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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 10-30-2007, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to haggle with GC??

Okay first off, I've never haggled over a price in my life. I don't even know if I have the type of personality that could haggle, but after reading in several threads that some members here have been able to successfully negotiate a lower price out of GC, I am intrigued. With my current financial situation, I think resorting to haggling may be my only chance at getting some decent gear to play through so for you world class hagglers out there what tips and advice can you offer a novice for a successful haggle? Is there a Haggling 101 course?

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Re: How to haggle with GC??

With GC it's pretty simple - tell them that their mu$icians friend site is offering this at $XXX with free shipping and no sales tax. Can you beat or match it?
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Re: How to haggle with GC??

Market research is very important, who else is selling the kit you're after and at what price?

Stores often don't want to compete with online stores, but they have to if they want a sale especially if your after an amp or effect whose quality is not as variable as a guitar that you might want to try before you buy

Has the store had the item in stock for a while so they want rid of it?

Is it a discontinued model, or a display model?

Are you a good, repeat customer?

Some stores will discount for cash, others will discount if you take out finance because they get commission from the finance company.

You have to be prepared to walk out of the door and take your business elsewhere. Take no crap they need your $$ more than you need them !!
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Re: How to haggle with GC??

Simply put..... CASH! Figure out what you want to pay for something (within reason) and flash the cash. Either they'll want to make the sale or they won't. Just realize you're not going to get a $1500.00 guitar for $500.00. Another thing to do is keep an eye on the stock..... if something has been sitting or hanging there awhile you're more likely to get the deal you want.

I'll bet there are some on here that work in music stores and can give you a better clue on markup and minimum amount of percentage they will haggle over. Good luck!
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Re: How to haggle with GC??

Thanks for the replies so far. I have another question. What is a realistic amount that I can expect them to reduce the price to? My local GC has a Classic 30 amp for $530.00, what would be a realistic lower price that I could walk away with that amp for?
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$450 - $500 range... tax paid and all that... maybe couple freebies thrown in

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Yes, don't be afraid to walk away. Haggling also works better, IMO, at higher prices.
Check out the Sam Ash in Margate too.
And online as well, though shipping might suck for an amp. There are also a few mom and pops locally. One is off I-595 in Davie and its a fairly decent sized store. Nice people but they're not an Ibanez dealer. :P
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Offer them $500.00 and see if they bite.... I think that amp is discontinued!? Everyone else seems to be showing them a $599.00
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Yes, don't be afraid to walk away. Haggling also works better, IMO, at higher prices.
Check out the Sam Ash in Margate too.
And online as well, though shipping might suck for an amp. There are also a few mom and pops locally. One is off I-595 in Davie and its a fairly decent sized store. Nice people but they're not an Ibanez dealer. :P
LOL I just came back from Sam Ash in Margate. lol They don't have any Peavy's there at all! Do you know the name of that mom and pop shop in Davie?
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$509.99 at music 123 on the web

http://www.musicZZZ123.com/Peavey-Cl...32.MusicZZZ123

Take out the extra "Z's"
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It'll be easier if you wear a nice skimpy outfit and let the twins pop out a bit

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, there really isn't much to haggling. Since those of us that come from countries in which haggling is a must and get away with it, the easiest thing is to talk to a manager and tell them what you're willing to pay for it, or ask for a "good price". Most of the time, the guys at gc will give you their "better" price off the bat.

If you decide to talk to the manager, be ready to buy the product and throw him a comparable offer, and not an unreasonable one. If all fails, you could always wear something really hot and jump like Kelly Bundy in "Married with Children"

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...arch&plindex=4

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P.S.: you can tell them you'll give them $499 for that peavey and they'll probably do it.
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It'll be easier if you wear a nice skimpy outfit and let the twins pop out a bit

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, there really isn't much to haggling. Since those of us that come from countries in which haggling is a must and get away with it, the easiest thing is to talk to a manager and tell them what you're willing to pay for it, or ask for a "good price". Most of the time, the guys at gc will give you their "better" price off the bat.

If you decide to talk to the manager, be ready to buy the product and throw him a comparable offer, and not an unreasonable one. If all fails, you could always wear something really hot and jump like Kelly Bundy in "Married with Children"

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...arch&plindex=4

Jimmy

P.S.: you can tell them you'll give them $499 for that peavey and they'll probably do it.
LOL Thank you for your very colorful and descriptive answer! hehehehehe I think I'll keep my twins out of it, but I don't mind asking for a "good price" hehehehe
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I think that amp is discontinued!?
The Classic 30?? Seriously?
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Thanks for the replies so far. I have another question. What is a realistic amount that I can expect them to reduce the price to? My local GC has a Classic 30 amp for $530.00, what would be a realistic lower price that I could walk away with that amp for?

10 to 15 percent off of posted price isn't unreasonable.

What GC are you going to go to? If you go to the one in West Palm Beach be sure to ask for Scott and tell him I sent you. I've given him a fair amount of business. If Scott can knock a price down he'll do it. He's done it for me some without asking.
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10 to 15 percent off of posted price isn't unreasonable.

What GC are you going to go to? If you go to the one in West Palm Beach be sure to ask for Scott and tell him I sent you. I've given him a fair amount of business. If Scott can knock a price down he'll do it. He's done it for me some without asking.
I'm in south Broward almost on the Dade countyline so I go to the GC in Hallandale. The one in west palm is pretty far I think, no?
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