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For those new to the hobby, there may be a thought that the MSRP is real. With some phones it is and it is closely complied with and it has validity. If a company is going to represent something as a good deal and presents itself as bringing to people a product at a very competitive price, then ethics is involved. To say there are no ethics is a sad statement. In capitalism there are and should be ethics and values. This equates to respect to the consumer and truth in what is stated.
To clarify, my statement has nothing to do with country of origin, I can not speak for others. The Fostex TH900 is made in China. The balanced armatures for IEM's are made in China. Nothing to do with origin.
Capitalism's ethic is money. The bottom line is how capitalism works and if you don't understand this then you are naive. With capitalism it is always caveat emptor. Capitalism with an ethic is called socialism.
Here is what MSRP means: The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), list price or recommended retail price (RRP) of a product is the price at which the MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDS that the retailer sell the product. The intention was to help to standardise prices among locations.
The manufacture can determine whatever price they want.
Sad you believe this. But this is a big part of the downfall, the lack of ethics and the belief by some that this is a standard to be accepted when it presents itself. There are many capitalist that are ethical and honest.
This has nothing to do with belief. "Capitalism is in an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit. It is for PROFIT. It is to make money, not to make the world a better place. What's sad is that you don't know the meanings for MSRP or capitalism.