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Another example of GC idiocy...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hambone, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. I stumbled on this gem of a Jazz bass on the 'bay today...


    Must be a custom signature model - look at the number of frets and the stated playing condition. You can trust the boys at GC cuz they really know their basses! :rollno:

    Of course, I let them know of their error in my inimitable way :bag:
  2. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    "some minimal dents, dings and scratches"....

    Best joke ever! :D
  3. AuG


    May 22, 2005
    Fort Collins, CO
    That's quite the buckle rash on the back there. "Dents, Dings, and Scratches" indeed. :eyebrow:

  4. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    ja,ja,ja they are crazy heads,this is a trash bass :ninja:
  5. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    These guys always overprice and inadequately describe basses. Can't speak to guitars, but it seems to me that any bass they put on the 'bay is in "good condition" regardless of dings, scratches, missing pickups, stripped off paint, etc. I'd never buy anything from GC on Ebay. My '73 ran me $1350 from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, and is in much better shape than any of the Jazzes I've seen listed by GC on Ebay. As they always say, caveat emptor - buyer beware.
  6. MattFreemanRock


    Nov 30, 2002
    A few dings and scratches? I've never dinged a bass so hard that the neck pickup fell out :rollno:
  7. KSDbass


    Mar 25, 2005
    and it says in the title it comes with a case, but the description says it doesnt?
  8. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    That's why it's a free country and you can choose to buy it, or not.

    It's not like they are out to fool folks like that guy who was selling the custom Brice.
  9. The point here is if you buy expecting a case and don't get one, who's to blame? You for reading the text that says one comes with it and missing the text that says it doesn't or GC that put both in the auction? Or does ebay's seller policies spell out that a single picture negates the ad copy or vice versa?

    Sure buyer beware but it was still an idiot that wrote that auction copy. :D
  10. I called GC yesterday looking to see what kind of outboard preamps they had and nobody, not a single person, knew what an outboard preamp was. I kept getting "Is Outboard the company?" I just ended up walking the salesperson through searches on their computer.

    I also think it's funny how GC always says they close early because their employees need to get to their gigs. Ummmmmmm, yeah.
  11. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Yeah the guy who wrote the auction details up ought to be reprimanded. But as far as the confusion that conflicting details of condition and accessories might bring, I am sure that Guitar Center, big "household" name that they are, will make sure that the customer doesn't get the raw end of the deal. Especially in the age of instantaneous information dissemination when GC knows bad publicity will travel around the world in a few minutes.
  12. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    GC is just like Wal-Mart. The cheap prices come at a price (oops, bad pun).
  13. Rope


    May 27, 2003
    Essexville, MI
    I just found out today that Instrument Exchange is a sister company / subsidiary of Golf Club Exchange. These guys are notorius on the club side for practices that border on scam. Months to get checks or credit. Very liberal descriptions, etc.

    Now that I know this, I will avoid them like the plague.
  14. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
  15. Well sure, he says it's a Euro in the title but the description says it's from Korea.

    This Chris dufus doesn't proof his own copy.

    And Syci, you're right - GC would probably tweak the deal eventually since it's an internet thing. If you bought it over the counter it might be a different story.
  16. kaizer4400


    Jun 12, 2005
    I tend to like GC. Especially since I can order almost any piece of gear I want and purchase it at cost... In other words I work there.

    They just hire "salesmen" and not "specialists."
  17. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    gc is a pretty scummy place. i was in the middle of trying to buy this SWR combo a few years back, and as i was trying to talk the guy down, they sold the one amp out from under me and told me i could take the floor model. I believe my exact words were, "go see where u gotta go ::grabs testicles::"
  18. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    that's a nice neck pickup that thing has. :eyebrow:
  19. :bassist: I hate how they work their trade in values. A salesman once told me that they buy used equipment for excatly half the price they will sell it. In other words, If my the list on my Stingray is 1600, and used its worth 850-950, then the most they will give me toward a trade is 475. Thats barely 25%. Thats worse then most of the pawn shops around here. What a joke. :bassist:
  20. rojo412

    rojo412 Walnut is fun! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    GC used to pay me. They used to like the fact that I knew my stuff. Then, they went Wal-Mart style, fired me, rehired a gigantic string of morons because they were willing to get pumped up the back door and take it for a month, etc.

    Point is, they are to guitars what Mc Donalds is to five star cuisine. If you expect to go to GC and be looked at as a musician, treated like a pro, you are in the wrong store. In fact, the GC business practices are similar to Mc D's:
    1) Pay minimum wage to whoever wants the job
    2) Train them to use the register
    3) Replace them if they start to stray from the brainwashing.

    I'm not going to say that there aren't a few exceptions to the rule. But for the most part, they are a business, they advertise to sell, they look at money coming in and going out and change staff as needed. They don't like musicians working there. Musicians tend to think for themselves, they have commitments to a band, maybe a wife. They know gear and play it to learn what it does and how it will affect things. They don't want that. They want an 18 year old kid who never went to college. They want him to do what they say, they want him to spit back corporate jargon (ABC- Always Be Closing; If there's time to lean, there's time to clean; there are more), and they want him to do just well enough not to get fired, but not well enough to get a raise.

    Think I'm wrong? I was there, man! They care about the bottom line. Office Max, Starbucks, McD's, and GC are all the same place, just with different slop to serve to the masses. They have a corporate-sponsored "We Care" attitude, they have the same training video that teaches you how to do your job.

    ... But on the plus side, they take used gear in sometimes that IS what it claims to be, then price it all wrong (too low, I mean), so people who know their shizzle can get the hookup.

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