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Did u ever buy alot of gear online only to keep one and return the rest?...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by XXTwighlight, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. XXTwighlight

    XXTwighlight Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    New Jersey
    I really want to try the line of Epiphone elitist guitars (Sheraton/Byrdland/Broadway/Casino) but there are no dealers or stock in the NYC/NJ area.
    I was thinking of ordering 2 guitars from one store and 2 from another.
    They usually have free shipping. But I assume I would pay return shipping.
    Anyone do this?
    I am also scared to try this, as its $6000 plus worth of gear.
    Who knows what might go wrong.
  2. phoenix 7

    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2005
    I did it a few weeks ago with 3 Suhr Classic T's. It worked out well as one was definitely better for me than the others.
  3. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    North Myrtle Beach, SC
    I have about 12 orders with musicians friend -- I didn't keep ONE thing :crazyguy
    Not because I didn't want to, but because my needs changes or the stuff was not working correctly. In EVERY case they were very cool and took it back no questions asked. I've never purchased close to that amount $$$-wise though.
    I also believe they have stipulations that guitars over $2K need to be returned within 10 days or something vs. 45 days for other gear.
    You lose a lot on shipping, but you get to try gear you might not otherwise find locally.
  4. vibroverbus

    vibroverbus Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Shanghai & Boston
    I've done it a couple times. Once the guitar model was not ultimately good enough for what I wanted, so I took the vendor up on return policy. In the other the guitar had flaws. In both cases different vendors were completely cool about it. If they have internet business models then they expect some returns since the upside is that far more people who order-to-try end up keeping.

    I think this is totally fine as long as you're sincerely trying something out that you sincerely might want to buy, and not just 'buy-to-rent' or playing with new gear you have no intention to keep, which I think is unethical.

    I would agree with your concern about $6k of gear though - I'd suggest you do 2 at a time maybe? As an aside pretty shocking that there's no stock in NYC area - pretty bad dealer management on Gibson's part!
  5. Cadbar

    Cadbar Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I would spend what it would cost in return shipping and drive to a store that does have the guitars you want to try.

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