#1
Hai guyz, I'm probably going to start part-time work in a small music shop in my town, does anybody have any advice on what to do, what not to do and basically how to sell stuff? Cheers, much appreciated.
#3
Learn your stuff, be engaging, and don't try to sell people things they don't want.
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#4
All you can really do is know what you're talking about and speak confidently. If you have both, sales will come.
#5
It'll be difficult. i went to all my local music shops and got told that business is really slow during summer and that there's no chance of getting hired.
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#6
What to do:
- Smile
- Be polite and interested
- Get to know the store and its stock

What not to do:
- Bite customers
- Urinate on the store front
- Come to work naked

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#7
Best of luck to you. I don't know that I could ever stomach a job like that, having to sell people Ibanez guitars and Line 6 amps. *shudder*
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#8
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What to do:
- Smile
- Be polite and interested
- Get to know the store and its stock

What not to do:
- Bite customers
- Urinate on the store front
- Come to work naked


Unless TS is either stunningly attractive or has a modicum of physical charms and is a female.
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What to do:
- Smile
- Be polite and interested
- Get to know the store and its stock

What not to do:
- Bite customers
- Urinate on the store front
- Come to work naked


if only anyone would have gave me this advice before... i will still had my job
#10
hahahaha well, I asked for a job in a local music shop, but they did not hired me because of my age Iguess, I was like 15 or sth
#12
Just share your knowledge, if some beginner comes in wanting a piezo pickup just cause he heard they were good off a friend, before he wastes his money inform him that it'll just highlight his every mistake if he makes any... share your knowledge and help people!
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It'll be difficult. i went to all my local music shops and got told that business is really slow during summer and that there's no chance of getting hired.


This. I'm the only one who works at my local music shop and have two jobs because of how slow it is. It has to be one the easiest jobs there is though.
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#14
I work at a music shop in town. It's really tough because it is slow. To keep business up, you really have to be able to get customers informed and excited about the things they do honestly want. This means providing a wealth of information beyond your current expertise and definitely getting familiar with what the store can provide.
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#15
from my experience be friendly and engage in what the customers are interested in, I'm sure we've all been to stores where some of the staff are aloof elitist pricks.
#16
Remember, everything the shop sells is AWESOME, yet it's AWESOME'ness is directly proportional to how much it costs

You know that Line-6 spiders are pretty crappy... but it's that kinda stuff that pays your wages so try as hard to sell that as you would an expensive product.
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from my experience be friendly and engage in what the customers are interested in, I'm sure we've all been to stores where some of the staff are aloof elitist pricks.

THIS. I live in Peru and here there's only one music store where you can actually try out gear, and the guys are assholes who, unless you look older than 25 or you're with your dad, won't let you try most of the stuff and they'll give you the shittiest amp and instrument they can find. Oh and they stare at you uncomfortably, with an "enough?" expression so that you leave asap.

Sucks cause it would've been interesting to work there if it wasn't for the fact that I thought that all those that would've been my co-workers are total assholes.
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What to do:
- Smile
- Be polite and interested
- Get to know the store and its stock

What not to do:
- Bite customers
- Urinate on the store front
- Come to work naked


Funny story, before they offered me a job they said that if I walked round town naked and with a board round me saying "COME TO GUITAR GALLERIES" they'd give me a Kustom Low End 1x15, 4x10 and 2000-watt head. Almost did it.
#19
Be Honest, but if anyone comes in and says that they were looking to buy a Line6 Spider and you make the most profit on them, then just seell it and smile do not say Line 6 Spiders are terrible, how about you buy a product where we make barely any money.

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Funny story, before they offered me a job they said that if I walked round town naked and with a board round me saying "COME TO GUITAR GALLERIES" they'd give me a Kustom Low End 1x15, 4x10 and 2000 -watt head. Almost did it.


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#20
Promote the business on the internet and such. And be honest, people aren't going to come to your store again if you say a fender frontman is better then some high end tube amp just so you can make some extra money. Also, discount things. The store around the corner sells boss bf-3 flangers for 60$ while Guitar Center's is twice that.
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#21
If you know anything about instruments, you are already over qualified.
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Promote the business on the internet and such. And be honest, people aren't going to come to your store again if you say a fender frontman is better then some high end tube amp just so you can make some extra money. Also, discount things. The store around the corner sells boss bf-3 flangers for 60$ while Guitar Center's is twice that.


Not much chance of that, all they stock so far is Kustom and Blackstar, but it's a new shop. Btw, are Blackstar any good?
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Not much chance of that, all they stock so far is Kustom and Blackstar, but it's a new shop. Btw, are Blackstar any good?


As far as I know Blackstar are pretty good when it comes to cabs, I've never tried one though. Gus G uses Blackstar amps so I'd imagine they're good.
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#25
I work at my town's music shop and its really fun since the owner is cool. One thing that helped me was I tuned the guitars all the time so when customers asked about them I could tell them a lot about em. Just be as friendly as possible, know as much as you can, and make it worth the customers' time to be there.
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Sorry, typo. 1200-watt. The Groove.

And you didn't do it, why? I'm an ugly **** and woulda done it regardless. Economy is tough, and free stuff is free stuff.
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#27
Example: (product goes here) is realy good its got "good shit goes here" "then price" "then offer 2nd option"

that's pretty much it
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And you didn't do it, why? I'm an ugly **** and woulda done it regardless. Economy is tough, and free stuff is free stuff.


I probably will do it eventually, but there's a girl I like that works near where I was supposed to walk soo......
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I probably will do it eventually, but there's a girl I like that works near where I was supposed to walk soo......

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Not sure if I agree with your loogic, but if I wear undies I can have the 4x10 and the head. The 15" is only £150, may do that...
#32
see what they'll offer if you just wear a male "bikini-style" underwear
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#33
I sometimes work in one, I mainly just drink cups of tea and sell flute polishers to little girls.
#34
I'm in the saem position. Did so last year too. My advice:

~If there's anything scripted, get it down perfect. if you're just reading a script or are reaching for lines, it shows. Learn the lines well, then put your own spin on, and people will be much more engaging.
~Talk loud. Don't shout, but nine of ten people aren't going to want the teenaged temp working with them; they'll want an adult, full-time employee or their good buddy Steve McBoughtfrombefore. If you're talking in a little voice they can barely hear, they're going to try to intimidate you for a better deal. If you talk loud, they'll listen to you, as generally people talk quieter when they're unsure.
~Don't hesitate from giving them a deal. If you give them a good deal, they'll keep coming back. A cheaper customer for life is better than an expensive one-time buyer. Obviously don't just lay over and let them get what they want, but give them some room.
~Don't pester. Nobody likes a salesman who asks you if you want to buy every ten seconds.
~Be happy and be friendly. Honest people with nothing to lose have nothing to be worried about. Even if you do, if you make it look like you don't they'll listen to you more.
~Never say "If", "Maybe" "do you want to". If you give them the option verbally, they'll be more inclined to say no than if you say it as if it isn't an option. For example, if you're writing them up on a contract, they'll be more likely to say yes to an extended warranty if you say "We have a coverage plan to protect the instrument for __ years. Sign here." than if you say "We offer an extended warranty. Would you like to sign up for it?" Technically you never say it's mandatory, so everything's legit, and generally you can't get the extended warranty after the first month of ownership, so you can bet if you get two salesmen who sell the same number of instruments, they'll keep the guy who gets more people to sign for the warranty.
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