Over the last few months I've been noticing that when I go into Guitar Center and take a bass off of the "hook rack", there seems to be various dents - or greater damage - around the neck of the instrument close to the nut. After closer inspection, a lot of the padded hooks that are used for hanging the basses are no longer padded. It seems that the padding has been worn and/or torn off entirely and the basses are being hung on the racks on bare metal hooks. I've pointed this out on numerous occasions and get the general response of "we'll have someone look into that". Some of the more expensive basses, I noticed, had extra cloth wrapped around the worn-out hooks. This tells me they already knew about the problem to begin with. Today there were 2 basses that I played and really liked, but they had more than a moderate amount of damage to the neck because of the hooks. It would make way more sense for me to buy these from an online retailer - someone like Sweetwater - where the damage is less likely and won't affect the resale value of the instrument as much when I, inevitably, decide to sell it myself. Or, of course, try to find it at a local shop like Corner or Eastside music supply (where I've never seen any issue like this before). However, the local guys rarely have the same selection in stock. Is this just a local phenomenon, or have some of you noticed the same thing? It's really a shame because they are damaging some otherwise very nice instruments.