1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Guitar Center makes it hard to like them

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Throttleneck, May 25, 2017.

  1. tery

    tery Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    11,927
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Call MF you will get the 15% discount AND not pay any State Sales Tax ... cool .
     
  2. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,500
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2016
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Both my nearby GC are great. Lucky for me I guess......
     
  3. stephent2

    stephent2 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,518
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Location:
    Georgia/Minnesota
    I've found lately I get better prices from ZZounds and Sam Ash. But I call and ask for today's best price.
     
    JayFreddy likes this.
  4. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    2,709
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2016
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Guitar Center is the only place where my debit card doesn't work. Every damn time. Works everywhere else every day. Go figure.
     
  5. joeybyron

    joeybyron Tele-Meister

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    103
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2016
    Location:
    South Carolina
    AMEN!

    Yea, It's an old but powerful system. That being said, any business can't let lowly employees change prices :(

    TBH though the reason things go smoother at: Target, walmart, cvs etc, etc is because they don't haggle prices with their customers. Go to Walmart and say "I spend a lot of money here! I deserve this roll of toilet paper free.

    That is pretty much the life of a sales associate there. Many customers think they are entitled to something free just because they bought a guitar.

    I get to bear the brunt of folks waiting in line bc a customer ahead of them wanted a free strap, or a pair of string as I'm trying to ring them up. So I have to call a manger over.

    IMPO the manager should have politely said "I'm sorry but this item does not qualify for the 15% off. OP could have either payed full price or called a competitor for a discounted price.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
    Jimmy Owen and RaistMagus like this.
  6. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,993
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2016
    Location:
    Jacksonville
    It's been my experience with GC that every discount coupon they send me specifically excludes everything I might be interested in buying. :oops:
     
  7. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,993
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2016
    Location:
    Jacksonville
    Delete duplicate post.

    First time that's happened to me.
     
  8. jtees4

    jtees4 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,222
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Location:
    selden, ny
    You guys are nuts;) GC is great, I've never actually bought anything or even gone into the store....but when I sell on Craiglist I always say "meet me in the GC in the parking lot", and it always works great because all the guitar players know exactly where I mean! Having said that, I do buy from Musicians Friend and have zero complaints with them.
     
    FenderGyrl and Straydogger like this.
  9. joeybyron

    joeybyron Tele-Meister

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    103
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2016
    Location:
    South Carolina
    It's the same company.
     
  10. Gibsonsmu

    Gibsonsmu Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    520
    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Location:
    Texas
    Be nice to guitar center. It's time left is limited
     
  11. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    669
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2017
    Location:
    US
    I love Sweetwater. I have had MANY bad experiences at GC. They put every music store within 100 miles out of business so I still have to make the extremely long journey to GC now and then if I need a string the same day. 80 miles and 2 bridge tolls later I have a high E string in my hand!
     
  12. Jeru

    Jeru Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    749
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago
    Sweetwater is great. I call or email my rep (same guy for ~4-5 years now), and he gets it done.

    There was a bass I wanted, $550 to my door from reverb sellers. Called Matt, asked what he could do -- he saved me $80.

    Quick and free shipping, and always a follow up phone call to ask if everything went right. I am a dedicated customer, and they earn it with each transaction.
     
    FenderGyrl and joeybyron like this.
  13. Alaman

    Alaman Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    163
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2015
    Location:
    Sweet Home, Alabama
    I have found Sweetwater has a business model similar to Publix ( a grocery store down south). They emphasize great customer service and personal attention but their prices are nothing great and are more than often higher than competitors. They bank on folks who appreciate the personal service over discount marts. It seems to work as the lot is always full. I've found Sweetwater sales reps to be very friendly and helpful, they have great customer service and have a great website if you shop guitars online...but their prices are same or higher than everybody else. I never see any killer deals there. If I know I'm going to have to pay full retail for something then I give them my business but that is rare. I'm frugile and I'll shop for who gives me best price whether GC, MF, Amazon, others. I have no loyalties to any company when spending my money shopping. I save my loyalties for other areas of my life.
     
  14. ES330

    ES330 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    96
    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Location:
    SF
    They recently opened a Guitar Center in my area. Went in there a few weeks ago and it was a ghost town. Not even a single shredder for background noise. How strange it was to be in a GC without the shredding....
     
    Mr. Moss likes this.
  15. wyclif

    wyclif Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,574
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Location:
    Philadelphia
    When I was young I used to buy single E strings like that. Now that I have a 'real job' though, I just can't be bothered by the inconvenience.

    I've become a big fan of buying strings in bulk, either from Sweetwater or Amazon.

    Another thing I like a lot about Sweetwater: they take photos of the individual guitar by serial number and tell you exactly how much it weighs. That's nice when you're buying a nitro or poly Telecaster with the grain showing; I'm picky about the grain pattern if it's a guitar I'm gonna keep and play a lot.

     
    joeybyron likes this.
  16. Mr Scallywag

    Mr Scallywag Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    998
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2016
    Location:
    Australia
    Funny ain't it. Poor souls with their cheap guitars, endless special offers, FSRs and whatnot. I shake my head at their trials and tribulations and think, you don't know how good you've got it.
     
    telemnemonics and dented like this.
  17. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    669
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2017
    Location:
    US
    I used to go to the local stores all the time, especially when gigging or having practice every night of the week. There is more than just the highE that you might need the same day. There are mic cables that go bad. I guess you need to keep enough extra mic cables on hand to cover every possible scenario. Or if you run out of picks. Or if there is going to be a guest sitting in and you need an extra mic stand... Working musicians sometimes need stuff right away. GC is partly responsible for driving those local businesses out. Now there is little choice for shopping in store GC has the monopoly.
    Now a days you just have to tell everyone band practice and shows are cancelled for 3-5 business days I'm waiting on Amazon. I would prefer to never give another nickel to GC but it is just not possible in my line of work.
     
  18. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,388
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2012
    Location:
    Sydney
    Strings and beyond. Buy a lot. It's cheaper.
     
  19. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    669
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2017
    Location:
    US
    Valid point. Not helpful though if you NEED a PA speaker 3 hours before a gig. Just happened to me last Dec. Unless you stock up on backup speakers. I just don't have room for that.
     
    dlew919 likes this.
  20. gee.

    gee. Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    264
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Location:
    out there somewhere.
    Weird. I had that happen to me a while back. I wanted to buy an amp cover and I saw Full Compass had them in stock. I contacted Sweetwater to see if they would match the price and the guy insulted me too. It was bizarre. I think my response was just "Wow". Another rep that I had bought from emailed me back right away all apologetic. I hardly ever buy anything from them as I usually look for used stuff anyway.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.