Drop EU distribution closing? Plans for the future?

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I saw an online post by Drop that they're closing EU distribution and will have blowout prices. But nothing has been added to the EU Collection. Any updates?
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HunterVee
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Jan 2, 2020
Yea, the prices of the EU Collection made Drop lose a lot of customers and potential customers, the prices of the PRODUCTS THAT ARE ACTUALLY MADE IN EU were enraging. Though, to be fair... i think we need to hold everyone to the same standard. What i mean is for years now we are being shtooped hardcore from the rear without vaseline or even a curtsy reach-around here in the EU as far as prices go. Sennheiser, Focal, Beyerdynamics and even AKG... ALL of these EU based companies that produce in the EU have been conning us for years now. Sell a headphone that is made in EU, inside the EU for €500 yet in the US for $500 (~€445), how the fudge? Yes, EU has a sales tax but COMMON, shipping fees, import fees, and stocking fees applied and US price is lower, just how...?!? I work in the EU in a medical manufacturing company, and our products prices in the US are much higher than in the EU due to all of the above, and yes thats with distributors in the US so apples to apples, all of these companies have distributors in the US as far as im aware. Shame on all these companies... shame on them. Now if Drop wants to do good by its EU customers, gain us back as well as our trust, all awhile doing good business of course, than it needs to drop the shenanigans. If a product is made in America than yes, higher EU price i can understand, it is acceptable, and not out of the ordinary. But if a product is made in the EU? price needs to be either the same as the US offering price or better. And when i say same i don't mean that in Drop US it is $500 and in Drop EU it is €500... no... if its $500 in Drop US, it should be around €445, round it up to €450 for currency fluctuation. If you choose to keep it all in $USD than same $USD prices for EU made products. That is the proper way to do business, we consumers are not idiots. This is not a mall, it is the internet, we are people shopping online, and enthusiasts at that, don't play down our intelligence we see through cons.
LuckyLuke575
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Dec 20, 2019
It seems like they lost a lot of customers are a result of Massdrop's hoaxes, price increases, and failed promises. The pricing on the products was also a total conjob, seeing as they just marked up the US prices, even though many of the products are actually made in EU, so even the 19% sales tax argument is bullshit, because the US prices already include import duty and cross border shipping from Europe.
audiotubes
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Dec 21, 2019
I agree 100% and I was very disappointed with the way drop mishandled this. I buy most of my electronics on ebay. I do try to buy from inside EU, but ebay, unlike scamazon, has one price no matter where you live, no matter how many times you look at the product on their site. They have a global shipping program with fair prices and you get your item knowing the bottom line price, no surprises. Therefore when you buy from ebay it's easy to know exactly what goes into the product price, what goes into the shipping and customs charges. And if you don't like it you can choose something else. I just paid 510 USD for a pair of Fostex on drop and then a week after I get them the price goes down to 370. I don't know what the final price turned out to be if it was lower or whatever but I call bullshit on this. Just give us the same price as the Americans (and give us a better price for Sennheiser, Beyer, etc. that are made in Europe!) and show us the actual shipping with customs charges included. Then you would have people buying in Europe. You cancelled your program because we felt ripped off. Maybe we're right, maybe we're wrong, but with no transparency and with higher prices for European gear, you (drop.com) shot yourselves in the ass. Everybody loses now.
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LuckyLuke575
552
Dec 21, 2019
Totally agree man. The reality is that they're a bunch of IT PALOOKAS sitting in an office in SF without a clue how to do things outside of their PALOOKA website and make PALOOKA decisions that affect their customers and users. They seem to think that they're the only ppl with any intelligence and logic in world, and users are a bunch of dumb asses that can get bullshitted by rosy posts and product launches. I was a big supporter of the EU store, and had a genuine interest in supporting the concept, but they had such a limited range and HIGHER prices than the US store for European products!!! How the f*** do they expect customers to pay money into a scheme like that? I've bought plenty of gear from Amazon EU and eBay in the time this store has been up (stuff that's regularly available on the US listings).
Evshrug
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Dec 19, 2019
I also saw such a comment. My impression was that they’re trying to use up their existing inventory (so it wouldn’t make sense for them to add new things to the EU Collection).
audiotubes
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Dec 25, 2019
Yeah Alloy, not "Allow" damn spell-messers! Anyway, I am not sure if there is a non FPS edition but the ones I am buying are all Alloy FPS.
Evshrug
2260
Jan 2, 2020
Since I broke My right arm, The humerus bone which is right between the elbow and shoulder, on New Year’s eve, I have had to rely a ton on dictation and I can totally understand how the computer doesn’t always say what you try to make it say! But yes, the Kingston headphones are surprisingly good, I think in part because they partner with really good audio companies. I forget which line of Kingston headphones are basically Odyssey, spelt with an AU, Mobius headphones with fewer features. By the way, that also means that I would not of been able to use a cool new keyboard for about two months anyway 🤣 Edit: unless they make a keyboard that you can mount to your left hip and type on vertically! Wasn’t there something like that in a really weird episode of Cowboy Bebop?
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