Guitar Center Doesn't Want To Use My Brilliant Idea

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Paul in Colorado

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    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.
     
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    If we're going to share pro/con stories about The Guitar Center....

    All of the "Mom and Pop" music stores in my town charged MSRP or maybe knocked off 10% for their big sales. This went on for years.

    Guitar Center moved in.

    They went out of business.

    My sympathy meter never registered above zero.
     
  3. Bones

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    Yeah. The mom and pops around here lived to rip off beginners and the unsavy, was happy to see them get crushed by the internet and GC.
     
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    People like to give me crap about driving 15 mins to gc to buy strings when I have a music store 3 mins from my house. I like to support mom and pops but not when I have to pay 9 bucks for something I can get for half that.
     
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  5. Shuster

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    Brother a Big Amen to that!! I can't even listen the so called music they spit out these days, and I do mean Spit Out! What really blows my mind, people spending 300.00 bucks a seat to go watch all these "Samples" bands,, I just puked a little,,:confused:
     
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  6. Shuster

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    Ahhh, another great thread!! best laughs of the day!!:lol::lol:
     
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  7. getbent

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    Arts Councils
    Because there is no art
    There are artists
    Because there are no artists
    We need money
    Because there is no money
    We give
    Because there is no we
    There is art


    Mitch doesn't understand this. He has some 'good intentions' but he does not understand the fundament of community, which is why he excoriates a corporation and its officers for not understanding how community works. This is a common phenomenology.
     
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  8. MickM

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    Just to be clear, his name is M-I-T-C-H, not Mick! Ain't me.
     
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  9. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    My God, he’s also a registered voter.
     
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  10. getbent

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    sure mitch.
     
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    I really wish I did still enjoy going there. I guess it's kind of like the allure some get from setting at a gaming table. Always thinking the next purchase is going to be a real winner. I finally realized that I'm just not enough of a musician anymore for much of anything in the way of equipment to make any kind of a difference to me. Maybe I never was. At any rate the glitter is definitely gone for me. Like a whirlwind romance, it was fun while it lasted.

    Guitar Center:

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  12. Toto'sDad

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    My bad! Sometimes things don't work out just exactly like I planned.

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  13. Toto'sDad

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    The only possible salvation for Guitar Center is if somehow, all the kids sitting around in Guitar Center destroying guitars suddenly became rich overnight, and started actually buying. But then, if they were rich, they would trundle on over to the PRS store, and buy things like that.

    I used to think maybe I'll be here one day when they grab one of those guys playing an out of tune guitar rougly by the scruff of the neck and propel him out the door where he and the annoying ever present skateboarder would collide and both would be hauled away for disturbing the peace.
     
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    Or at all perhaps...
     
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  15. MickM

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    Wow, that took longer than I thought it would.
     
  16. getbent

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    whoa boy, here comes the youtube video about how long it took!


    (just KIDDING!)
     
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    In football we call this the "mis-direction play".

    Looks like a Peavey guy to me.
     
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    I wonder if he’s got posts on other forums calling for the boycott of Ford, GM, Honda...
     
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    This reminds me of the lack of consideration I received when I sent a letter to Papa John's about my "Pizza In A Cup" idea.

    Or the time I sent a letter to the Dole corporation about my "Salad On A Stick" idea.

    Both winners, golden opportunities for these guys and not one word.:mad:

    I haven't eaten a pizza or salad since.

    I showed them.:p

    I feel Mitch's(aka Mick) pain. You go Mick!;)

    Bones, glad to see you're not a "former member".

    More dogs in the snow or birds frozen to a telephone line pictures?

    How you doing with the vortex?
     
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    I visited my hometown's Martin dealer, and they showed me a nice GPCPA1. sounded nicer than my current Martin, but refused to budge lower than the MAP price (about 25% less than MSRP). I asked if they could do better than MAP (about 25% off MSRP) and was told no.
    I bought anyway, but soon after found I didn't click with it. Thought I could sell for $x, but soon found out good Martin dealers will sell new for 40% off MSRP. So I was never going to get close to anything I hoped reasonable.

    Luckily I posted on Ebay and someone bought at higher than I expected.

    But the dealer will never get any business from me ever again. And I have spent WAY more on a few other guitars than that GPCPA.
     
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