red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#1
So I'm not really in the market for a new guitar, but I've had my eye on a Gibby LP traditional at my local Long and Mcquade for a while now....

I was talking with the sales guy (who knew nothing about guitars ) about the price... The tag said $1700, including the case. I asked him what the price would be if I paid cash, and he said $1700....

I don't think I'm old fasioned our anything, but I have never paid sticker price for a guitar in my life!

After chatting with the guy for a while, he said that its there policy not to haggle, except for price matching.

So I guess I really have two questions:

1. Is it common for most stores these days not to haggle over prices?

I mean, I would understand if it was a $500 guitar, and $1700 may not be a huge investment, but I still see it as a fairly high price to pay for a guitar.

2. Can someone recommend me a place to by a LP? I'm in Saskatoon SK, Canada.

Sorry if this is a bit of a rant, but I thought it was kinda crazy for them not to want to haggle at all.

I'm originally from Newfoundland, and I guess that maybe haggling is more of a common thing back there?

I once see a close friend of mine get a Classic 50 410, with a MXL 2 mic set for $800, just after we saw the kid ahead of him pay $1000 for the amp alone!
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
KenG
"Experienced" not "Old"
Join date: Dec 2006
638 IQ
#2
Long & McQuade's salespeople are paid salary not commission so they have really no bargaining power, where as if you went to a commission store, the salesperson could opt to lower their commission and thereby reduce the price.
While I'm not sure on USA models, Custom Shop prices are way better in the States and you can save some serious money buying there and shipping it if you bought from a good Vendor. I saved $600 or so on both my R7 & R8 by buying at Eddies Guitars in the US versus the price I'd have paid here.
Moving on.....
red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#3
Thanks for the advice!

That does make sense. I'm still pretty new to the city, so I'll have to do some checking around for some smaller stores, that may have some haggling power
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
Soccerguy
Bloo
Join date: Oct 2008
665 IQ
#4
Coming from Newfoundland too, I can tell you that the only place I know of that you would be able to manage a haggle was at Griffith's in St. John's. No haggling at L&M or Music City. You could possibly pull it off at O'Briens or Reid's, but I don't know.
I don't really understand why you're so shocked about having to pay full price at a big chain store. You're not going to be able to haggle at Wal-Mart for a TV.
Just as a side note, the salesman might not know anything about guitars because he could actually specialize in another area of the store.
red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#5
I've managed to haggle at Reids and the L&M in St.Johns that why I couldnt understand their policy.

I've bought a shit ton of gear over the past 13years, some used, but a lot was new, and I've only had to pay full price on a couple of occasions... Thats what I don't get. Not just small stores either.

I bought a P.A system at L&M in St.Johns just 2 years ago, and got something like $200 off of a $1200 system...

Also, I was talking to the drum tech first, he went and got this guys who was supposedly a guitar expert. I also quized him about some pickups and speakers. Judging by the look on his face, it was like I was speaking a different language or something
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
shredder3386
Lord of the Strings
Join date: Mar 2009
643 IQ
#6
I've managed to haggle at L&M before but usually I get them to throw in more gear rather than lower the price of the guitar. For instance I bought a $2000 Ibanez and had them throw in a case for free. Also bear in mind L&M throws in a pretty solid warranty, 30 day return policy (which saved my ass many times), and a setup which you might not get at other vendors.
What gives me wood:

Gibson Les Paul Custom
Ibanez S5470F
Ibanez RGD2127fx
Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR
Axe FX II
Mackie HD1221