#1
So um yeah... Today was my last day of work experience in one of the 2 big music shops in my city and I was telling one of the guys in there about an acoustic I had gotten off of Thomann, and he proceeded to rip me apart for buying something outside of Ireland.

His reasonings were:

1) I bought a guitar without trying it (I had looked up reviews and demonstrations, as well as the website)

2) I had spent money outside of the country, contributing to the economic downturn

3) I didnt contribute the his mother's business, thus contributing to the downturn of small music business in the city, when 2 music shops have closed in the last year

and

4) He claims he can get the same prices as Thomann.

So yeah.

What you guys think? and Do you buy from the internet or local shops?

EDIT : I should also mention I'm applying for a job in this particular store tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get it





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#4
Local stores FTW, I like to give them buisness if they are friendly to their customers, plus you get to try the gear you want to buy, or plan to buy
#5
My uncle owns a music store, so i get good deals.
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#6
I like to play a guitar before I buy it, but things like effects pedals, strings etc are all the same so I dont mind buying them online especially if they're cheaper.
#7
Local stores, deffo
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#8
+1 I like to try things. However: every dollar you spend helps an economy somewhere. It doesn't really matter where it's spent.

If the guy can get teh same price, though, you should buy from him. He'll give you repeat customer discounts and stuff like that, musiciansfriend won't.
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oh no you didn't

i buy from the net because that's the only place to get really good and hard to find things


Well I've been on work experience twice with these guys and i know them well enough so I could get things shipped in and buy them for next to retail price.
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oh no you didn't


Elaborate please
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Lot's of shops will price-match something on the internet for you (within reason) if you mention it to them. It's usually worth paying a few quid more to try before you but though I reckon.

Having said this, I buy pretty much all my gear second-hand and so the internet really is the only place to find decent stuff. Most of the second-hand stuff round here is either crap or astronomically priced.
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#13
Locals. I like to try my stuff first. And helping the local economy doesn't hurt either.

Unfortunately, our best two stores were closed down, and was absorbed by Long&McQuade
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Elaborate please

there is lots and lots of variation in effect pedals and strings man
#15
All the money is going to China/Korea anyhow...unless you get a ridiculously price USA guitar.

I've bought stuff from both places, obviously. Places like Musicians Friend you can trust. No tax, free shipping and the prices are lower than the stores...I don't see how you go wrong there.

And music stores don't have EVERY guitar I want to try, so that "you can try it at a store" argument doesn't hold up, because they have such a small selection.
#16
yeah, i like the stores...you get the interpersonal communications techniques so many of you in the pit Lack!

and there is the chance the store is having a giveaway prize package thing...stores where i used to live did sh1t like that occasionally
#17
depends really , waltons will rip you off so i dont bother buying anything there , xmusic however are very good and i do buy a lot of my stuff from them , sure you can always haggle.

Say theres a marshall jcm 800 on thomann for 900?
xmusic have the same thing for 1000
just talk em down to 900
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All the money is going to China/Korea anyhow...unless you get a ridiculously price USA guitar.

I've bought stuff from both places, obviously. Places like Musicians Friend you can trust. No tax, free shipping and the prices are lower than the stores...I don't see how you go wrong there.

And music stores don't have EVERY guitar I want to try, so that "you can try it at a store" argument doesn't hold up, because they have such a small selection.


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there is lots and lots of variation in effect pedals and strings man


He ment a packet of rotosound roto blues will be the same wherever you buy them (in theory), and you cant try them, so he gets them online. For example.

I think that's what he ment...
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personaly i try it then buy it online then i know it hasnt been ****ed with and it can be cheaper and less of a hassle
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He ment a packet of rotosound roto blues will be the same wherever you buy them (in theory), and you cant try them, so he gets them online. For example.

I think that's what he ment...


Yes thank you

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there's more variation in effects than there is in guitars


Really!? I wouldnt expect one pedal to sound different to another if they use the same circuitry.
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#22
i was all for the local store, but since one of the guys in there was/is a complete twat and kicked me out once when it was raining i only go in to try stuff out/steal picks, then buy it from the internet for less moneys
#23
Always support your local stores.
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i was all for the local store, but since one of the guys in there was/is a complete twat and kicked me out once when it was raining i only go in to try stuff out/steal picks, then buy it from the internet for less moneys


haha good. The guys in this store though are a laugh and have a good sense of humour, except for one guy who is borderline twat, but I take no notice of him.
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