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How negotiable is The Guitar Center?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by DugT, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. DugT

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    I'm interested in a guitar that they have listed for $1000. Are there any tips to negotiating with them? Should I work with my local store rather than call their 800 number?
     
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    The only time I've had luck with them on used gear was going straight to the manager and being extra polite.
     
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  3. djh22

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    From my experience -
    Make sure it is listed correctly (many times the pictures do not match the description).
    Find out how long they have had it in stock (they are more willing to negotiate if they have had it longer than 45 days).
    I've had more success dealing directly with the selling store (don't call the 800 number).

    Good luck!
     
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    You can order online and have it delivered to local GC.
    Once it arrives, you can accept or reject it.
    And in lieu of rejection, make a list of your "issues" warranting non-acceptance, and invite a revised price.
    YMMV
    Edit - depending on how long it was on list may have an impact on your success.
    Also - being super polite helps.
    And - showing up on a Wednesday morning, not Sat afternoon.

    The local GC took delivery of a "new" Epi 12 string for me.
    It arrived w/ a microscopic finish blem.
    Yes; they made a price reduction.
    BTW - I know it's just a 200$ guitar, but I love it.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    For me, not negotiable: I never buy there.

    Sweetwater. Get ya an Atomic Fireball.
     
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    If you do some homework and can show they have it overpriced based on comparables including condition, they will deal. Of course, you may do the homework, and realize GC already has it priced at a discount.
     
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    I've had 0% luck w/ negotiating them down - not for lack of trying either
     
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    If it’s new, they commonly have or distribute 15% coupons. Many times they will exclude your brand of choice if you use them online, but the store will honor it.

    They rarely negotiate on used items.
     
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    Definitely worth trying to negotiate. Better if the guitar is in stock and local. Less likely if used and on line. Sure try a manager if the price isn’t where you want it to be.
     
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    Of course, GC is going out of business any second now....so make your best offer.
     
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    I've tried negotiating many times at GC. From my experience they'll take 15% off but no more, even if something is dinged. I've walked multiple times after not being able to swing a deal.
     
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    If you have a good relationship with someone who works there you can little better deal if you're trading in.....whatever you are trading in plus 10% off of what you are buying...but it's not exciting
     
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    I got them to come down a lot on a small used tube head after I convinced them it was substantially overpriced.
     
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    15% is pretty generous on a new instrument. GP is probably 30-35% at best. There is a good chance that their commission is based on profit margin. It probably cost them at least 5% just to get it to the wall hanger.
     
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    What I find over and over when I make offers there is that they look at the purchase date in the computer and will never budge unless it's been in stock long enough, which is a fixed time frame.

    I've even had them tell me the buyer screwed up and paid too much, so the system forces them to keep it at an unreasonable price, past the date when the price can drop a bit. Seems the price drop is also set by corporate.
    I asked what happens to those mistake buys, and a manager told me they ship them to some central headquarters where nobody knows the final result.
     
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    New gear discounts are interesting and often go down to a net loss, if they decide a batch of inventory needs to go.
    Used is more fixed, and also right now hard for them to get so they have no need to unload used inventory.
     
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    15% is generally the max on new items and I have swung it even when they don't have an advertised coupon. I have gotten a 20% offer on a very high dollar item, but the discount was limited to $500. The coupon deals pop up pretty frequently. I consider the discount standard and won't buy without it. Call around to the local stores and see who is willing to wheel and deal; just ask them what the best price is out the door today, and you will find someone who plays ball.

    Although the strict policy is no discount on used, I have gotten a few hundred bucks off of higher dollar items that went unsold for several months.
     
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    Used? No idea.
    New? Yes. If it isn’t on sale you should be able to get 15-20% off if you show willingness to buy that very guitar at that moment.
    Friends and family discount.
    Ask for it.
     
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    That's as good an answer as any other!
     
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