Guitar Center ?

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  1. Zacflame

    Zacflame Member

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    My location is central of a 1 1/2 -2 hr trip to Tallahasse, Gainesville, And both Jacksonville stores. I have been looking for a eventide h9 or a zoom cdr, well i always call now instead of just striking out. Absolutely zero units at any store, yes they can order, but so can I, are these units in that high demand or is that just the state of guitar center these days ?
     
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    I think it's the state of Guitar Center - I suspect those kind items sell few enough that it doesn't make sense to stock them.
     
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  4. Unnecessary

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    That's kind of funny for guitar center to think that way, considering the only reason they're still probably even in business is because people can demo gear without having to order it. I remind the clerks every time I call to ask to demo something and they don't have it, but mention they can order it for me....like they're doing something I can't do on my own. Seems like less of a hassle to just have it shipped to your house from sweetwater or something and return it that way if you don't like it considering the driving involved.
     
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    Lots of people demo stuff at GC and then order it from an online retailer. I can see why they're stocking mainly the fast-moving items, that's a much safer bet for them right now (with their current financial situation).
     
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  6. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    If you order from Musicians Friend, they will apply a coupon if you call them, ship it for free, and you will have it in 2-3 days. Do it.
     
  7. lspaulsp

    lspaulsp Gold Supporting Member

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    Look at the bright side. You can order it on line.....try it out for 30 days.......return it if you don't like it........ and they can sell it to someone else as new.
     
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    True but that's always been their motto, even before their hard times
     
  9. Alnico&El34Rocks

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    Too bad they don't take suggestions on which gear to stock. Ie if a bunch of people expressed interest in a product maybe they could try and have one in stock at the store...
     
  10. UncleLarry

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    It's not just GC. This is true for any major retailer, be it GC, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. They stock what sells. If it doesn't sell, it's clearanced out and gone. Shelf space is expensive. Just because the latest fad in the microcosm of TGP is blowing up the interwebs, it doesn't mean the rest of the guitar world even cares about it. Boutique/high end gear, especially pedals, has small profit margin. Most brick and mortar stores don't move enough product to justify having such items sitting around for people to come in and "try out".
     
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    Ohhh you mean those tire kicking stores for online shoppers? Yeah they carry mostly accessories and fast moving crap because 2/3 of shoppers there or in mom pops are just there to kick tires. Musicians created that mess so musicians must deal with it.
     
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    The don't even stock basic items like EL84's or rectifier tubes these days. Funny thing is my local GC carries a lot of boutique pedals yet they omit some of the basic necessities.
     
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    Actually, brick and mortar stores that can't or won't compete with online pricing created the mess. Sorry Mom & Pop, but if I have to pay an extra dollar for strings AND drive there, I'll just order them online. Its not my fault I can find stuff for cheaper. If they didn't want you "kicking the tires" they shouldn't put it out there for demo. If GC actually HAS something I want to try, I try it, and I like it, I'll buy it there because they'll price-match. But they ONLY stock major brand's top sellers, it seems, so they're taking sales away from themselves.
     
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    I wonder if you guys will care when all specialized retail stores are gone and you can only order music gear online. Have fun repacking that huge amp for a return over mail.

    Lot of commenting on the retail industry by peeps who don't seem to understand how retail works and survives.
     
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    One of the benefits I really appreciate with stores that have both an online and brick-and-mortar presence is that I can order items from their extensive catalog online and have the opportunity to return it at the local store without the hassle of return shipping if it doesn't work out.

    As others have said, the items stocked at a store need to be items that are popular and will sell in a timely manner, but I do appreciate a sprinkling of rare/oddball things if the store expects me to make occasional visits.
     
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    Guitar Center has problems much larger than musicians using their stores as a demo ground. They're one of the unfortunate businesses set upon (multiple times, in fact) by venture capital firms who bought into them and used them much like a corporate credit card leaving a huge debt on the balance sheet.

    When they go, a LOT of companies are going to be severely impacted. It's not going to be a good time in our industry.
     
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    Agreed - there are many companies who rely upon guitar center to get their products out to the masses - when GC goes belly up (they will either eventually declare bankruptcy and re-emerge as smaller, tighter company with far less resources or disappear completely) we will likely see many companies go the way of the dodo as well.
     
  18. jaclo

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    Exactly, i needed some preamp tubes recently and the San Diego store had none!
     
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  19. gigs

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    Last time I went to a relatively new local mom'n'pop guitar store, I walked in, was looking around... saw a guitar I wanted to play, asked to play it, the guy says... well... only if you're serious about buying it. I said... really? He stood there... I walked out. On my way out he said.. well.. ok..you can play it. I kept walking. Some people really shouldn't be in the retail business.
     
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    ....hey mister, I happen to have liked the dodo...
     

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