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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by paruwi, Jan 26, 2018.
I'm not "good enough" for Gibson. Neither is my wallet.
Oh the shame.
It's kind of a "standard" (pun!) in business that you don't sell direct if you have distributors.
You protect your distributors and help them sell and they protect you and help you sell.
Such a simple concept.
The only thing we don't know from the site,
when you exit with your "cart", is the order forwarded to a local nearby distributor
that gets the order (and money) and ships the guitar and applies the warranty?
That could work.
Been saying it for 3 years now..
They want to be Apple, problem is Henry is no Steve Jobs...sure he’s got the arrogance, the lack of personality and the never ending ability to blame others for his failed ideas...he just is missing the genius gene.
They will likely move more and more to “standards” in the chains/web and “dealer specials” in the one store operation to allow them to compete.
A lot of businesses are facing the problem with a good number of customers wanting to buy direct/online but having a much needed brick and mortar presence as well. It gets worse when you have customers who want to do returns of the stuff they bought online at a store, which the store managers and employees just hate. We're going through that now and it's tough to find the right balance.
I waited for my guitar for quite a while because Sweetwater was rejecting ones that were less than perfect from the factory.
Now there's no middle man to check quality for newbies like me.
I think Sweetwater (and certain other stores) add a valuable service just by checking the guitars out before they accept them.
Since the big tax cut perhaps prices will drop on 2019.
But But FREE SHIPPING
Damn, I've had the itch for the new design EB five skrang bass... Even though I could buy from different places for $899, I could buy it direct from Gib for $1209!
Hell yeah, Rusty! Damn right!
I could tell folks I don't buy them cheap ass Gibsons from dealers, I buy the more expensive ones direct from Gib...
They mo better cause they costes mo...
Folks will be mo impressed then cause I paid mo....
No cheap stuff for me... Nawt!
Only the damn best for me.... Hell yeah, Rusty!
Still $500 all day long here,
In 2012, the Faded Studio sold for $999 on MF and GC with a hard case. Not seeing much inflation over the past 5 years, in fact the 2018 is now listed for $ $989. Can someone explain this?
Idk, the most I ever saw them list for in 2012 was $800. I remember that because I wanted one. But in reality they sold for about $600.
I remember because it was only $100. more than the Epiphone Standard which was around $499.
I never saw a Faded Brown Studio list for $999. in 2012 or I wouldn't have been looking at them.
Even the "fancy" tributes (50's and 60's) I think were around $850. ? ...and they actually had paint on them.
Could probably always dig up some old MLP posts from 2012 and see what people paid for them. Idk, maybe I'm wrong and misremembering.
..I still want a brown 2012 Faded Studio though. With the burstbuckers, trap inlays, reflector knobs, black guard, and traditional tuners.
Damn she was a nice guitar. Wish I'd gotten her.
I know I see $1,500. guitars on Sweetwater, and if you call them you can get those guitars for about $1,200.
guitars and MSRP are funny things. Different things for different people it would seem.
This will not end well.
I've got a blue faded Studio in about 2012. I paid $600 for it used, which was about $150-200 less than the going rate then.
Thank God for Reverb.best instrument buying website out there.
How to remove the QA rejections ... sell them direct!
Dunno why everyone is so surprised that a manufacturer is selling their goods at MSRP on their own site. Every big company does that, Apple, Google etc , you can't undercut your dealers otherwise they'd stock someone else's product.
It's more there to advertise your wares and pick up the odd fool who's happy to pay full price thinking they're getting better quality direct. They may well have clearance sales but I'd be surprised if they ever sell below MSRP for current stock.
I'd be surprised if they sell any guitar at all
and I hope some more dealers show them their opinion...