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Can you haggle used gear at GC

chrisjnyc

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Spotted a guitar at GC in Tucson that I am interested in... only I am 1000 miles away. I dont have high hopes to call and speak to anyone who would wheel and deal over the phone.
 

fjrabon

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In a straight cash buy... probably not... unless it had been sitting there for a long time and they were about to discount it anyway.

sometimes I have been able to get them to pump my trade in value just a touch and throw in various extras if it was a big multi-piece trade deal.

you’re more likely to get a deal on new stuff at GC than used stuff.
 

pyna

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I haven't had much luck - been told that after 30 days of not selling the manager has some discretion, but hasn't ever really worked for me. Usually've been able to get them to throw in a set of strings or two or something, that's about it.
 

BadAssBill

southofnash.com
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Yes...they have a little wiggle room, depending on the deal. As others have said a lot of it depends on how long they've had it. I get a daily email of new pieces they buy and the list is staggering. What I've found a few times is to double check everything they tell you. I was purchasing a 68 Tele from there they said it was all original. I told them I'd take it and we found the original pickup in the original case. 8/ On top of it, they then wouldn't budge on price so I passed.
 

FLYING V 83

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I call the store while looking at the ad & ask for guitar sales. Usually they'll go get it & give you details on the phone. I've had them text me additional pics.
Got a free case when I bought my '17 white SG Ltd gold hdwe for $1000 from Florida. Used a CC over the phone, had it shipped to store, no problem.
 

FiestaRed869

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Lately GC has been all over the place for me. I live close to 3 so jump around looking for used gear and discounts on new stuff. One employee says firm, another one same store haggles. On new stuff some stores give me 15% some don’t. Again could be same store different day. It’s really hit or miss.

Recently got a used Jcm900 for 700$ out the door with tag price 799$. tried to buy something else and they were firm, even on a price that was crazy high. If you trade in you get 15% off, so if it’s new just bring in a useless pedal you don’t use, get some cash and an additional 15% off
 

rickt

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They are in the business to sell. And that used piece needs to go. Haggle away and good luck.
 

Pongo

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Always try.

I've gotten deals at GC on products that technically had no wriggle room; I've been flatly refused on what I felt were very good offers. Bottom line is, don't ask me, ask them! You won't know until ya try.
 

cutaway

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I've tried every single time I'm in there and I'm always told no. They don't deal on used gear period. But they had a July 4th sale and told me they'd give me 15% off a used guitar I wanted. So who knows.
 

Robert Libutti

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Probably not your situation at all. But, I saw a use Hagstrom Ultra Swede on the local GC website for, if I remember $350. New on GC's site, there were $380. Or something along that ratio. So I went in and asked the guy about it. He knocked it down to $300. Apparently they took in the used guitar when they were selling them for $700+ new, but corporate had since reduced the price on them. It was basically mint, so it was a nice deal.
 

Windup 43

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I just haggled $100 off a new $900 guitar, I’m sure they’d come down on used gear too.
 




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