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  • Do you feel compelled to buy locally?

    I can imagine for beginners and people without much internet savvy that the in store assistance that buying retail helps; but for everyone else, why bother?



    local (generally speaking): higher prices, state sales tax, limitations on returns, limited selection.



    online: competitive pricing, (generally) free shipping, no state taxes, no questions asked returns, vast selection.





    And, my personal pet peeve - dealing with a salesman who presumes I'm an idiot (regarding product info & pricing) for the first couple mins.

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    I try to avoid Guitar Center/etc the best I can, except when I buy from the used section.
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    • #3
      I've got really good deals at GC. Just have to go to the manager and dicker hard with them.
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        Quote Originally Posted by realtree71
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        I've got really good deals at GC. Just have to go to the manager and dicker hard with them.




        I'm too nice to haggle. I know they gotta pay rent just like me, so I just prefer to avoid that.

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        • #5
          I'd prefer to deal locally when possible. Beyond that I'd rather go to a mom and pop than a mega chain. I'd rather spend my money at a place where I have some kind of positive business relationship and can get some level of personalized service.
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          • #6
            When I go to GC I know what I'm buying and get deals on them. I like that I have a place that I can bring a product back if it Fail and get a new one.

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            • #7
              I always try to buy from the local guitar shop, but I usually wind up buying from Guitar Center or online. The local shop always has something that interests me, but then GC or the internet winds up having something that I wind up liking more.

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              • #8
                Most of my business goes to the local GC. The employees are great, the prices aren't much different than I find online (yes, I haggle) and if I don't find it here, I check their used site and have it shipped to the store.
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                • #9
                  I always try to buy from the local guitar shop, but I usually wind up buying from Guitar Center or online. The local shop always has something that interests me, but then GC or the internet winds up having something that I wind up liking more.


                  I'm the opposite. I'll go to GC to look at and play all the shopworn floor models, then I purchase from one of the local shops. They actually have people who do set-ups, string changes, and adjustments before letting you get out the door -- imagine that! But I'm finding that the real deals are in the hand-picked used guitars that my local shops get. I've seen some unbelievable bargains they've taken in as trades.

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                  • #10
                    I try to buy locally when I can. there are certain things I will go elsewhere for like pickups, parts, etc. I primarily buy guitars used vs. new with few exceptions.
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                    • #11
                      My local store, Parkway Music, makes it really easy to shop locally. The staff is very knowledgeable and there when you need them. Their prices are consistently competetive if not cheaper than GC and online shops. For example they have brand new Casinos for $510 right now. And they always have a great selection. They always have Rickenbackers in stock, hard to find Fenders and tons of interesting used guitars. I love going there just to window shop even. It's nice having a store of that caliber in my area.
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                      • #12
                        I used to never buy locally and just buy online. I bought an amp from a store locally and they were super cool when I took it in there for a repair. A tube socket had a soldering problem and they diagnosed and fixed the amp for me for free. I will definitely try to buy my next guitar from them in the future. The full service aspect of it is worth the extra $100-$200 to me.

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                        • #13
                          Buying "local": Trying before you buy, the ability to haggle, you can take the guitar home with you that day, returns are immediate and not reliant on proper return shipping (and the associated costs).
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                          • #14
                            The music shop in the town where I grew up in gets my business when I am there.The one where I am now not so much. There is a small shop two doors down from a Long and McQuade that I feel sorry for. I went in once to have a peek and the owner didn't even look up from his paper. He must have gave up sometime ago and was completely checked out. The L&M is nice however and they have pretty top notch customer service.
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                            • #15
                              I don't haggle. I know stores love people like me, and I know hagglers do, too, because it's suckers like me that allow hagglers to get the deals that they do.



                              That said, I pretty much exclusively buy online for new stuff these days. When I can, though, I prefer to buy used amps locally because the shipping is usually bad on these. When buying new, I love shopping from Sweetwater because you can see exactly what you're buying and compare it with others of the same model. Especially for acoustics and natural finishes, it's important to get a top you love visually as well as sonically.
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