I do not understand why people keep complaining about resale price each time a new product is released. And I even do not understand why they complain as if it was a new phenomenon.
People complain that digital desks made the price of good old but huge analogue desks drop. People complain that the GLD-80 made the price of the SI-compact drop. People complain that the X32 made the price of all similar previous desks drop. etc.
But do you really care ? I mean, except the fact to self-convince that manufacturers are bad guys, except the pleasure to enjoy frustration of having paid so high an already outdated product, what does it change to your daily life ?
To me there are two approaches:
- either you are a week-end warrior (like me), you bought a SI-C last year and you planed to be use it for about a decade whatever new product are released. You knew that when you bought the console. The features brought by new products are sexy, but they do not justify a new investment because your needs are not that high and your current desk is OK. So you do not need to complain about resale price because you never thought you would resale it. Or if you resale it, this is after ten years and you knew the price will be really low anyway.
- Or you are a real pro and you think in terms of return of investment. The contracts you have cover the console price. When you no longer need the desk, you resale it but you do not mind the price because this is just "slighltly more money". You did not build your business profitability based on the resale price of gears.
But how many of you guys are week-end warriors rich enough to change your desk as often as cellphones ? Only those may suffer from low resale price.
Behringer made Soundcraft to cut the SI-C price (basically, this is no more than that). Great news for new customers.
Plus, be happy that the X32 and SL recording feature made soundcraft to release a USB/Firewire card. And be happy that Soundcraft engineers were clever engough to build all the SI-series on a common base that makes this new card compatible with older products.