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9 LEE
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9 LEE Posted: Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:13 AM

Dear All,

It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I have taken the decision to close the doors at LifeStyle AV.

 

Despite my best efforts the business has become unviable. Buying stock has become almost impossible as dealers are selling the little they do get themselves to pay their own bills, and the number of products out there has shrunk in line with the amount of dealers left.  I have huge overheads, and 'doing it properly' leaves no profit any more as the prices are so low and margins so tight.

 

This in turn has left us with no stock as we’ve just been running through what we did have, paying bills, and simply limping forwards into oblivion. We’re now ‘running on empty’ with no stock apart from old rubbish, so it’s time to get off the ride, close the doors and walk away.

 

It’s been a truly wonderful 12 years, but B&O has changed – and used B&O has changed also.  I’ll still be around, and will always love B&O, but I may be a little quiet of late as I’ve got lots of paperwork to get on with..

 

I just thought I would be better coming from me as opposed to half-stories and guesses doing the ‘rumour mills'.. 

 

Thank You all, and speak soon.

 

Lee

 

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Good luck Lee, we always need pilots you know!Yes - thumbs up

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moxxey replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:28 AM

9 LEE:

It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I have taken the decision to close the doors at LifeStyle AV.

That's awful Lee and a huge shock. Sorry to hear about the decision.

Will you still continue in some capacity? ie. are you still continuing with Loewe?

Sad as it sounds, I guess this could affect BeoWorld?

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davieav replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:32 AM

that is sad news.

all my very best wishes to you for the future lee , i have loved my little visits to you 

the whole team especially matt were an absolute pleasure to deal with

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stefan replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:41 AM

Very sad news - I`m sorry to hear this.

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elephant replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:42 AM
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good luck πŸ€ with Loewe 🦁

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moxxey:
Sad as it sounds, I guess this could affect BeoWorld?

Beoworld is a separate limited company, but clearly has provided financial support

Regards Keith....

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j0hnbarker replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:45 AM

Sorry to hear this Lee.

I noticed that your eBay store was empty over the weekend and did wonder why, after our recent conversations.

I hope that things work out for you. Are you continuing with the Loewe link-up?

 

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Stefan E replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 12:04 PM
Sorry to hear this Lee but I fully understand you in your situation.

I'm glad for the B&O gear I've been able to get via you and my latest rare motorised wall bracket for my BV7-40.

I think your new journey with Loewe will be successful due to all experience you have got and also related to your understanding of this customer category.

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jvdl replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 12:10 PM

Sorry to read Lee.
Hopefully Loewe brings what you expect........

Good luck.

 

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Sad to hear your store is closing.

We are also struggling here in UAE to continue the business since we are not getting direct supply from the factory. So we are just getting from other dealers like Kuwait, India and etc just to continue the business even if there is no profit at all.

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Such a shame. Good luck with future endeavours.

 

bought a few items over the years, mainly spares and odd items. 

 

Whats happening with the stuff left? I had a few items in my watch it on eBay!

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That's sad news.

My Struer Design cabinet will be a very nice reminiscence to LifeStyleAV and your father too. I hope to see you again not only in this forum but in Struer too (as 2012).

All the best for the future.

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vikinger replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 1:35 PM

Really sorry to hear that news Lee. If your enthusiastic business cannot survive then it demonstrates just how wrong the B&O strategy has been in recent years.

I hope you can take a viable business forward with Loewe.

Graham

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CB replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 1:35 PM
I wish you a GREAT new start Lee !
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BeoGreg replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 1:36 PM
Sad news indeed.

With the arrival of the Eclipse, maybe you should wait a few weeks ! (Bv 10/11/Avant sellers).
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vikinger:

Really sorry to hear that news Lee. If your enthusiastic business cannot survive then it demonstrates just how wrong the B&O strategy has been in recent years.

I hope you can take a viable business forward with Loewe.

Graham

The B&O strategy went wrong when they thought "circling the wagons" with exclusive stores having an exclusive attitude was the way forward.

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I am sorry to hear that Lee. Lets hope your new venture into Loewe is successful for you and your team.

Lifestyle AV will be missed.

Will Botty be put out to pasture at the old robots home?

 

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Foxtrott replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 2:46 PM

Indeed very sad news.... Sad Crying

I can remember when you open a thread in an former incarnation of Beoworld an looked for a name for you (then new) business. Seeing it closing down is said, but things like this happen. I am sure the descision wasn't easy and great respect to you to have taken it. I hope that closing LifeStyle-AV doesn't leave you with a great financial loss.
In german there is a saying "lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken, als ein Schrecken ohne Ende" that could be translated as "a frightening end is better than an endless fright" and I can imagine that this is about the situation you were confronted with.

I wish you and your team all the best for your new plans and I hope the we will see you around here.

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kai replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 2:47 PM
I'm really sorry to hear that lee, I wish you all the best, are you still going ahead with the loewe venture
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Excuse my French : '*** et bonne chance'

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Guy replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 3:58 PM

Sorry to hear that Lee, and thanks for excellent service over the years.

I purchased this from you almost exactly 10 years ago - it's still going strong Smile

 

 

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Sal replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 4:01 PM

Sad news indeed. Good luck, Lee!

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Michael replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 4:02 PM
Sorry to see this happen but all good thing must come to an end. I'm sure it's been a great run and much fun. Ending as friends in this way is probably one of the best way to decommission a business.

Thanks Lifestyle AV for everything Smile

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Stonk replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 5:04 PM

Very sorry to hear this Lee. I too remember throwing in some name suggestions when you decided to launch into the pre owned Bang & Olufsen market. You did it so well others copied but without quite the success your enthusiasm managed.  Good luck with your future projects.

Does this mean we can start calling you Swiss Toni again?

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I wish you well Lee and all the very best for the future. Regrettably, I am not shocked to hear this news as I was expecting it to trickle down to all involved in selling anything B&O related and I am sure it won't be long before Morethan, Iconic and others follow suit. It's not a sustainable business to be in and I fear even worse for official ADs. B&O have definitely lost a much of their former 'magic' with some crazy outdated ideas and products in recent years.

There is no doubt you will succeed in your next venture and you can hold your head up high with Lifestyle AV being a great success for 12 years so well done and positive thinking as you take on your next challenge. All the best, S.

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Rob replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 5:16 PM
Thanks Lee, Godspeed and good luck!
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valve1 replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 5:17 PM

Bummer Lee, I am sorry too hear this. I hope you have a plan B.

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Jeff replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 6:16 PM

Very, very sad to hear about this Lee. Your dedication was obvious, as was your love for the brand, and your help has always been appreciated (as I look at my BL8000s sitting on the rubber feet you so kindly provided me!). Also sadly, your previous posts make this not a complete surprise, you are in a very difficult position, or were, and I'm wondering if you're going to continue with Loewe or just abandon retail completely. At any rate, I wish you success and happiness in whatever endeavor follows this, and feel confident your attitude and professionalism will ultimately lead to success. You're one of the good guys Lee, hang in there. B&O is sadly not what it was. The old saying "the fish rots from the head" is apt, as their problems at HQ flow down to the dealers which flows down to you unfortunately.

I join everyone else in wishing you luck and success and will be interested in where you go from here.

Jeff

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Steph replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 6:23 PM

Really sorry, Lee :-(

I wish you the very best for the future...

Good luck!

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That's not good news!

However, I guess you are very realistic and that your decition is well considered.

I too wish you good luck with your future business life.

As I have understood it, you are able to divide between your love for B&O/the brand and the necessities of your professional life.

Maybe we will even see more from you on the forum - you sure have a lot experience to share.

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YannChris replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 8:21 PM

Very sorry to read your post, Lee.

Anyway, all the best for the future!

Kind regards,

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Ray replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 8:24 PM

Sad news indeed, the original and one of the best re-sellers.

The very best of luck with future endeavours Lee. Smile

Best wishes

Ray

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ed7 replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 8:32 PM

Very sad news ,Lee all the best to you and your team,end of another sad bang & olufsen story. You have done the brand  proudπŸ‘

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Bv7Mk3 replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 9:29 PM

Good luck lee in all you do....

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Mark replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 9:39 PM
good luck Lee, it's always been a pleasure dealing with you and your service has been exceptional. Pass my regards onto Matt as well.

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jarnim replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 9:56 PM

Lee,

very sad about this - wishing you and your team all the best from Vienna! I have here my lovely Beovision 9, my Beolabs 5, Beosound 9000 and quite a bit more B&O stuff, all thanks to you (and all of this still working great after many years). There are only a very few shops that had the same level of customer support, and every sale was a reminder of your great style and the bond of trust that you built. A big thanks to Matt as well. 

Will be looking into Loewe, since B&O indeed lost its sparkle even for me - I am quite happy with my new Sonos system on top of the B&OP stuff. Only wish it would have worked out to get those Beolab 90s from you... ;) I will never be able to buy them firsthand.

Too bad B&O is just too expensive and at the same time definitely not future-proof anymore... It's the software, stupid...

Hope to stay in touch!

Jan

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Daniel replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 10:38 PM

Sad news, Lee! I remember as well the naming competition and also our trip to Struer where we saw the Beo5 and took a scotch or two in the hotel bar talking B&O! Those where the days! Wish you all the best in the future for you and your family!

 

 

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benjnz replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:00 PM

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Opman replied on Tue, Aug 29 2017 11:07 PM

Hi Lee

Very sorry to hear that you are closing the B&O store. You were the only reseller that I would recommend as I know you are a good guy.

Good luck in your new venture.

Opman

 

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