$139 *shipped*??? Yeah I Know It's Mdf, But How Do These Guys Make Money????

Discussion in 'Cabinets & Speakers' started by Adieu, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. AlvisX

    AlvisX Well-Known Member

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    If I was 16 years old ,I'd be all over this ...of course when I was 16 yrs old, 100 dollars was a mint
    Looks like it was 4 x G 12 M 70

    https://jackson.craigslist.org/msg/d/madison-carvin-4x12-cabinet/6781004156.html
     
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    chuckharmonjr Well-Known Member

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    I own two of Seismic's 2x12's. They work very well for me and show a good quality of build. I gig with them all the time and never had any issues at all.
     
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    Rght, my 1960 A with G12T75s was $600 brand new from MF in 1996.
    How in the hell are they $1200+ today?
    Labor and materials haven't doubled since then.

    Even at retail. a quad of Celestions doesn't cost that much.
    A sheet of plywood and tolex plus trim & handles...
    They ain't hard to make. Certainly not $1200 worth of hard to make.
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Still it boils down to free enterprise and economics. On average a consumer product whether a loaf of bread or a house will double in retail value between 10 and 20 years given the times and demand.

    Labor pay never follows the same laws. It is a downward spiral. People in general are fickle and dumb. Thank you bankers for extending so much credit.
     
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  5. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Allegedly: "Adjusted for inflation, $1.00 in 1996 is equal to $1.64 in 2019."

    Practically: inflation is noticeably higher... cheap electronics as those young industries have matured, as well as outsourced disposable crap, often subsidized by the Chinese government to gain market share, have maintained an illusion that the dollar retains more buying power. It doesn't.

    Chinese $12 sweatshirts and $39 boots don't last like $200 American clothing or British boots. You can't compare something that lasts weeks or months vs years or over a decade.

    So: $1200 now is the same thing (or less!) than $600 during the Clinton administration
     
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    In the 90's when "free trade" with a communist country was ok'd by the Gov it was to mask the negative affects of neo-liberal economic policy.
     

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