming that there are 3 or 4 doing what you want, then this sounds an eminently sensible way to go. If you want to be fair, give the dealer who home demoed the combo a bit of latitude, but only a bit. You did home-demo, right????????
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To be serious, at this level, you shouldn't expect a discount. You obviously can afford the gear, so any dealer worth his salt isn't going to come down, not the right market.
If you can afford a Rolex, you don't ask for discounts.
and if you pay full rrp without asking you have had your pants pulled down and EDITED, lemons might like that tho
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You miss the point. Do you think Brad Pitt asks for discounts on a Rolls Royce? Snob market, mate.
Probably the tightest people I know are the ones with shed loads of money...and thats why
Ask for discount and salesmen are there to be abused and insulted
If they didn't want to be they should have paid more attention at school
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@OP - The Blades sounded stunning when I heard them bi-amped with Linn Magic amps and a Kimax DS.......the dealer used Linn K400 S/C.
I suspect they don't sell that many Blades, so do push, especially if (as others have sad), you are getting the whole system in one place. Try to get some decent cables thrown in.
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I don't agree. As the OP mentioned, deals on brand new cars are commonplace (and expected and factored in) at any price level.
Negotiations and deals are commonplace and expected when buying / selling houses at any price level.
Why should hi-fi be immune from this process? Why is it so special?
(And yes, the rich are the hardest bargainers out there. It's partly how they get and stay rich.)
If I spend £600 I am not helping cash flow much.
If I spend £60,000 then the guy's ground rent is paid for another year out of his 'cut'. (I just checked that with annual retail space rental charges for shops near our local hi-fi specialists in the same road and of similar size to make sure.)
One more £60,000 customer and one of his assistants is paid for the whole year.
His 'take' from my £600 will probably only pay for his lunchtime sandwich and coffee for a week or two!
Who will he more readily negotiate with on possible discounts? If I never come back he only has to pay for his own lunch. If £60,000 bloke never comes back ...
(This is not such a fantastic scenario given how many very well-heeled and loyal Naim customers he has. Some of them customers for 25 years or more.)
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(Probably) the best speakers money can buy, now can't be bought, thus leaving the gate open.
... seems to be highly unacceptable practice
High priced gear are subjected to more discounts, IMO. I bought Classe CP-800 on-demo for a month for half the price and brand new was offered at 70% of the retail price
I would say 60% - 65% is your start point. Feel free to talk around with few dealers so that you are not compelled to buy from one. Generally if the dealer gets a feel that you are going to buy right away then the best price comes out. On phone, it is not easy to get the best deals. When you drive to the dealer, he sees your commitment to buy and the best deals are out. Also ask out for the ex-demo equipment as generally you get a great deal on them. HiFi equipment is not like a demo car that gets abused, so demo pieces are a great value buy, IMO
25% discount, I would say is the minimum you should get on brand new.
Please remember that the dealer is as much in the business to sell as you are in the 'business' to buy (though it might be one time only for you). So feel free to go ahead and put up your side and any dealer worth his salt, and want to make a sale will give you a fair offer.
This is all rough ball park, I am saying based on my experience. However your current target system is beyond I ever bought. I might be buying a Devialet at some point of time but that is not in very near future
All this is my observations / impressions so let us not get into analysis of this!
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