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In Reply to: RE: Stereophile / Do Your Homework posted by email@example.com on January 11, 2017 at 08:07:22
The problem with just using inflation calculators is that the price doesn't just take into account inflation. If you bought a house in 1980 for a whopping $40,000 it should sell today for $117,000. But in fact in Vancouver that house would sell for $1.2million Ten times what it should be selling for.
With that little tone arm lifter - strait inflation says it should sell for $60 if it sold for $20 in 1980. But that $20 device could be spread over thousands and thousands of units sold - economy of scale. Everyone had a turntable. Audiophile or not. That is not the case today - turntables are a niche product - further the cheap tables are likely all automatics. So they have to charge higher amounts as they are going to sell far fewer units. Fewer still at $249!!
And, let's not forget that the U.S. dollar is worth crap these days. "Strong dollar" my ass. In 1980, the dollar would get you about 3 Swiss francs. Today, it barely gets you ONE.
In 1980, the dollar would get you about 3 Swiss francs. Today, it barely gets you ONE.
fly to Zurich for your chocolate craving?
Actually, even though I love chocolate, I don't eat much of it. My weakness is cheese. Seriously, it's almost impossible to find junk cheese in Suisse. I have four vacuum-wrapped pieces in the fridge right now.
And, don't even get me started on the Zurich (ZRH) airport. Geneve (GVA) is much more user-friendly.
Or it could be the Swiss Franc got stronger. I don't know as I don't follow world currencies.
I live in Hong Kong and the HKD is tied to the US dollar. As a Canadian I moved to Hong Kong in 2011 and 1 Canadian was worth $7.8HKD now it buy's $6HKD. So, needless to say I am VERY happy since I basically got a 25% pay raise in the currency difference. Paid that student loan off in four years (would have take 20 years teaching in Canada or the US. Glad I turned the US job down and the UK job and the Dubai job.
It's not a bad idea for Americans to explore retiring abroad. The dollar goes further - medical bills will be much cheaper and with medicaid and medicare and SS about to be completely gutted over the next couple of years heading to New Zealand or Thailand etc might be a good idea.
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Now we're talking - this Q Up is $50 - less than the 1980 $20 unit which with inflation would be $60 today.
Of course what we failed to mention before was that this is a global economy now - which wasn't the case in 1980. As Toby Ziegler noted in the West Wing - Free trade stops wars...we'll figure the rest out later.
At $50 hell I might buy one now. Except that I live in Hong Kong so I will probably find the knockoff for $12.
How does the Little Fwend at $249 compare to the Q Up at $49? Remember, this is strictly a mechanical device to perform the mechanical function of lifting the tonearm. There's no audio effect, no YMMV, it either works as well or it doesn't.
FWIW, I have a Q Up on my VPI Traveler, and it works flawlessly.
"The passage of my life is measured out in shirts."
- Brian Eno
...I tried one of those back in the day.
It works fine as long as the sticky tape on the bottom holds out.
i used a Stylift just like the one that AD mentions in Stereophile. the little round adhesive was enough to do the job and never gave out.
the Q-up has more area for adhesive so i see no prob there.
Could you not just use blutak instead?
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