What are your thoughts about and experiences with home based dealerships ?
So that everyone is aware, I do not intent to respond to every reply or maybe even any reply and I will not argue or contend the validity of your feelings or statements or experiences. I am simply interested in what you say about this as a topic of interest.
Should more manufacturers attempt to move their products through home based dealerships or go with other options like:
1. factory direct
2. internet based distributors of numerous brands like Audio Advisor, Music Direct, and Crutchfield
3. brick and mortar retail boutique style stores
4. big box retailer store chains like Best Buy
5. internet based auction and purchase sites like Audiogon and EBay
6. industry trade shows like CES and Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
7. manufacturer days at authorized dealers where the manufacturer holds demos and seminars
8. other means ?
What do you think are pros and cons of home based dealerships ?
What was your best experience with a home based dealership ? (not just a great price, but something that stood out in an excellent way that really made a positive impression)
What was your worst experience with a home based dealership ? (please do not mention the names of the businesses or the owners or the addresses)
Should home based dealerships have the same sales territory limits as retail store dealerships ?
Should home based dealerships be required to attend and pass some form and amount of factory training to sell a brand ?
Should a brand's regional sales rep. be required to train and visit the home based dealer to verify a safe and acceptable environment and means of doing business in accordance with that brand's policies ? (I have been to a few home based dealerships for some brands and it was obvious that their rep. never came to the store to see it first hand as the dump that it was and for all of the reasons why including the bodily hygiene of the owner and the exposed electrical wiring and so on)
Should a home based dealership be required to display and stock the same amount of a brand's line as a retail store ?
Should a home based dealership be allowed to also function as the importer and/or distributor for a brand or only as an authorized dealer for a brand ?
Should a home based dealership be allowed to get out of their contract with a brand's importer and/or distributor or the company itself if either is found to be undercutting that dealership on price and/or taking sales instead of directing the customer to that dealership even if the price is not being undercut ?