Are Guitar Sales Persons This Stupid? Or............? LONG POST

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  1. aynirar27

    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    May point is that it doesn’t matter where you are working. I’m using guitar center now because that is the topic of the thread. you may be right, GC might be an unethical piece of crap company, but that doesn’t matter.

    For example the job I have now. I took a big pay cut to take an entry level job because it had great Benefits and seemed to room to move up. I made it my goal to work my boss’s ass under the table until I had his job, and that is what I have now. I’m essentially doing the same work I was doing day one, except now, 3 promotions and raises later, I’m making 3x as much and where nicer clothes to work.

    that is an example of it working out. I’ve tried that same thing at several other dead end “guitar centers” of this world, and when they didn’t work out, I took what I learned to help me at my next job.

    Moral of the story, work hard and do your best for yourself, and nothing else.
     
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    stamsd Supporting Member

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    I think you got quoted by mistake. Did not mean any ill toward you. This WHOLE post was just a frustration of something that should have been (in my eyes) as a simple interaction of a potential buyer of a niche item that should have been engaged by someone who was knowledgable with that item. Small customer base (by comparison) and smaller sales person force.
     
  3. jfb44

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    Yeah, start them out at executive salary!
     
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  4. guitarbilly74

    guitarbilly74 Supporting Member

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    I hate the OK Boomer thing but this is really an OK Boomer situation.

    Back in the day, aside from the few models that were reviewed by magazines each month, the only way you'd know the specs of a guitar would be ask the salesman about it. So they had to know.
    These days, you can easily get on your phone and get the spec sheet directly from the manufacturer for just about any guitar.

    Also, brick and mortar stores are struggling to compete with online vendors with much lower overheads and can't afford to keep specialists on staff.

    This is like getting on a plane and saying "back in the day, PanAm used to serve steak".

    It's an entirely different world now. All the information you need is in your pocket and store clerks are there to ring you up and make sure you don't steal anything. If you're going into any store without doing your homework beforehand, the joke is on you.
     
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  5. big mike

    big mike David Grissom Wannabee Gold Supporting Member

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    Knock off the bickering
    Insults
    ageism

    and general poor behavior or don’t be Surprised if you get a forced vacation.
     
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  6. mvsr990

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    An employer's ethics do matter - why reward an entity that doesn't value you?

    You had a path to be rewarded for your hard work. That's the point - there was a carrot to entice you, a return on your investment. For a sales clerk at GC, there is no such realistic path. So you work to the labor value GC has decided for you. If you memorize Fender's entire lineup, they aren't going to give you a company car.

    Becoming an expert on guitar sales only helps you get another job as a guitar salesman... which would probably be at another GC, given the retail situation.
     
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  7. Flyin' Brian

    Flyin' Brian Member

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    Oh PLEASE.
    You're 50 years old.....still a kid BTW.

    You've been here at TGP approaching 6 years, during which there have been uncountable threads about GC.

    It's a basic retail outlet that hires untrained people, gives them minimum training that's been administered by last month's new hire.

    Don't blame the kid(s). Blame the company.
     
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    mvsr990 Supporting Member

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    You can look inside the car and see that - much like all those guitars on the wall. Do you want the salesman to explain how dual overhead cams work? Why?

    (Every time I've bought a car, I knew more about it than the salesperson.)
     
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    Amazing how many people seem to think that it's 1955, companies hire for life, and you can start in the mailroom and end up CEO if you're just plucky enough. Do they ask the kid at Vons to pick them out a nice crispy, citrusy but not too dry Pinot Grigio and then wonder why the kid stares?
     
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    This. I bought my wife a 2019 Crosstrek and while I appreciated the salesperson trying to explain all the benefits and features, I had to politely ask him to stop as I had already researched my options and came to my decision prior to even stepping foot on their dealership. All I needed from them was the best price they could offer me.

    I'm well aware of what the purpose of the phrase is for and it most certainly applies to the OP because despite numerous people trying to explain to them that it's not what is was like when they were working at GC back in the day, the OP doesn't want to consider anything other than their rant.
     
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    It is 2020....I think most people who know the specs they want would go online and do some research and walk into a guitar store knowing they want model XYZ. I know more than sales guy, When I was your age I knew my $hit, guy with no talent was playing too loud more my liking.....guitars were not playable enough to make a purchase decision, waited 10 mins for help....you sound like a sales persons nightmare...lol
     
  12. aynirar27

    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    I disagree 1,000% percent. Learning guitar sales will help you with the sales of anything. Being on the floor will help you with customer service anywhere. Working hard and having a positive attitude will help you with every aspect of your life.

    All of your responses have been long winded excused for being lazy
     
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  13. big mike

    big mike David Grissom Wannabee Gold Supporting Member

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