Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by skunizzi, Dec 7, 2017.
Yeah, and they can take Squire with them. Please.
Change the Name to DJ sound system center and have a little section for guitars n amps......
Since they opened distro locations in all 50 states, Amazon has been charging sales tax as required by state laws.
And, seriously, monopoly? What do they have monopoly on? Nothing. Everything they sell can be bought in dozens if not 100s of other places. They don’t even have a monopoly on e-tail sales, so they’re not raising prices.
It comes from having synergy across business units.
Yeah, Amazon is big, big, big. But that doesn’t make them a monopoly. Take the Whole Foods acquisition as an example. In my town you can buy groceries from Safeway, Lucky, Oliver’s (a local employee-owned chain with far better “natural” choices than WF), G&C and a few single-location stores that specialize in local produce or serving a neighborhood that’s far from the others. We have a Whole Foods, too, but it’s by far the least popular option. How does Amazon’s ownership of WF make them (or even bring them closer to being) a monopoly?
Good thing 900 Dollar Generals are scheduled to open next year!
Went there today. I picked up and quickly ran through six guitars while the wife was visiting a friend with the thought that if anything jumped out at me, I'd grab it. Oh well. Not a chance. Every single one had the "new" tag but looked like they had all been played for months. That too, can't be great for business. A host of detuned and/or out of tune cookie cutter shreddies that were all Indonesian made, averaging $800. Who on earth wants to pay new prices for what are factually used guitars and then get hit with 6-8% sales tax on top of it? The kids drop in and hammer on the wall stock for hours upon end, weeks upon weeks, and then finally buy 'em online, fresh out of the box for less. I can't imagine any scenario on earth where this is a great business model.
It's a shame because there's so many good guitars and amps out there these days. Not to mention all kinds of effects etc. Might they go under because young people just aren't buying electric guitars?
It probably needs to be rebranded to Music R Us or something similarly dumb.
Post #8000 in the last 5 years that GC is closing any day...I go into one of three of them an a quarterly basis, during the week, and they are always fairly busy. The one in Atlanta just has a complete remodel, that wasn't cheap, and isn't done by dying companies. Go in that one on the weekends and forget it, it's slammed.
This just in from the newsroom...... all guitar related companies will be kaput in 2018.
Without the return policy, I buy from Sweetwater. Just in the past two weeks I've ordered two items worth roughly $100. I kept one but returned the other.
"Would you like the extended warranty?" becomes....
"Would you like fries with that?"
Does anyone know what percentage of their guitar sales result in a return? I hear a lot of anecdotal information to the effect their return policy is a problem for their business, but I have never seen any information about how often such returns actually happen. And "once is enough" isn't an answer!
Read the article. Having information from one business unit helps them compete unfairly in others.
Article explains changing definition of monopoly and violation of anti trust.
I think its neither. I think the internet has just put a squeeze on every single brick and mortar retail business.
Not such a bad idea.
How can they survive?......when it’s “us” 300,000 + musicians and wanna-b’s alike are basically borrowing each other’s gear? And that’s just this forum alone !?
TGP, Reverb, Fleabay, Craigslist.....you name; it is our garage sale of 25-50% off of any retail guitar or amp the working, or day dreaming musician could ever need, or want.
Swapping, flipping and tripping over gear that’s really meant to outlast our lifetimes, and probably our children’s as well.
Folks, we have reached “guitar-a-thon” saturation overload in the music gear, lovers paradise.
It’s true and a sad reality that if your in the largest of company’s, with the most overhead.....have to Balance their books.....with the price of a new guitar or amp or whatever with a price tag that also could buy meat, for a family of four: for a year.....
yes, your in trouble.
I think I’d be lookin for a job at Reverb
Why all the dislike for Epiphone and Squire? I dislike most current stuff from them too. Just asking.
I have nothing against Squier........
It's that pesky Squire that I keep seeing people talk about that needs to go bye bye.