Richer Sounds - Price claim integrity?
Hope this is in the right section - my first post.
I should say this is not a post to slag off RS, I've bought from them in the past and may buy from them again but I'm worried.
I'm considering replacing my system and have been doing some comparison of prices. RS's pricing and price claims seem 'idiosincratic' to say the least.
On Cambridge stuff they claim a discount against 'TSP - typical selling price' but they are exclusive retailers of CA stuff so the 'TSP' is the RS price. On the Azur 540A v2 this site gives the price as £250, RS list price is £279.95 ie £30 more! On the 540C RS list at £229.95 - again £30 over the pirice quoted on here
This is an issue on their separates bundle deals when their claimed '£160 saving' is made up of £30 + £30 'extra' on CA components and the rest is against the £150 TSP on MS speakers (which RS are also involved with) so £100 saving at best.
On NAD components the RS price claims seem even more bizarre. The C325BEE is listed by RS at £269.95 and 'lowest price guaranteed' but Superfi have it at £229.99 (£40 difference!), The C515BEE has a similar price claim and again Superfi are cheaper (by £10). As superfi is very similar to RS and their pricing is clear and obvious I'm concerned the RS price claims are at best 'fly' and possibly dishonest.
Are Richer Sounds, after all, being dishonest with their price claims and expoiting customers?
Has it made you question Rs as a company that respects its customers? It's certainly made me think twice about them