More and more dealers? More and more products?
In the high-end audio market? In this economy?
What am I missing?
Assume I am missing nothing and that the barrier to entry is just so low, we get lots of new people every year trying to make a go of it.
Personally, I would recommend going into real estate if you got so much extra cash. Opportunities like this only come once every twenty years or more. THEN, go into audio, later, with your millions to throw away.
Anyway, after almost 7 years in this business, I think we are finally where people no longer think of us a newbies. Which just goes to show that established dealers and manufacturers do get to claim the high ground with respect to audiophiles shopping around for something to buy, someone to ask questions of. someone they respect – and it is a tough row to hoe to get from Newbie to Established.
But it can be fun – if not taken too seriously. And if one does not get turned off too much by knowing the ugly details of the thing you have loved from the outside.
I will say that the scoundrels are few and far inbetween, and that people are almost always very nice people, and, curiously, it is their very idiosyncrasies that probably got them into high-end audio in the first place that keeps most of them from really succeeding in the market place.