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Trading Spector for Music Man ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by David-Adler, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    Hey I´ve got a question,

    I have the opportunity to get a new Spector NS4CR for about $650 (special deal).

    Do you think my music store (where the same bass costs about $1800 (list price) ) will accept the bass for a Stingray 5er they have (Black / Black PG / Maple FGB) ?

    Would be nice to hear some opinions !

  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Not liking the 5 string?

    I think the store will do it. Both great bases.

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  3. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    Nino, look:

    Regular Price for NS4CR: about $800
    Regular Price for NS5CR: about $900

    But the NS4CR is on sale for $600. Remember: NEW, 2001 Edition NS4CR !

  4. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    My take is that stores normally don't do a deal unless they are going to make out on both ends. If they know you'd rather have the Ray, they may hold out on you.

    If you give them a bass for $650 and ask for $1,800 store credit I don't think they'd go for it. From their perspective, you are asking them to give you a Ray for $650. They may mark the Spector up for you and give $1,000. It depends, how much are they asking for the Ray? They'd also want all the papers on the Sepctor (make sure it didn't "fall off a truck").

    I'd bring it to them and ask them what they'd offer in trade without mentioning the MM. Then bargain around toward it. Good luck.
  5. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    I´ve got a plan for that.

    The store sells the spector for approx. $1500, maybe $1650. And the music man goes for $1300. As the used spector is as-new they can easily give it over to the new section. And sell it for $1500.

    But if they don´t give me a Ray, I´d try to get another bass that is handmade by a manufacturer over here. Price would be about $1250, so that would give them even more winnings.

  6. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    My experience has been that stores generally don't like even-steven trades, unless they stand to make out huge on resale.

    Stores still have to pay overhead, and will need cash to boot on any trade that is between somewhat comparable instruments, just to stay in business. They might even need more cash than the trade is worth to offset the "risk" involved of having inventory that it might take 'em a while to sell.

    You could try it, but expect that the store requires a substantial amount of cash outlay. If you're prepared for this, then follow your gut.:)
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm alittle confused :confused:. It dosen't take much (LOL)

    You want to buy a NS-4 CR <i>then</i> trade it for a StingRay 5?

    If that's the case, I don't think the store will do it. The SR5 sells for about $1300. The list price for a NS-4CR is $1999.99. If they give you an even trade, the store will lose in the long run.

    1-No matter what condition the NS-4 CR is in, it's still a used bass w/NO WARRANTY.

    2-He will be paying more for your NS-4 than if he were to buy one direct from Spector. Usually dealers get basses 50% off list, depending on the disccount they get from Spector.

    IME from being guitar dept. manager @ Sam Ash, the store will probably give you about $550 for the NS-4 & try to sell it for about $900-1000.
  8. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I came in to say somthing similar

    Stores normally sell sh stuff between 1/2 and 3/4 new and give 2/3 of that price to the trader. Which approx agrees with Nino (my guess is 600 not 550 but its near enough).

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