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    I make jokes about it myself. But in reality most of the hi5 stores around here have failed.
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    My brother and I had dealt with Leonard’s radio for nearly 20 years before they went out of business about 1983. With CDs making great demands on my system I replaced my Sansui receiver with an Dynaco Preamp, PAT5 and amp. But now I wanted to step from my Advent speakers.


    A new store opened up on Queens Boulevard just a few blocks from my house. I went in to buy speakers. The sales person asked me what I had and then where I got them. He said that I was very stupid buying stereo equipment from the store That was closing. I said they gave me a good price. He repeated himself and said I was stupid for buying it.


    I walked right out of the store!


    A year later that store had closed and 25 miles away I accompany my friend when he went t audio exchange to buy speakers. To my surprise I was greeted by that same sales person. I asked for a different one, Much to his chagrin
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    0 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lefisc View Post
    To my surprise I was greeted by that same sales person. I asked for a different one, Much to his chagrin
    Good for you. I am still shocked to hear your AV War Stories. That attitude would never fly down here.

    For years, I had "my guy" at HiFi Buys in the Atlanta area. He really went out of his way to answer my questions and give me plenty of hands-on time with any gear that I wanted. After a few visits, he had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for and he would call (long distance) to let me know of anything new that came in that I might be interested in. As a result, I followed him to another store after that location closed and bought a good bit of equipment from him over the years.

    He (John) helped me build my first surround system back in the Dark Ages of home theater.

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    This to me is one of the funniest and silliest stories. It was about 1988 and I saw an ad at a local store for a Lynn turntable. The sale price was $150. I went to the store. They asked me to sit down and took out the receipt book, Asked me for my name and address and then said that I’ll be $1900.



    Surprised I got up and I said that I saw it the newspaper for $1500. They said sit down, and I did. They told me was a great turntable and that I’ll be very happy with it and it was $1900. I got up and said that you advertised it for $1500. They said we’ll work it out sit down



    They said this is a Lynn turntable, its the best and its $1900 I got up to leave. They asked me to stay and said they had sold all the $1500 units and asked me to sit down as they took out their receipt book. I didn’t and said every time I sit down the price goes up $400!

    I left and bought our VPI 19 Mark III which I soon updated to the Mark IV. I’ve had that for 30 years.

    Another time I went to hear what would have been my first surround speakers at another store. Before I bought I asked to hear it. The salesman said, “its a Fosgate” And did not turn them on. I said I can’t buy them unless I hear them. He said, “these are Fosgates” OK just let me hear them. He said why do you want to hear them it’s a Fosgate. Let me tell you that the speakers were not to be put flat against the wall. They were on a triangle with one side going on the wall and the two other sides had a pair the speakers on them. I have no idea how it would sound. And the cost $1,900 in 1988. But every time I asked to hear them, and they were set up, the sales guy just kept saying “These are Fosgates.” When he went to get me a pair, although I never said I would buy them, I left.

    Ironically, the company went out of business or was sold and I was able to get a pair, a couple years later from a different dealer, for $200. I never particularly liked them, but they were fosgates.
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    Seriously, Barry, they are Fosgates.

    I am very happy that most of the insane AV salespeople are up north.

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    ROFL Barry.
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