GC (online) Used Bass Purchase: Test drive at store or home?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Queue, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. Queue

    Queue

    Jul 5, 2013
    DC Suburbs, USA
    (If you don't want all the background, skip ahead to the TL;DR.)
    I pulled the trigger on a used Fender Kingman V2 ABG. I'd been gassing for a while on getting one of these, as I wanted a short scale ABG, to match my shorty Jaguar. (Don't bother telling me I don't need an ABG, I have one that I use a lot, and this will be an upgrade in sound, and an alignment in scale length.) So, it seemed that just when I decided I wanted one, there was a big shortage of these things. My local brick and mortar (Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, Amazon, GC, MF, even Fender were out of the new ones, and most of the used ones I found online, when you factored in shipping and tax, would cost as much as new...

    Then last Thursday, I saw one pop up on GC's used site. After reading all sorts of horror stories about GC clerks listing things at lower prices to then pick them up for themselves, and other such shenanigans, I decided to just pull the trigger. It did come off the used listings (good sign), and a nebulous status change or two, but it didn't budge out of their store and into UPS's hands until today. There's now 14.6 pounds of box and bass making it's way to my local GC.

    Depending on how fast things move, I'll be picking it up later this week.

    TL;DR: I've paid for the bass already, on my credit card. Is there much sense in testing it out at the store vs. taking it home and running it through the paces in the comfort of my home, with my gear, and tools?
     
  2. Danny O Danny

    Danny O Danny Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Georgetown, TX
    I've done this a few times through GC. I open and inspect it at the store to make sure there's nothing significantly amiss, but then take it home to test in my own environment, through my own amp. And then if I'm unhappy, I take it back to the store and they process the refund there.
     
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  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    They have a very generous return policy (some might say too generous)
    But since it’s their policy, not yours, why not take it home and try it in the real world for a while to see if it works for you?

    you should at least inspect it at the store first just to make sure it’s not busted.
     
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  4. mrcbass

    mrcbass

    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    I would inspect and probably even plug it into something at the store (just to make sure it makes noise) and then having passed the most basic once over, take it home to my signal chain and environment for the complete test drive.
     
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  5. Queue

    Queue

    Jul 5, 2013
    DC Suburbs, USA
    I'm sure every store is different, but in your experience(s), they hadn't even opened the package prior to your arrival?
     
  6. Danny O Danny

    Danny O Danny Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Georgetown, TX
    Correct. In my experience they haven't opened the package prior to my coming to the store to pick it up.
     
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  7. Queue

    Queue

    Jul 5, 2013
    DC Suburbs, USA
    Thanks. That's cool, that way, I'll hang onto the box, in case I need to ship my old ABG to someone.