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Old 08-13-2011, 04:49 PM
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Default McIntosh dealer pricing policy....I'm just confused!

First off, in NO WAY am I trying to start controversy or drama by initiating this thread. I’m simply curious as to McIntosh’s official stance…..

I have been buying my Mc gear from the same Chicago dealer now for about 15 years. Last week, I purchased a new MC302 from them.

Ok, about 5 years ago I moved to IN. Last year, a new brick and mortar dealer opened up in my city. I stopped there today for the first time to look around the store and noticed they carried Mc. In conversation, I mentioned that I’m a huge Mc fan and over the years I’ve built a relationship with a dealer in Chicago (I didn’t mension ANYTHING about price). Being curious, I asked the dealer if they discounted their Mc gear at all. His comment to me was….”No! McIntosh has a strict dealer policy that we cannot sell below list price.”

Is this true? Is it against Mc policy for a dealer to discount product?

Again, not trying to stir the pot or get anyone in trouble, just curious if my local dealer is correct (and my Chicago dealer is wrong) and what Mc's "official stance" is on the pricing subject.

Thx!

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Old 08-13-2011, 04:55 PM
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First off, in NO WAY am I trying to start controversy or drama by initiating this thread. I’m simply curious as to McIntosh’s official stance…..

I have been buying my Mc gear from the same Chicago dealer now for about 15 years. Last week, I purchased a new MC302 from them. As always, they passed on a 20% discount of Mc’s list price.

Ok, about 5 years ago I moved to IN. Last year, a new brick and mortar dealer opened up in my city. I stopped there today for the first time to look around the store and noticed they carried Mc. In conversation, I mentioned that I’m a huge Mc fan and over the years I’ve built a relationship with a dealer in Chicago (I didn’t mension ANYTHING about price). Being curious, I asked the dealer if they discounted their Mc gear at all. His comment to me was….”No! McIntosh has a strict dealer policy that we cannot sell below list price.”

Is this true? Is it against Mc policy for a dealer to discount product?

Again, not trying to stir the pot or get anyone in trouble, just curious if my local dealer is correct (and my Chicago dealer is wrong) and what Mc's "official stance" is on the pricing subject.

Thx!
I have serious doubts about such a policy from Mc....
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:56 PM
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We normally do not post discounts here. You may want to edit your post.

Everyone has a different relationship with the dealer(s) so I don't think too many here will say what they paid for a given product. As far as McItnosh's Official Policy, I think they are more worried about selling only to local customers and over the counter not over the net. They also do not want dealers selling "current product" even if used or a demo over the net either.

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Old 08-13-2011, 05:17 PM
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Sorry, but this thread really won't be answered. As I mentioned, we don't discuss dealer discounts.
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:36 PM
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Sorry all.....my intension wasn't to discuss the actual dealer "discount %'s." I just wondered what Mc's policy was.

I'll just keep buying from my "regular dealer" and enjoy the fact he helps me out.

Thanks anyways and sorry again.
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JWJW.......Don't feel bad about this issue. It's a road we've been down several times, and came to the understanding that each of us makes our own deals with our dealers. One man's long standing special relationship with a particular dealer may not afford the next new customer the same special consideration. It is always best to play the discount and cost cards close to your chest. You're good, and we know it.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:02 PM
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Yeah, I love you and you love me!

I love you enough to bring you (the dealer) my needs and hence the business, while you (the dealer) will love me in return to give me the "best deal". "Best Deal" can vary from person to person.

Yup, build that relationship and hopefully, it will yield the kind of sincerity and discount you are seeking to having that pride of ownership of that piece/pieces of nice equipment you so like.

I am still learning about this part .... as I change BRANDS so often

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Old 08-13-2011, 06:07 PM
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I'm willing to venture as to that Mc will not enforce a MRP policy in a dealership contract.

It's an unwritten rule to 1) pump the brand, 2) restrict/protect [poorly] the logistics and regions of dealers, 3) an excuse by the dealer to try to show a stronger negotiation stance.

All I can say is that my dealer and I have a very good relationship, albeit a long distance one. There is no bullshit and no hassle, something both of us like.
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GIK Acoustics
GIK Acoustics
Esoteric
Esoteric
Steve Blinn Designs
Steve Blinn Designs
Krell
Krell
Wyred 4 Sound
Wyred 4 Sound
Legend Audio & Video
Legend Audio & Video
Audio by E
Audio by E
TAD Labs
TAD Labs
Bryston
Bryston
WireWorld Cables
WireWorld Cables
Aerial Acoustics
Aerial Acoustics
Accuphase
Accuphase
Aluminati Sound
Aluminati Sound
Shunyata Research
Shunyata Research
Delicious Decibels
Delicious Decibels