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Do online stores give deals?

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I plan on buying a Gibson SG and there aren't any stores around me that carry them so I'm most likely buying it online. Is there any way I can haggle to get a lower price like you can in actual stores? I've heard that if you call in and speak to an associate they can get you a lower price but in your experience which online stores are the best about this and how do I go about doing it? Any input's appreciated :D
 

ixnay

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You should have no trouble getting at least 15% off most places with little to no effort. If nothing else, just wait until one of them has a 15% coupon and either use it or use it for leverage negotiating with one of their competitors.
 

335guy

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My approach is to sign up for the newsletters and e-mail alerts of the various online retailers I prefer to buy from. I'll get offers for coupons with 10-20% off. If you use a online retailer with free shipping and that collects no taxes, then that's about as good as it gets, from my experience. Some retailers will haggle a bit IF you have gotten a lower price elsewhere; others won't. You can also get a fair amount off MAP by buying returned merchandise. IMHO, you're better off presenting discount coupons rather than "haggling". They're not going to give stuff away.
 

ixnay

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If you want an SG, just take a look around at a few places now. It seems everyone is clearing out last year's Gibsons at a discount. MF, Music Zoo, Sweetwater, Wildwood, etc.
 
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how about if the SG is already on sale? I'm looking at the Standard with P-90s and its $840, is it improbable to think they'll go even lower than that?
 

FrooShonTay

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Just don't get your hopes up like I have when some stores have 15% sales. A lot of stores exclude just about every brand name under the sun from the sale.
 

ixnay

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Just don't get your hopes up like I have when some stores have 15% sales. A lot of stores exclude just about every brand name under the sun from the sale.
And if you actually take the time to call instead of trying to use the code online, they will let you use it on just about any brand that is 'excluded'.
 

bob-i

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The answer is yes, they do. I never pay full price for any big buck item like a guitar. Call them, talk it out, give them a price you're willing to pay, they'll usually meet you in the middle.

I shopped around for a gretsch power jet, best price, every price was $2150. I called several on line stores and suggested that I'd pull the trigger if I could get it under $1700, I paid $1750 with free shipping.

My carvin PA cabs were reduced by $150 and they threw in free cables just by explaining that I was comparing peavey and mackie as well. He said, if we could give you this pep rice would you buy? Yep.

Sometimes, once you get the item you can find a small defect not worth shipping it back for, but that you'd like a few bucks off. I bought a Les Paul studio awhile ago, there was a small ding by the jack. I complained and after saying I didn't want to send it back I got $75 back.

Yes, haggle but be ready to pull the trigger because they will not offer the lower price if you hang up and call back.

JMO
 

Guitarworks

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how about if the SG is already on sale? I'm looking at the Standard with P-90s and its $840, is it improbable to think they'll go even lower than that?
If it's already on sale, they will attempt to feed you a couple bull**** lines like "Nope. Can't go any lower on that one - it's already on sale" or "hey, c'mon buddy, we gotta make money on this one too, ya know!" (yeah whatever :rolleyes:). But usually they can go considerably lower on it. You'll have to tell them the most you're able to pay and see what they do. They might be willing to work with you, or they might flat out reject your offer.
 






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