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This is mostly the answer to LuckyEights and WMAH's concerns. I'm with you guys on the gambling issue as I really am not that eager to receive HEM2 (or even HEM4).
Gambling aside, if you do the math it's quite simple. The value of this drop is $285 for your $170 (not including shipping and not counting the sweeten the pot headphones which add less than $1).
The math for those interested: 200*0.50 + 300*0.25 + 400*0.15 + 500*0.10 = 285
The discount is: 285-170 = $115 or 115/285*100 = ~40%
So, overall, each of us is getting a $115 (or a 40%) discount on combined value of all the various models that our group will get as a whole.
If this drop organizer and/or manufacturer just offered a flat 40% (or alternatively $115) discount and let people choose the IEM model they want, the seller's cost and the buyers' value would remain the same as this drop. And, if seller wanted to, they could even keep the gambling option, as well, for those seeking excitement. It would also help the manufacturer estimate the demand for specific models / price points.
I don't see how it would be different money-wise for seller/manufacturer unless of course, they have a huge stockpile of lower-end models they need to get rid of. If my math an/or reasoning is flawed, feel free to correct me.
Your math is flawed. That's if you assume 50% of the current size buys the HEM2, 25% HEM4, 15%HEM6 and 10% hem8 will select the particular model they want. If given the option, the percentage of hem 8 buyers will be more. You cant just give a straight out calculation of 40% discount.
I understand, the math is within the set purchase ratio (50-25-15-10). However, you can't deny that the estimated value of this drop IS $285 and the seller IS effectively giving us a 40% off claimed MSRPs. If they can afford such a discount for this drop, they should be able to afford it for individual model sales.
Of course, this drop could be just a loss leader to start the buzz and excitement (which it somewhat failed at).
The maths is sound if you go by the assumption that Nuforce makes the same margins across all 4 earphones. This means that a 40% static discount would work out the same no matter what proportions of models are sold.
In reality though, the higher priced earphone is where the higher margins will be. So if we all bought HEM8s then they would make more money comparatively.