reposted (I put in misc, but realized not really music related, so I'm trying OT) Okay, if I walked onto a car lot and looked at a used car, liked it, asked the salesmen "how much?" and then without any further negotion paid exactly what he had asked - well, I'd be a fool. But if I went into the grocery store and asked "how much for the laundry soap" and was told that it was just over five dollars, well I'd be a jerk to offer them $4.50 for it. I've seen pricing at music store vary, and I'm sure their policies do to. I used to buy strings at a shop that asked an outragous price - but if you tell them that you are a student, you get two for the price of one. My buddy is always getting "deals" from the owner of his local music shop. I'm wondering - If I see something that I want, like a used bass head, at a place like Bass Northwest is it normal / reasonable to "make an offer" or do they expect to get the marked price. I really just don't know how it normally works.