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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by therhodeo, Dec 30, 2013.
$82.99 on a 5 string set of Chromes.
dont remember the exact price but it was around $60 for a fender nps 5 string set. guess it pays to be the only store in town. not too mention trying to sell most everything else @ full retail.
gig in a small town years ago , I broke an E string and forgot my pack of freshies i had , left them at the house, 75 bucks for a set of 46-102 dean markley blue steels from a mom and pop music store in the middle of nowhere. bit my tongue and bought em , played for strings that night
I have to say, I haven't bought bass strings in ten years. I've boiled old sets twice and was given some once. I tend to dread getting new strings for both the price (i'm poor and 30$ is a bit of a hit on the wallet) AND the fact it takes like two months before they're usable tone wise. I need to buy some now though because i broke a string for the only time in 17 years of playing right before leaving for the holidays.
Did you ask them why they cost that much?
Wow, I thought I had this locked up until I looked at the posts so far. A couple of weeks ago I went into a store for flats. The only ones they had were Chromes (not my flat of choice). They were marked $52 and the guy offered to sell them to me for $40. Compare that to $25 from bassstringsonline, and it's pretty bad. But ya'll have me topped for sure.
Can't answer the OP but I just saw an ad here with someone asking $135 more for a used bass than I just bought it for brand new. And it wasn't any killer deal I got on it either. Was available to the whole world for the same as I paid. Just had to vent, and I know I can't do it in that thread, so I did it here . I'm going to start a personal list of people I will never buy from, and note why.
Many of these places will need to offer a lot to compete with the online options.
Back in the 70s bass strings could easily be $20 a pack. That was a lot of money back then.
On the contrary, one can at this very moment purchase a set of D'Addario EXL170BT Nickel Wound Strings for $ 12.99! Not bad for a quality product...
$59 for a set of DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams. When I told the clerk that I could get them for $30 at Guitar Center, he threw the package on the floor and said "Go to Guitar Center". That was 12 years ago and I have only been back to that store once since then.
I used to buy at a shop that had a deal where you had to buy the first set at nearly full price and your second set was a much much reduced priced and it worked out to where you got Musiciansfriend pricing but you had to buy 2 sets to get it. They were a great shop with great service so it never bothered me.
Was that the store out on the State Road? I think it might have closed by now?
Brick and mortar stores need to offer something you can't get online if they are to survive.
Throwing a pack of strings on the ground isn't going to cut it going forward.
It was Music Unlimited in Kingston, Mass. They recently closed the Hanover, Mass location.
I really thought I had this one in the bag until I saw this. That is crazy! A local place once had Ernie Ball regular nickles for $35 once. Honestly, looking at these other posts I'm no where near the top.
I once paid $45.00 for a set of nickel Lowriders, at a mom-n-pop shop. I knew I could get them cheaper elsewhere. I felt like I was helping keep the store open.
$109.99 for a set of La Bella Deep Talkin' Flats at a local store! I told the front counter guy that they were nuts for that price. He told me that he needed to reprice them to $84.99 because they've been sitting for a while.
They also wanted for a $64.99 for a 5 string set of DR High Beams.
Gouging on "incidentals" like strings and cables are a notorious way to boost store profits by exploiting people who need them right now.
126$ (CHF115.-) for a set of DR DDT (5 strings). I ended up buying them... but not in that shop
My local store sells daddario XLs (the only bass string they have) for 35$. LMAO.
I just payed 27$ for a set of Rotos at a different local store and I felt that was 7$ too high but I had a gift card for 30$.
Local guy here wanted $46 for DR high beams. Not happening.