When I go in to Long and Mcquade (the Canadian equivalent of Guitar Center I guess) and I'm interested in an amp, pedal or electric, I'll spend 5 to 10 minutes auditioning just to get an idea of whether its got potential. But I really have no idea up to that point if its going to work unless I try it out on my rig. With Long and Mcquades 30 day return policy I will generally take it home and audition it the way I need to in the privacy of my home or a gig. I just returned a 50's American Original Strat after having it just one night. But then there are times when people just want to hang out in the store and browse for the heck of it. I used to do that alot when I was younger and had more time to do that. And I imagine there would have been times I annoyed others with playing too loud for to long. Thankfully I matured from that period. Now if I'm just in to browse I generally pickup electrics unplugged or play acoustic. Point is I get to do my true auditioning at home. Not sure if Guitar Center has a similar return policy that allows auditioning out side the store.