Haggling for a 2010 Rickenbacker 4003

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JamMasterJR, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. JamMasterJR


    Dec 18, 2009
    Salinas, CA
    I'm finally able to afford a Rickenbacker 4003. My local music shop (which is an authorized Ric service center) will price match. That means that I can get that 2010 Ric 4003 (that's been sitting in the shop, unsold, for at least 5 months) for the same price as at MusiciansFriend. I played it in November and loved it. I really want it.

    I'm wondering what the profit margin on these basses is and how much I should offer for it. I'd like to calculate the depreciation but don't know if depreciation works on the only Ric for sale vs. standard depreciation for things like cars. They'll demand $1900-2000 (whatever MF is charging) but I'd like to pay closer to $1500-1600.

    Any suggestions on how to proceed?
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I really like every 2010 4003 that I have ever played. That being said whenever you buy a bass that has been in a music store for a while is have they neglected the setup. Is the neck still straight. A 4003 should be adjusted twice a year. Rarely when a Ric doesn't get that adjustment the neck will bow. Check the neck before you buy.

    They can still make a profit at $1600.

    Musicians friend is always having 15% off sales --- sometimes 10% to 12% --- so don't pay $1900 for a new Rick. Get at least $190 off the asking price.
  3. CrashCarlisle

    CrashCarlisle Guest

    Sep 13, 2011
    $1600 is a fair price. I'd offer less, because you can buy a brand spanking new, never touched by the 'unwashed masses' Ric for less than that.

    I got mine for $1519.00 + $49 Shipping. After I bought it, I received another email quote from another shop for $1499 with free shipping.

    MF wanted $1900, and that's with a discount.

    Edit: I didn't have pay sales tax and the Ric was properly setup when I received it.
  4. 1500-1600 is a fair price for a new Ric. 1900 plus that a lot of places charge is just robbery.
  5. JamMasterJR


    Dec 18, 2009
    Salinas, CA
    That's good to know. Say, where did you get the quotes? I can use that as ammunition.
  6. Sanchez83

    Sanchez83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2011
    Central Wisconsin
    Try www.northcoastmusic.com. $1519. Includes setup and case. Just got a quote from them, as Ive been fancying a 4003, myself.
  7. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    They're worth as much as someone will pay. If they sell @ $1900, how is that robbery?
  8. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Take your $1600 cash, flash it at them, and say "$1600 out the door".
    I bet they'll take it
  9. JamMasterJR


    Dec 18, 2009
    Salinas, CA
  10. Sanchez83

    Sanchez83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2011
    Central Wisconsin
    Happy to help. Best of luck to you!
  11. WalWarrior


    Mar 20, 2006
    MD suburbs
    I got my 4003 MB from MF last August when they had the rediculous sale for $1100.00 ( after coupon code )

    That was a heck of a deal. Good luck with the purchase!