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#1
I always see people say they can get discounts at GC just by asking, or by pointing out that the gear is now technically used since everyone and their brother has been playing on it. This approach hasn't worked for me. What do you guys do that works? Thanks
#2
bring your sister. make her show them her tits.
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#3
i agree
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#4
i seem to get some discounts/coupons due to the fact that i spent some decent money down there *was 17, I bought both my new guitar which was 450$ and my friends bass starter kit which was around 300$, both went on my account* so spend more to get more cheap? xD
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#5
I never get any discounts. >.<

Only when I have a coupon. Maybe you should draw up some coupons with crayons, they'll feel so bad for you that they'll have no choice but to give you a discount!
#9
Spending more is one way, but all that you've got to do is be a hard sell. Be ready to leave if you don't get a great deal (don't forget to leave =P) and let them know that you know how huge the mark-up is. I don't think I've ever payed anywhere near the full price at GC for anything, excluding accessories, so give it a shot. Their official policy is something along the lines of tell people they don't haggle, but thats bullshit.
#11
I have been going to GC for years and it's always best if you can make friends with the staff. The only problem is they usually do not last long. I know a few guys at both the local GC and Daddy's. It makes it easier to negotiate if you have a salesman on your side. The guys I know call me and let me know if something comes in I would be interested in. They also call if something gets marked down on deep discount. I have several local shops that will also get in touch with me if stuff makes it's way into their stores too. You have to realize I buy a lot of guitars 80% of them used. There is a lot more room for negotiating with used equipment than new. I only keep a small portion of what I buy most I resell ASAP so it looks like I buy a lot of guitars but to sales staff that make commissions they do not care they just know I usually buy every time I come in.

The big rule to negotiating is to be prepared to walk away.

Not everyone will mark something down depending on their cost and markup. Buying from privet sellers is really the best way to score low priced high quality instruments. With the economy as bad as it is gives a buyer with cash a little edge.

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#12
I would but my local shop doesn't have Vox AC4tv's, GC does. GC is one of the last places I want to business with.
#13
say "waiter, theres a dead guy on my guitar"
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say "waiter, theres a dead guy on my guitar"

LOL


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#15
probably going to haggle on a peavey vtm next month.
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#17
I stopped buying stuff from guitar center a few years ago when they had a mexican strat with scratches on the paint and a missing tone knob and missing the top to the 5 way switch and I asked them what they would take for it. They said they wouldnt take anything off, I offered 50 below the price (I wanna say 500 at the time) and they said no. I go there to play stuff that the smaller stores around here don't have and to see if something is good. Then I wait for a used version to pop up on craigslist or I buy it online or from a different store if I want it then.
#19
Rub you penis all over the guitar. Get pictures of said penis-on-guitar. Demand that you want a price cut, because some asshole rubbed his penis on the guitar you wanna buy.

Works every time
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#20
I never pay full price for guitars, amps etc.

I treat the salesman like a person and don't act like an arrogant asshole. Its amazing how far being friendly and nice can get you.

After you establish the decent person thing, you simply ask if they can do anything with the price. Sometimes they will say yes... sometimes no... If they say no, its not a big deal to walk away. When I hear no, I usually then say something along the lines of that stinks, I only got x amount of dollars, maybe next time I am in I will pick it up. As I am walking away 9 times out of 10 the salesman will come get me and work out a deal.

the key points are to be friendly, polite and not an arrogant asshole
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#21
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I never pay full price for guitars, amps etc.

I treat the salesman like a person and don't act like an arrogant asshole. Its amazing how far being friendly and nice can get you.

After you establish the decent person thing, you simply ask if they can do anything with the price. Sometimes they will say yes... sometimes no... If they say no, its not a big deal to walk away. When I hear no, I usually then say something along the lines of that stinks, I only got x amount of dollars, maybe next time I am in I will pick it up. As I am walking away 9 times out of 10 the salesman will come get me and work out a deal.

the key points are to be friendly, polite and not an arrogant asshole


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#22
Get a job with them. I did for the summer. You get everything at cost +2%.
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#24
Asking at gunpoint works. lol.
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#25
it depends on what you are shopping for.

some stores have better deals on certain products...

samash, gc, local shops. one can always beat out the other on a given thing on a given day. it depends on what they paid for it.

take gibson robots just for example. currently one store is blowing them out at $999 or $1199, the other can't even hope to match that based on what they paid for robots. so since one shop paid less, they can sell them less. it's the same with everything to some extent.

and just be nice, at gc, samash or your local favorite. that get's you the discounts too.
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#26
Use store X has this cheaper Ill go there.
I can find it online.
Im just looking the price is too high here.
I could just borrow my friends.

Any of those excuses work. Saying ill check out guitar center instead to a locally owned business usually gets you a nice discount too.

Oh and play something orginal. If you sound like a shit guitarist or someone who just plays covers they will expect you to be the kid with mommy and daddys money and they will go for all then can.

One more thing. Go with other people and tell them to comment negatively one the instrument/ amp you want. If you act like you're doubting the purchase the will work with you since they get paid on commission and want a fat paycheck.
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#27
Quote by JLT73
I never pay full price for guitars, amps etc.

I treat the salesman like a person and don't act like an arrogant asshole. Its amazing how far being friendly and nice can get you.

After you establish the decent person thing, you simply ask if they can do anything with the price. Sometimes they will say yes... sometimes no... If they say no, its not a big deal to walk away. When I hear no, I usually then say something along the lines of that stinks, I only got x amount of dollars, maybe next time I am in I will pick it up. As I am walking away 9 times out of 10 the salesman will come get me and work out a deal.

the key points are to be friendly, polite and not an arrogant asshole



This works very well. I usually say that I don´t have enough money and seem really dissapointed. Then I say "oh well, I will just walk around and try out some guitars before I leave". That leaves me still in the store for a couple minutes to give the salesman a chance to come back to me with an offer.
#28
Quote by necrosis1193
Get a job with them. I did for the summer. You get everything at cost +2%.


Why do they go through the effort plusing 2%... why cant they just give it to ya at cost price?

Key it when no one is looking and ask for a discount because its scratched.

Tell them its got a hair on it ....

Seriously though +1 to the guy who sugested being nice and friendly. If the salesperson thinks your a top bloke they are more likely to give u a good deal.

Few tips would be to make little jokes about the situation.. Be happy and excited. get there spirits up a little and yours.

Call them by there first name if they have a badge. But dont it in a weird way like squinting weirdy and pronouncing there name slowly and wrong. Like "!bilee" - Russel Peters.. LOL. Its a good icebreaker kind of thing and the salesperson might think that u actually want to get to know them and your friendly person.

When they ask how are you? u ask them back and pretend that u are generally interested.

Talk alot about the gear you own ... or the plans you have for the thing that u wanna buy... Kinda make them interested in you personally rather then being just another customer.
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#29
I always get discounts when i go to GC........easy way....cash speaks louder than debit or credit.

You see something you want for 600 and you tell them you have 500 cash in hand and I bet you they will drop the price. I got an Ibanez 5 string bass from them and becasue I had cash the guy reduced price by 15% and threw in a free gig bag and pack of bass strings.

It also helps that I personally know someone in just about every department.

And if they still wont go lower just walk away and tell them that you will go to Sam Ash becasue they already said they would drop price, but you like GC so much more and you wanted to give them the chance to make the sale. A little sucking up goes a long way as well.

But like someone else said.....try to support your smaller music stores as they can usually mess with the pricing more because they don't have corporate assholes to answer too.
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#30
Quote by gregs1020
it depends on what you are shopping for.

some stores have better deals on certain products...

samash, gc, local shops. one can always beat out the other on a given thing on a given day. it depends on what they paid for it.

take gibson robots just for example. currently one store is blowing them out at $999 or $1199, the other can't even hope to match that based on what they paid for robots. so since one shop paid less, they can sell them less. it's the same with everything to some extent.

and just be nice, at gc, samash or your local favorite. that get's you the discounts too.

That is 100% correct, it depends on how much the store paid for the product and how much they need to get rid of it. It's exactly like the cars business. At Guitar Center I have always gotten a discount when I buy something. Most of the time at guitar center they will always give a discount except on some used gear. Even though my dad got an Allen Heath mixer board for $250.00 less than they were asking. If you go into a store with cash and throw it down and say "I've got (let's say $600.00 for whatever you want and they are asking $850.00) they will deal with you. If it's a noob salesman tell him to go ask his manager. You will almost 100% of the time get a discount at Guitar Center. My dad has schooled me on getting discounts on everything my whole life. He used to be a car salesman so he knows how it works. Hell, I don't think I've bought a pair of shoes in my life either for full price. No matter what anyone says for their is no set price. (Except in very few situations.)

P.S. Don't act like they are trying to scam you by saying "I know how much the mark up is", because you don't. You are just guessing, you don't know everything and are basically saying to them "you rip everyone off and I know that so you should give me a discount." Market comment is one of the biggest flaws people make when they are trying to make a deal with a salesman.
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#31
Be an informed consumer.
Know what you are buying and its retail value (wholesale value if possible).
Know what its selling for at other brick and mortar stores, online stores, ebay, etc.
Negotiate from there

Be prepared to walk away from the table.

Don't be an a-hole, and treat the salesperson like a human being. It goes a long way.
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#32
Say "Hey sales associate, you cant sell this guitar to me at a new price because its' got a few dings in it and there's a knob missing."

The missing knob alone should get you a decent B-Stock price. Or say you'll pay full price with 6 packs of your favorite strings included (favorite meaning those really expensive ones). That would sound like a good deal to me without thinking about it.

OR even better, you can say "Well this guitar is $<this much> on musican's friend... can you beat that price before I go and get free shipping with some fancy Elixirs for free from them?" My Guitar Center checks the prices of MF stuff.

And for a place that makes commission, and lame ass story you can come up with will probably get you a discount. Having a player rewards card helps.
#33
Easy, just take a screwdriver in and, when nobody is looking, make a big scratch in the back of the guitar, it sound evil but if its a deep enough scratch you could get up to $200 off aguitar!


Seriously thouguh do not do this its evil and a dick move
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#34
I've only been on good terms with one GC employee, and only because I could remember his name: Peerat Limpaporn. No idea how I remember that.
#35
They more easily throw in free stuff. Like spend $100 and tell them (not ask because they can say no) to throw in a dozen picks and a pack of strings.

Or if you really want a discount, name a price. Don't ask for a discount. They only give like 1% off. Be serious and tell them it's been out and get a discount.
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I've only been on good terms with one GC employee, and only because I could remember his name: Peerat Limpaporn. No idea how I remember that.

rofl.. That's the saddest name in human existence.. besides (shithead, female, male, orangejello, and all those obvious famous weird ones).
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#39
about a month ago me and two friends walked up to guitar center at like 8:20 and saw on the door that they closed at 8 so i started going back to my car. one of the employees comes outside and says me and my friends came come inside, they were just cleaning. we go inside and hang out for a little bit, check out some guitars & things and then i go to buy a pack of strings.

the guy says hold on for a second, let me talk to my manager. the comeback after a minute and say that they have to make a certain amount profit for the day or something, and the manager gives us 3 $20 gift cards on the condition that we spend them in the next 15 minutes.

one of my friends didn't play anything and the other was kinda shitty, so they let me have theirs. i had like $20 and my friend gave me like $4. All of this gave me just enough to get a brand new boss md-2 mega distortion which totaled to like 80-something. so i got a $80 pedal for like $24, pretty much.

and we we pretty baked too so this all added up to mind blowing awesomeness and sweet shit and such

so it turns out that i didn't really like the boss md2 i got. even though it's boss's highest gain pedal, it didnt really have the sound i was going for. so a couple of days ago i went back to the same guitar center with the intention of trading it in.

i had heard the mxr fullbore metal on the internet and liked it, so i asked if they had it and to try it out. they set me up and i was playing through it and liked it. i only had like $10 on me so between that and the pedal i was returning i had like $95. that mxr cost like $100 or something, and i liked it and i told the guy that if i had the money for it, i would totally buy it today. they got me a deal and i got the pedal for what i had.

soo... pretty sweet shit right there


tl;dr
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#40
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about a month ago me and two friends walked up to guitar center at like 8:20 and saw on the door that they closed at 8 so i started going back to my car. one of the employees comes outside and says me and my friends came come inside, they were just cleaning. we go inside and hang out for a little bit, check out some guitars & things and then i go to buy a pack of strings.

the guy says hold on for a second, let me talk to my manager. the comeback after a minute and say that they have to make a certain amount profit for the day or something, and the manager gives us 3 $20 gift cards on the condition that we spend them in the next 15 minutes.

one of my friends didn't play anything and the other was kinda shitty, so they let me have theirs. i had like $20 and my friend gave me like $4. All of this gave me just enough to get a brand new boss md-2 mega distortion which totaled to like 80-something. so i got a $80 pedal for like $24, pretty much.

and we we pretty baked too so this all added up to mind blowing awesomeness and sweet shit and such

so it turns out that i didn't really like the boss md2 i got. even though it's boss's highest gain pedal, it didnt really have the sound i was going for. so a couple of days ago i went back to the same guitar center with the intention of trading it in.

i had heard the mxr fullbore metal on the internet and liked it, so i asked if they had it and to try it out. they set me up and i was playing through it and liked it. i only had like $10 on me so between that and the pedal i was returning i had like $95. that mxr cost like $100 or something, and i liked it and i told the guy that if i had the money for it, i would totally buy it today. they got me a deal and i got the pedal for what i had.

soo... pretty sweet shit right there


tl;dr
guitar center likes me or something


Most stores in general wont let u pile up gift cards like that. I find it hard to believe that they would let u in 20 minutes after closing and give 60 bux straight out.

But if it is true then you are one lucky bastard
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