Re: Australis music/Ibanez Australia
I used to work in a small independently owned music shop, and the 2 other chain stores in the area (macron and world of music) told the distributors that if they sold stuff to us they would not buy from them any more. so the suppliers would not let us have any brands the other stores stocked.
So we sold mainly second hand guitars at very very cheap prices. i picked up a couple of guitars for myself and paid about half what they were worth. $500 for a year old mex classic 60's strat.
i always wanted to carry ibanez and my boss would often try to convince the suppliers, but they just wouldnt budge.
after a couple of years the store just wasn't generating enough income because people would come in asking if we had something, we always had to tell them no, and they would just go to the other stores.
the moral of the story is. try to support your local store, BUT only if it is an independent.
this is why i travel further to buy my strings.