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1  General Category / Shopping at Guitar Center Sucks / Re: Don't buy the first thing you see on: December 04, 2014, 04:51:01 AM
I'm learning something here from your response. You wrote "The salesmen get paid very low hourly wages and have to sell a certain amount relative to that to make commission, which is way you do see some unethical behavior at times. But in this instance, why should he give a discount? If he does, it basically comes out of his pocket. Why should he help pay for this kids guitar?"

I don't usually think about the sales person's financial situation. It sounds like there's some politics at GC that starts at the corporate level, then only the "big-wigs" are the winners. Whenever I walk into GC, I don't know who's in upper management or who's in a lower position. And I have no idea what "phase 3" is.
2  General Category / Music Is Cool..... / Re: Gibson makes sure that Epi's are below them on: November 29, 2014, 03:26:13 AM
I suppose my gripe is more with Gibson than with GC. It seems as though Gibson wants you to believe that you can only get a superior instrument by paying a premium.
3  General Category / Shopping at Guitar Center Sucks / Re: Don't buy the first thing you see on: November 29, 2014, 03:12:00 AM
No, it's not my intention to help or hurt the sales person's income. But in that particular instance, the salesman remained silent about the need for additional money required for a case. The buyer thought that the $900 price was the price. Some of us guitarists know that the issue of a case needs to be known upfront.

It almost seemed as though the salesman let the buyer walk into a trap.
4  General Category / Shopping at Guitar Center Sucks / Don't buy the first thing you see on: November 11, 2014, 06:09:28 AM
True story: A woman and her teenage son go into GC (first mistake). He pretty much knows that he wants a $900. acoustic that says "Taylor" on the headstock. That was the set max. amount of money that they were willing to spend, and Mom apparently has the credit card.

I observed them as they haggle the salesman over the price... No discounts here. Now I knew exactly what would happen next. The teenager needs a case. The salesman would only offer a canvas gig bag, otherwise the case costs an additional $110.

Second mistake:  they should've walked out of the store right there! A guitarist should always consider protection for the instrument and a cheap canvas gig bag ain't good enough for a $900 Taylor.

Third mistake: don't buy something on the first day. Shop around at some other stores (not GC) and look on the internet. Taylors are everywhere. And there are numerous different models too.
5  General Category / Jokes and Humor / How many GC employees does it take to make a sale? on: November 10, 2014, 05:48:40 PM
Answer: 4... One to watch the front door and make make sure you don't steal a drum kit, one who walks around and pretends not to see you, one at the register who speaks to you but is having problems completing the sale, and a manager-type person who helps the guy at the register so they can get your money.

For exchanges or refunds it gets more complicated
6  General Category / Music Is Cool..... / Gibson makes sure that Epi's are below them on: November 10, 2014, 01:11:29 AM
Back in the glory days of jazz music (the 40's & 50's) Epiphones were as good or better than Gibsons. We all know that Gibson bought out Epiphone and cheapened the quality of their competitor. Today, GC advertises the lower cost guitars along side the so-called good guitars which cost much, much more. I've owned 3 different Gibsons, but I refuse to keep playing games with the prices. GC is trying to make fools out of us guitarists by placing so many lower quality guitars within reach. Your thoughts?
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