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#1
let you talk down prices? like at car dealerships where you can talk down the price a thousand or so? I have had mixed responses from friends saying that they don't allow heckling like that and then i heard someone else say that you can talk your way down a hundred dollars or so or get them to throw in a guitar case for free. so does guitar center let you talk down prices? or is it against store policy?
#3
You should always try to haggle a little. If it works then good for you, if not, well, at least you tried.
#4
I honestly had no idea. If I had, I obviously wouldn't have said it.
But yeah, try.
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#6
if you by a fair bit of stuff and spend a certain amount then they'll be prepared to do some sort of deal
#7
It might be different at every shop. The worst they can really say is no.
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#8
A few years ago you could, but now you really can't. They won't move on the price, and are no longer allowed to drop it. I use to be able to talk them down almost $100, and throw in string, picks, bags, whatever, but now they won't
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#10
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let you talk down prices? like at car dealerships where you can talk down the price a thousand or so? I have had mixed responses from friends saying that they don't allow HECKLING like that and then i heard someone else say that you can talk your way down a hundred dollars or so or get them to throw in a guitar case for free. so does guitar center let you talk down prices? or is it against store policy?

I think you mean haggling.
#11
No, they don't. I tried to see if they'd haggle or throw in a gig bag for my classical guitar I bought a few months ago and they were very rude about saying no. I actually went to buy it from a different guitar center because of how rude they were about it.
#12
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if you by a fair bit of stuff and spend a certain amount then they'll be prepared to do some sort of deal

I bought my amp from their and they included a pair of new strings so maybe.
I think they do more of the "whole-you-waste-your-childs-college-fund-you-get-a-free-pick-thing".
#13
When I bought my Blackstar HT-5 I managed to haggle 25 euro off.
But in Belgium, the biggest instrument store chain is called KeyMusic, nad the guys there are pretty chill.
#14
I bought a little squire strat for my cousin along with a little practice amp. The total was like 320, I had 280 in cash so I told the guy to charge the remaining $40 on my card.. But her just took the cash and said it was fine, and threw in a cable and a strap! So I'm sure there are ways of talking down the price.
#15
When I bought my Telecaster I got $50 off and a free case.

Be sure your talking to the store manager. I don't think the regular employee will go for it but the manager might.
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#16
It probably depends mostly on the sales rep.

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#17
I did on my amp and my sg. that was a while ago. it depends. if it's used, usually you can a bit. Try to find some flaws in whatever you want to buy to help your case.
#18
they might not be able to on new stuff anymore, im not sure. but iv been able to knock quite a bit off used stuff very recently.
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#19
i haggled the price of a 700 dollar guitar down to 400 because it had 2 small dings on the back and a chip on the headstock.
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#22
When I bought a standard Fender Jazz they gave it to me $50 bucks off because I had the wrong impression about the price. I think they mixed up some tags and just gave it to me for the reduced price. They guy seemed to be a bit higher up than the others so that could've been it too.
#23
might try to get a line 6 for $1 then :P
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#24
yeah, try your luck at it
i was able to get $50 off my new acoustic
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#25
At the guitar center where I go I buy a lot of gear so I don't even have to haggle with them, the guy I was talking to when I was buying my les paul was like "Oh yeah that's only been here for like two days so I can't get to much off but I'll see what I can do." In the end he got like $100 off and threw in a free hardshell case.
#26
when i was working in a guitar centre, if you brought a pricey guitar then you usually were able to get things thrown in (gig bags, picks) or sometimes what we would do is if someone had broughta guitar and an amp we would take a bit of money off a pedal or do a rounded sum.

Only problem is you want to try and haggle in little independent stores and not the major stores like GAK, just because they'll probably laugh at you. Plus don't let them get you with the whole ' we really cant go any lower' ****, most mark-ups are a good 35% - 75% of retail.
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A few years ago you could, but now you really can't. They won't move on the price, and are no longer allowed to drop it. I use to be able to talk them down almost $100, and throw in string, picks, bags, whatever, but now they won't


this.

I once had them send me a brand new guitar from the warehouse and throw in strings, strap, and picks for making me wait... tried that recently with other merch... it's the price listed or no sale


EDIT:
Still works at places like Daddy's tho...
#28
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i haggled the price of a 700 dollar guitar down to 400 because it had 2 small dings on the back and a chip on the headstock.


If there are any imperfections, even tiny unnoticeable-unless-you're-looking-for them imperfections, can take off some dough. TS, look for one with a ding.
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#29
I believe haggling is the word you're looking for. They probably do on really expensive merchandise, not so much on the lesser stuff.
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#30
they can bump the price down on anything. if you're buying something expensive and a few cheaper things (strings, straps, cables) they can probably just toss those cheaper things in for free.
mention that you're low on cash or something and they'll work with you. it probably does depend on the person, but they all CAN come down on the price a bit.
#31
Ooh!
One trick I always use it talk about how I'm short, and I'd have to come back in a week or two, and 95% of the time the salesman knocks off 10% of the price (granted the most expensive things I've bought are in the $350-$600 range) but hey 10% is 10%
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#34
when i bought my tele, i went during a sale which took like $45-50 off but i told him i wanted to spend like $20 less, so he said all he could do was not give me a gig bag and take off $20 and I just bought a $5 guitar stand, so , idk about straight out haggling

Edit: something i did (not on purpose) but i had a bunch of small stuff i really needed (strings, picks, strap) and i was like 5-6 dollars short, so the guy just took all the cash i had and deducted the price to exactly that, you could always try something like that
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#35
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#37
my friend used to work at guitar center
and he told me a few months ago that they were NOT allowed to haggle prices anymore.
apparently its a chain policy or something.
but it's always worth giving it a try, you might get a cool sales rep
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#38
If you make a moderatley large pruchase, you can get them to throw in some small accessories or whatever no problem. Picks, straps, gig bags, etc.
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#39
Yeah they changed their policy. They're not supposed to haggle anymore, but if you act like you're on the fence about buying something they'll usually do some kind of discount.
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#40
about 4 years ago I was able to haggle a les paul custom from 700 to 500 at GC.
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