Will or can Guitar Center negotiate on used basses?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Direct Box Rox, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    I know a lot of stores will - but wasn't sure what GC's track record is with negotiating. Or is the price you see on their website the absolute final price on used basses? Thanks :)
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  2. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I have never paid asking price on any used bass I've ever purchased, whether it was from a pawn shop, Reverb, Craigslist, eBay, or any music store. Call them, be nice, don't demand a lower price and don't insult them with an offer that sucks.
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  3. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Generally no, but that doesn’t mean they won’t.
  4. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    End of the month is the best time to negotiate for anything. Many types of stores will do almost anything to goose up the months talley’s.
  5. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    I've only negotiated in store on used gear at GC. This was a long time ago.
  6. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    ^^This^^ The website should say what store the item in question is located. Call that store directly, & just avoid the website.
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  7. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Nice. Kinda the same w/ cars.
  8. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Depends on the store.
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  9. comatosedragon

    comatosedragon Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2014
    Rockingham VA {616}
    Slight Segue --

    Why are Cars, Guitars, and Kirby Vacuum Cleaners the only items which are socially acceptable items for bargaining? I truly do not understand. If I see a price listed on something (at a store); that's what that item costs. IMHO it is crass to try to pay less.
  10. What guitars and cars have in common is that there are contracted producers and dealers. This fosters a bargaining atmosphere as often dealers want to unload inventory, but are prohibited from advertising below a certain price.

    Bargaining is less common at instrument dealers than it is at car dealers, of course.

    Anyway, you can definitely negotiate with GC for used gear. They may not always be willing to. Basically, they’re a network of stores owned by one company, so there’s not a huge incentive to lower the price when they have a website that lists everything.

    Its much easier to negotiate on new gear as they’re always trying desperately to move inventory.
  11. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Yes, this; be reasonable and patient. Usually the bass has to be on the wall a month or so, and then you have leverage. They told me no because it had been there less than two weeks, the next week I called back during a sale and they worked with me.
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  12. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Ooo, good point. I bought a Jaco awhile back & asked if they were firm on the price, seeing as how I had dropped about $1500 there within the previous month. They didn't budge a penny, saying "it's only been on the wall for 4 days".
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  13. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    I agree. However, if a store will negotiate - I'm sure as heck going to attempt to. Check this out; in 2005 we bought a house & I was drooling over a flat screen. At the time, these were the TV's that had some depth to them - so they couldn't be hung on a wall. You had to put it on a little table or something. So I did my research and decided on this one specific Hitachi 42" 720p TV. The day came where I was going to be able to purchase it - in the Pacific Northwest there is a chain of stores called Video Only (which negotiate but I'm sure not every single person that goes in the store realizes that). So I find the Hitachi TV in the store and it's got a giant price tag on it - $2499. I tell the guy I'm willing to buy it right now - not tomorrow or next weekend or whatever - but right now & ask him what kind of deal can he make me. He disappears for a few minutes and comes back with $1995. I said great - here's my credit card (and because it was in Oregon - there is no sales tax). So they loaded it in the back of my truck and I drove it back to Seattle. Anyway - imagine if I didn't know that they negotiate and paid the $2499 price? I was glad they negotiate and glad that I saved $500.
  14. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    As someone who's worked in a retail(ish) position for the last 5 years, you'd be amazed at the percentage of customers who try to negotiate! :D:D At least 50% ask if we offer a discount of some sort (we do for military members).

    My dad is the KING! He's gotten a "good-looking guy" discount...because he asked for it! :roflmao: He can be quite charming, which is good. Because we're of German heritage. We have to have something to attract the ladies! :D
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  15. bassbones2

    bassbones2 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Nicholasville Kentucky
    For used gear, it all hinges on what they paid for it....once they hit a certain point, it won’t go any lower

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  16. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    Real Estate also.

    But I hear you. In every one of those transactions, which should be personality type neutral, you come away with the item plus the label of a chump or ball breaker, both being disparaging.

    Some cultures have it so everything is negotiatiated, I mean everything. It’s called haggling, and to not engage in it and pay what’s listed is considered insulting and a cultural offense.

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  17. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    I’ve had them discount to include tax, or toss in a set of stings or a cable. Depends on the store and the item.
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  18. Ellery


    Mar 25, 2015
    Same here I've done retail & wholesale for way more than 5 years and people always ask for discounts. Never hurts to ask, but for those who are aggressive or insulting I do not play. Also people will lie through their teeth, even ones who obviously have money. Someone is nice about it I'll gladly hook them up, make the transaction good for everybody.
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  19. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    TOTALLY agree! The amount of your discount is in direct correlation to your attitude!
  20. PDGood


    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I've bought six or seven used basses from GC. I've tried to negotiate but consistently received the answer that GC does not negotiate on used gear. I've heard that from different stores in different parts of the country multiple times and always the same answer. What they do instead is drop the price the longer they have it - or at least, that's what they claim.

    They've actually been very inconsistent about when the price drop occurs. It fluctuates a great deal.
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