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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by BillyK, Mar 5, 2018.
Just wanted to know what the typical discount is on PRS guitars.
I would assume it totally depends on the dealer. Some are much easier to work with and some have no interest in coming down from their advertised price.
That's in-line with my experience. My son bought a PRS years back and the dealer would not budge from full price. I am interested in getting a PRS now, and some informal online research shows that some dealers go to 30%+ range, but I wanted to hear from fellow forumites.
So - dealer-dependent. Got it.
Check Brians guitars, Moore music Guitars, Willcutts.
That'll give you a pretty fair idea.
Make sure you are very clear that you are looking to buy and that you are set on the best deal.
You must be willing to walk.
You must tell the “full price only” dealer that you are still buying...but that you’re just not buying from him. And you must tell him why.
Start calling the big guys and let them know what you’re looking for.
Agree that's fair advice. I wasn't looking to spend 10-top money, but ended up getting one at the MAP price of a non-10, about 14% savings off MAP in this case, because I let them know I was also going to check out a non-10 of the same model/color at another dealer. I was being truthful and they smartly made the deal with me before I got off the phone.
Where they can get you by the short hairs is if it's something unique that can't be easily found elsewhere or if you're not willing to buy sight unseen from a dealer in another area.
To get 30% off, you're probably looking at a PRS that's been in stock for a good while.
20% off is pretty common (as long as you're not trying to do interest-free financing).
I got 20% off my 594 at MF a little over a year ago. 8% rewards on top of that...
Do places really care about how you finance anymore? I always negotiate a price before paying and no one has ever tried to rescind an offer if I chose to pay using their x months, 0% interest financing (which I usually do).
With 0% financing, the store has to pay the lender.
Thus, their margin is smaller... which will affect the discount.
Just email to a bunch of dealers and see who gives you the best answer.
If you are in MD, go to chuck levins. I bought my first PRS there in 1988 and they still have one of the largest selections in the country. They will also be very fair on price.
FWIW, I tried this negotiating tactic recently and the dealer told me they actually get a commission for intros to the finance provider, so it didn’t affect his offer. ♂️
PRS used to be really hard to get a deal on. My last three were this simple: asked what the best they could do on X was. In one case it was a 2 year old NOS artist that had been sitting around getting price dropped to death. I got 10% off the already price dropped price- which I imagine is pretty close to giving it away for PRS price. However, I mostly see dealers being willing to go around 10% off.
Thanks for the advice/insights!
FWIW, Finance companies aren't lending money at zero profit.
When lending for 1-4 years 0% interest, the profit has to come from the seller.
Moore Music has some great close-out deals on PRS guitars that have been around for a while.
That would entirely depend on the dealer, and what kind of deal they've got going on with the lender. I can tell you in most cases the dealer is still paying the lender something in order to offer that deal.
Sweetwater will deal on PRS