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Old 6th January 2013, 09:51 PM   #131
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Just to clarify my comment on handbags, the point I was trying to make is that it is clear to all that an expensive handbag does not carry out the function of 'receptacle for carrying items' any better than a cheap one - it might even do it worse. It has other functions of course, at which it might excel, but they do not relate to carrying items.

Conversely, 'high end audio' is claimed to be actually better at providing music. Like the handbag, in some cases it might actually be worse at doing this. It has other functions of course, at which it might excel, but they do not relate to conveying music.
 
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Then don't waste your money on expensive hi end components. It is as easy as that, but the 'profits' are an illusion, made up mostly by people who don't know any better.
Sure, over the decades, I have worked with a number of people who started out relatively poor and they became millionaires. USUALLY, it is in the promotion of the the product that they excel, not the DESIGN of the product, and if they hit the market at just the right time with just the right product, they can make it big. However, it would seem that many of you out there must have done something to make a successful living. What is the difference, really? Are you a good insurance salesman, auto dealer, what?
 
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A good technician who deals well with high-end clients. Both are important.

BTW John, any comment on my Post #116?
 
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Sometimes that 'bridge' too difficult for a single individual, Pano, that is why many people, like me, like to partner up with someone with a 'golden tongue', who is naturally liked, etc. Unfortunately, they usually run off with the money, after a time. Been there, done that, more than once.
 
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yes, well... salesmen are a necessary evil.
 
Old 6th January 2013, 10:31 PM   #136
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I agree. Why pick on the small companies in the hifi industry? It's not like they make a fortune. They are barely making ends meet. Been there, done that, got out of the business after 3 years and now making much more money much more easily. I think we should pick on professionals in other industries, instead.
 
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My experience too, never made the kind of money I make in my current day job when I was trying to make a go of it as a boutique vendor. More like scraping by at best, and mostly eating up my nest egg at worst.
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I found it was easier, more than 20 years ago, just to work as a consultant for Parasound. I make more money, get more products produced that I feel in charge of, and I don't have the run the whole business. I will never get rich, but Vendetta Research never made much money, either, neither did CTC. I am happy with the situation, but it has not been easy.
 
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The message isn't just that the manufacturers make unjustified profits: I'm sure half of them don't make much, because they're just one step up from hobbyists, pursuing a dream. The message is also that punters are paying through the nose for these people's white elephants, confused by what is real and what is not, encouraged by magazines and reviewers that should know better.
 
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