SimAudio and Kef Blade doing the show stopping rounds presently.
Possibly consider ModWright, arguably producing the finest solid state at the mo...
"Total nonsense, there is no such things as a margin of 150% - 200%. Your distributor doesn't know the difference between margins and % mark ups. I reckon a shop makes 30-35% margin after VAT, if we ask 10% that is some chunk still, a mad business model unless you are a box shifter with no store."
I'm not sure I understood all of your text. I really spoke about the distributor, not the final seller. I don't know what your experience is, so it could absolutely be possible that you didn't encountered this siutation in the past.
For a while, I wanted to becoming an official listening spot of a rare amp brand. I asked the distributor if it's possible to becoming a listening place. I would receive his clients in my geografical zone and will send them to him if they want an amp. He was interested, after a while, he was ok for selling me the amp to the factory price, it was around 2.5k euros with vat and transport. The official sell price of the amp is more than 6k euros. So, as you can see, just one example, it could be an exception, but I believe he's not an isolated case.
I'm not speaking english very well. I'm excusing for all mistakes.
Cost of goods at 2.5K and selling at 6.0K = 58.3% Margin, but 140.0% Mark Up.
Source 1) "Inspired" Manticore Mantra turntable c/w Rega RB 301 arm, Goldring 1042 MM Cartridge, Graham Slee Reflex M phono stage, Graham Slee CuSat 50 interconnect
Source 2) Cyrus CD8 SE CD player
Source 3) iTunes (ALAC), iMac, Devolo Homeplugs, Apple TV3, Toslink, Arcam rDAC
Source 4) Technics SL-7 linear tracking turntable.
Roksan Kandy L3 amp, Spendor A5 speakers.
Other rooms: more Airport Expresses and Homeplugs with Denon AV system and Denon Mini system.
If he was willing to sell you the amps at below trade price, i.e at factory prices, it tells me one thing, he wasn't selling any
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