Close-out Deals on Markbass at GC

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Fender4Me, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    I was in my local GC today and they were closing out most of the Markbass stuff. I got a 2x6 combo for $495.00, regularily $849.00. I dont know if they are moving last years inventory or what but, it might be worth checking out.
  2. brotherbassj


    Sep 20, 2008
    Jim Dunlop USA, King Kong Cases, Golden Eagle Energy Drink
    I have not seen this in VA and I know the store manager and have asked. I do not understand how these Gc's work. One store will blow out items that another would not think about letting go at even 10% off. Can anyone explain that? I know there are parameters that each store has to follow as they are a chain.........
  3. pringlw

    pringlw Guest

    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    I checked my local GC (South Bend Indiana) and they have great deals on the huge cabinets (6X10s for $550) but its pretty much regular prices for those of us who aren't filling arenas.
  4. stingray56funk


    Feb 16, 2005
    Hmmm...I'll have to check my local GC and find out.
  5. thudfromafar


    Dec 12, 2007
    i assume because some stores could sell those items more easily without dropping the price. depends on the demand in a particular location.
  6. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    It's extremely complicated, assuming the process is still the same as it was when it was explained to me by a store manager a couple of years ago (pre-Bain). It has to do with sale discount "allowances" of a certain fixed dollar amount on certain brands of gear which vary from store to store, but which allow the local managers to apply them largely as they see fit, particularly on discontinued or stale stock.

    That's a vast oversimplification. Policies may have changed.
  7. markbass is discontinuing the 6 x 10 cabinets, it is shown clearly on their website ( that might explain the aggressive pricing at least on the 6 x 10.
  8. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    They had the 1x15 cab marked down too.
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    This past Saturday I bought a F1 head for $499. I am assuming this is because of the imminent arrival of the F500 so the F1 is possibly being closed out/discontinued. Fine by me, as I think the F500's control layout is more cluttered than need be. The F1 is an amazing little amp, although it does sound virtually the same as my LM II. I may off the LM II or keep it and run my Rickenbackers in stereo.
  10. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn Guest

    Mar 25, 2006
    Dunno about GC sometimes ...

    Picked up another new Mark Bass LM II at a price you don't even want to know the other day.
    I honestly don't think the sales guy knew what it was.


    ;) ... Just gonna keep it in my office for testing cabs
  11. jschall84


    Mar 14, 2007
    fort wayne, in
    Bad MammaJamma
    that is pretty much it, but way deeper. All products have a code associated with it.
    A is always stacked in all stores
    C is not going to carry (might be discontinuing soon)
    D is discontinued
    Y is special order only
    H is select stores only
    and so on
    Im guessing the Mark Bass stuff is H coded or the like. Only the big stores are going to carry them. If a smaller store sells off there stock, they get something else that they can sell better.
    What a mess. glad i dont work there anymore.
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I must live near a really slammed GC because I never see sales like that. Best deal I ever saw there was a blizzard pearl AmStd Jazz for $600. Would have bought it if it wasn't too heavy for my shoulder. It was a sweet bass...just needed a setup.
  13. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    One thing that people might be interested to know about GC's decision to pick up MarkBass stuff is that GC likes it because it tends to be small compared to other brands.

    One reason they dumped SWR is that it tends to be big. They started dropping SWR upper-end stuff several years ago simply because it had a big footprint and didn't turn over quickly enough because it was too expensive. I got a new Black Beauty for nearly 70% off just because they discontinued carrying the Professional Series combos as having a poor footprint/turnover ratio.

    Space is gold at GC. :meh:
  14. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    My guy there once ran me through this, but I've forgotten most of it. There was an X code and something else that turned up on sale stuff...I can't remember.
    The hearing loss alone would be prodigious. I never understood how come nobody ever ran some OSHA beef with them over sustained SPLs without industrial hearing protection.:meh:
  15. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    I got that amp at gc hollywood for 650 on july 4th, I thought that was a pretty good deal. This is much better :)

    So then, it doesn't seem like gc is dropping them then?
  16. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I haven't seen any blow out deals at the local GC in Maryland.
    Could it be the high volume stores don't need to have aggressive sales?
  17. +1 I assume these deals are for 'in stock' stuff. Many stores will blow out any gear that's been on the floor for a while (and similar models that are sitting in the back room), especially right at the end of their fiscal year and prior to NAMM.

    As is often the case, you can get real deals if you want something that most others don't in those particular stores!
  18. stingray56funk


    Feb 16, 2005
    No blow out gear at GC in Birmingham, AL. Did get a confirmation that stores across the chain were blowing out the TA501 for $494.99 and that many were NIB.
  19. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I saw a Classic 300 head for $999. Too heavy for me.
  20. stingray56funk


    Feb 16, 2005
    WHAT??? Now that seems like a smokin' good deal!:hyper: