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Most ridiculous price you've seen on strings in a store?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by therhodeo, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    $82.99 on a 5 string set of Chromes. :eek:
  2. lazarusdoom


    Apr 16, 2013
    meridian ms
    dont remember the exact price but it was around $60 for a fender nps 5 string set. guess it pays to be the only store in town. not too mention trying to sell most everything else @ full retail. :rollno:
  3. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    gig in a small town years ago , I broke an E string and forgot my pack of freshies i had , left them at the house, 75 bucks for a set of 46-102 dean markley blue steels from a mom and pop music store in the middle of nowhere. bit my tongue and bought em , played for strings that night
  4. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada

    I have to say, I haven't bought bass strings in ten years. I've boiled old sets twice and was given some once. I tend to dread getting new strings for both the price (i'm poor and 30$ is a bit of a hit on the wallet) AND the fact it takes like two months before they're usable tone wise. I need to buy some now though because i broke a string for the only time in 17 years of playing right before leaving for the holidays.
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  6. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Did you ask them why they cost that much?
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Wow, I thought I had this locked up until I looked at the posts so far. A couple of weeks ago I went into a store for flats. The only ones they had were Chromes (not my flat of choice). They were marked $52 and the guy offered to sell them to me for $40. Compare that to $25 from bassstringsonline, and it's pretty bad. But ya'll have me topped for sure.
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Can't answer the OP but I just saw an ad here with someone asking $135 more for a used bass than I just bought it for brand new. And it wasn't any killer deal I got on it either. Was available to the whole world for the same as I paid. Just had to vent, and I know I can't do it in that thread, so I did it here :). I'm going to start a personal list of people I will never buy from, and note why.
  9. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Many of these places will need to offer a lot to compete with the online options.

    Back in the 70s bass strings could easily be $20 a pack. That was a lot of money back then.
  10. Zenon


    Dec 27, 2013
    On the contrary, one can at this very moment purchase a set of D'Addario EXL170BT Nickel Wound Strings for $ 12.99! Not bad for a quality product...
  11. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    $59 for a set of DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams. When I told the clerk that I could get them for $30 at Guitar Center, he threw the package on the floor and said "Go to Guitar Center". That was 12 years ago and I have only been back to that store once since then.
  12. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    I used to buy at a shop that had a deal where you had to buy the first set at nearly full price and your second set was a much much reduced priced and it worked out to where you got Musiciansfriend pricing but you had to buy 2 sets to get it. They were a great shop with great service so it never bothered me.
  13. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Was that the store out on the State Road? I think it might have closed by now?

    Brick and mortar stores need to offer something you can't get online if they are to survive.

    Throwing a pack of strings on the ground isn't going to cut it going forward.
  14. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    It was Music Unlimited in Kingston, Mass. They recently closed the Hanover, Mass location.
  15. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    I really thought I had this one in the bag until I saw this. That is crazy! A local place once had Ernie Ball regular nickles for $35 once. Honestly, looking at these other posts I'm no where near the top.
  16. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    I once paid $45.00 for a set of nickel Lowriders, at a mom-n-pop shop. I knew I could get them cheaper elsewhere. I felt like I was helping keep the store open.
  17. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    $109.99 for a set of La Bella Deep Talkin' Flats at a local store! I told the front counter guy that they were nuts for that price. He told me that he needed to reprice them to $84.99 because they've been sitting for a while.

    They also wanted for a $64.99 for a 5 string set of DR High Beams.
  18. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Gouging on "incidentals" like strings and cables are a notorious way to boost store profits by exploiting people who need them right now.
  19. djaydjay


    Mar 14, 2010
    126$ (CHF115.-) for a set of DR DDT (5 strings). I ended up buying them... but not in that shop :p
  20. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    My local store sells daddario XLs (the only bass string they have) for 35$. LMAO.

    I just payed 27$ for a set of Rotos at a different local store and I felt that was 7$ too high but I had a gift card for 30$.
  21. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    Local guy here wanted $46 for DR high beams. Not happening.

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