Building a shared retail space

July 19, 2019
 by Paul McGowan

4 comments on “Building a shared retail space”

  1. Paul would know. If this concept can't be made to work in or near Boulder given his neighbors in the vicinity (Boulder Amps, YG, Ayre, Sanders, Rowland, and who knows who else) and with an outfit like The Music Room in nearby Erie with its selection of used high-end gear, it looks like this idea, as attractive as it sounds, is D.O.A.

  2. It just goes to show the high cost of a bricks and mortar retail outlet when you can offer shipping both ways and a full trade in value on the old equipment. Though this business model must also drive up the cost of the product, just not as much as a retail store does and leaves enough profit margin to be worthwhile.

    But shipping companies realize this and their greed is showing. Also the greed of State governments are showing, many are forcing dealers to collect sales tax on out of State online sales which I believe is going to badly hurt the online business model. To make matters worse if a State where the product is sold has a 5% sales tax and the State where the purchaser resides has an 8% sales tax they are not collecting at the 5% rate which it should be but rather the 8% rate which is screwing those who live in high taxed States.

    I mean if someone living in a high taxed State were to travel to a lower taxed State and made a purchase of any product that State doesn't charge the tax rate of where the purchaser lives but rather the tax of the State where the sales occurred. Why should this be any different with a sale made online?

    I would say these high taxed States have some federal politicians in their pocket. As usual government greed has to step in and ruin a good thing. It wasn't enough that they were capitalizing on the generated tax revenues of online sales whether through shipping taxes or income taxes of online employment.

    The government and greedy shippers are going to destroy online or cripple it to the point where bricks and mortar shops might make a comeback but it won't be saving consumers any money the way online purchases once did.

    1. A pair of Stellar M700 sell for EUR 3.700,- (~ US$ 4,160.-) compared to US$ 3,200.-. US retail is without sales tax. In Europe including whopping 21,5 % sales tax.
      So, fellow audiophiles in the US, count your blessings with PS Audio.

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