As a hearing professional who has moved onto our own small hearing dispenser practice AFTER working for the corporate machines, I am well qualified to say, that the WalMart stores are contracting Miracle Ear ( Amplifon) dealers to come into their stores, and have been doing so for some time now, here in Indiana for at least three years or more.
Same with Sears Hearing Aid Centers.
These are not the discounted hearing aid dealers that you would think a store like WM would contract with, but, instead, the same old song and dance.
How do I know? I worked for ME and covered a WM store shortly before I left the corporate WH ( I’ll give the translation if requested, but it sounds a LOT like more-house) due to these very types of set ups.
Yet, people are trained into thinking that they are not capable of hearing better until they spend thousands of dollars. EVEN AT A WALMART ???
I’m quite over it, and I guess I will be known as the "anti-dealer-dealer"by saying so, but wow, when does it ever end???
No wonder I went out on my own, and no wonder we sell so many items online! People are tired ( I think!) of being ripped off over and over.
Say what you will…they have LEFT the local office without help, without opportunity, and without options. What a crock.
Justify it however you like, a rip is a rip. Well, it should be interesting to now watch the justifications begin on the forum next. But frankly, I hope someone else has the cahoonies to tell the truth as well, if not , looks like I’m on my own.
I know the lingo that’s coming from the justifiers…bundle, don’t bundle. Service, no service. Paid for our time, work and help people for free.
100.00- 200.00 per hearing aid is great, when you sell hundreds. And guess what…more people are getting help!
On the higher end stuff, more can be justified, if more is required. Still…1000% is a healthy markup…think???
And yes, because I know some goof here is going to say these exact words…" I bet you don’t make 200.00 when they buy in your office!"
Guess what…wrong. Dead wrong.
Where does the heart stand in this business? I always tell my kids…what really matters, is where your heart is when you try, when you do things.
Ok, I feel better now. Thanks ! What a week !