I think I've said this before but, in my opinion, a company probably sees this as more advertising for their product than getting "sales". So I'd THINK they'd be more willing to take a decent cost hit with dedicated "mini-ambassadors" (Massdrop users) to get product exposure (but I'm obviously wrong). If they did drop significantly, there'd probably be more sales "caps" but I think most would trade that for lower prices. Obviously some of the companies view it this way and others don't. Hopefully more will. They really almost have no choice because sure, you get them for same price at Amazon but the average person who goes on to Amazon saying "I'm going to spend $65 on some earbuds" is going to quickly get overwhelmed by choices. Maybe increase our "buying power" by making us write a review at a place of the company's choice?
If these headphones have 1,000+ reviews as opposed to 504, how would that affect their sales? I bet buy a lot. Etymotic may be a bad example for this because they're relatively well known but I think the point is taken. The Bravo Audio Ocean has 94 reviews on Amazon, if it had 594? I think that be a game changer for them.