The first Guitar Center I ever visited was in San Francisco in the '70's. One of the first things the sales dude asked me was "How much do you want to spend?" I didn't know how to answer that question and it put me off. Was there a baseline on how much I was going to spend before they took me seriously? And if I was interested in something the price didn't matter that much. Most music stores at the time were pretty loose and money was the last thing talked about. At one store in San Francisco they hinted that they'd take weed as partial payment. Anyway, I was put off by Guitar Center from the get-go and rarely go there unless it's the only place with what I want or I find something used on their web site. I really don't care if they survive or not. I've always felt that it didn't matter to them if they sold guitars or shoes or ladies' undergarments. But it's not because the CEO didn't reply to my suggestion and hurt my feelings. YMMV.