Tagged or not?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by klaus486, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Large clearly marked tags?

    51 vote(s)
  2. Play it and sort out the rest later?

    4 vote(s)
  1. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    As you can see I work in a musical instrument retail store.

    I have a question - When you walk into a guitar store do you want to see large, clearly marked tags with Make, Model, and Price?

    Or do you want to just look at the basses, pick the one that appeals to you, play it and figure out the rest later?
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Clearly marked tags. I wouldn't want to feel like I was at an auto dealership.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Clearly marked tags.
  4. Chef FourString

    Chef FourString

    Feb 4, 2011
    Clearly marked tags, please.
  5. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012
    I HATE places that do not put price tags.

    There is a place around here like that and I don't shop there. Tired of trying to get a salesperson to price things for me. Just don't need the aggravation or wasted time.

    Don't the sales clerks get tired of hearing, really that much, it's way over my budget.
  6. throughthefire


    Oct 1, 2010
    If I have to ask, I can't afford it!

    At least with hang-tags, I know that I'll be in the right price range for my ability (about 0.02c, generally!)
  7. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
  8. James Judson

    James Judson

    Jul 16, 2009
    Largely doesn't matter cuz I shop on the internet then go to the local mom and pop store armed with that info.
  9. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    Very clear hang tags that are attached to either a tuning machine or the strings on the headstock. As much at that may seem like common sense to most, it's apparently lost on others.

    I've seen some shops that used price stickers on the body of the instrument. Really? Do I need to go on a scavenger hunt for the price? So now I have to get some goo-gone in order to clean up the residue from the price sticker. And this also doesn't tell me what model instrument I'm trying out.

    And then there's the tag that's attached to the strings over the fingerboard. WHY? It just causes buzz on the fingerboard, and I can't tell if it's the tag or a bad setup. Setups on stock instruments cost the dealer time and money.

    Other issues with tagging in stores? Put the instrument's year on the tag, too. This is more important with vintage and used instruments, obviously. But it's also helpful in letting a customer know that the dealer is showing off NOS (new old stock). Some customers want to know how long an instrument has been in stock and hanging in the store. Some manufacturers change features and options in different years. Case in point: Fender made a big shift in the construction of their American Standard series instruments in 2012. The finishes are a little thinner, and they're offering Fender Custom Shop pickups in their guitars and 4 string basses.
  10. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey
    Tags, without exception

    Maybe it's just my paranoia talking, but my gut feeling is that if a retailer refuses to publicly post a price for an item then they're too shady for me to trust 'em
  11. Gtripdub


    Jan 14, 2012
    tags with all info..thanks
  12. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I absolutely want to see clearly marked tags, or I'll be back out of the shop in seconds.

    My least favorite bit is when all of the "affordable" gear is clearly marked and the nicer gear is not. It makes me feel like the retailer wants to look you over and figure out how much they can get out of you.
  13. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Clearly tagged.
  14. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Ya know... When I'm trying out basses in a music store, every one always has the tag... until I find the one that I'm really interested in. It's always that ONE bass that has no price tag, and it drives me nuts!
  15. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Clearly marked tags, please. Preferably with a description that's complete enough to facilitate easy comparison of different instruments, e.g.:
    Scale length
    Active or passive
    Description of electronics if active
    String spacing at nut & bridge
    Wood species
    Mother's maiden name
    Shoe size
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Clearly marked tags. Nothing frustrates me more than when I walk into a music store and have to take a bass of the wall and inspect it in order to find out where the bass is made. This is especially true with Fenders. I only buy MIA and I would prefer to not have to take every Jazz and Precision off the wall to find out where it was made.

    Some store owners do not tag there instruments because it forces the potential buyer to speak with an employee. The feeling is that this allows the employee to interact with the customer and have a better chance of making the sale. If prices are clearly marked, there is a chance that the customer will walk out without ever speaking to a store employee.
  17. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Clearly marked tags facing forward. I like to see how much it's gonna cost me from 20 feet away.
  18. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Rickenbacker Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    Tags please.
    I won't shop at any kind of store where product prices are not clearly posted.
  19. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Clearly tags , you have to find more creative ways to mess with people than outright telling them you will be randomly selected to be screwed monetarily by omitting vitals.
  20. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    With HSC or gig bag

    I can figure the rest out