I have to agree with Seth here; buying speakers at a retailer is certainly better than buying any "unknown" speakers. Even if they may not sound as decent, perhaps as another speaker, at least you have a person to talk to in the unfortunate event that something would go wrong, and what have you. But, ultimately, you as the consumer are aware of what you do with your money. They don't take your money automatically, you trust them with their claim or you trust them to give you a product for a value of money. Therefore, if you don't trust what someone tells you, or if you don't trust what you see and hear with your own judgement, then you shouldn't make a sale at all. (although it's pretty obvious by this point in our lives, I hope.) That paragraph above isn't just for speakers. It's about anything you can purchase, service wise or goods. Analyize the data that you get readily, then research even more about what you are looking at purchasing, then compile it all together, think about it and think hard, and then ask yourself if you are willing to trust that company or person to exchange your money for a good.