Gibson Online Store

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  1. StingyCH

    StingyCH The Bearded guy from Heidi land..

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    What's wrong with them? I paid the equivalent of 2180$ in Switzerland for my Classic (2018) which is around 120$ less..and taxes, CITES and all the bling bling included..this is foolish :confused:
     
  2. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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  3. Howard2k

    Howard2k Premium Member

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    Seconded.

    Kinda makes sense and it "legitimizes" the MSRP since now there actually IS someone selling at MSRP.
     
  4. KSG_Standard

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  5. Tone deaf

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    I would suspect that the distribution capability displayed in Gibby's online store is intended more for its abilities to be a backend than a front end. That is to say, with a robust e-retail capability (including inventory, fulfillment and distribution logistics), Gibson can provide retailers with a turn-key system to sell their guitars via the internet. This may actually allow Gibby to open up a few new sales channels. You come in through the retailers' websites and see "their" inventory when in fact it is Gibson's inventory. You buy it, retailer gets a piece and Gibby does the rest.
     
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  6. scooter500

    scooter500 Senior Member

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    I'm sure those more experienced in the way of LPs know a lot, lot more about the business end of Gibson than me, but in general I don't like to read complaints about Gibson. Just don't like it. Trashes their brand name IMHO.
     
  7. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason

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    The truth hurts.
     
  8. Buzzin_Cousin

    Buzzin_Cousin Senior Member

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    I guess it's time for me to devalue all those brands as well.
     
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  9. Buzzin_Cousin

    Buzzin_Cousin Senior Member

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    Yeah I was explaining the other Day to someone that buying a guitar is more like buying a car negotiate etc. then just a retail purchase.

    For a long while I thought the most guitar players had to be on forums at some point, probably not even close to being true .

    I wonder what percentage of the market is aware and knowledgeable .
     
  10. SpawnedX

    SpawnedX Senior Member

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    They are selling it at MSRP, it's for suckers. The rest of us know to contact our dealer and hammer out a deal, what's the real complaint here? Nothing has changed for us.
     
  11. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason

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    The rest of us smart people don't buy new.
     
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  12. Jackangus

    Jackangus Senior Member

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    Is this a joke?
    Gibson cut out the middle man and sell for the same price.
    That is pure greed. Gibson really must think we are really dumb.
    Can't help thinking it has something to do with quality control as well, if you can't see it and play it first, no chance of noticing any problems untill you get the guitar.
     
  13. Tone deaf

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    They can't offer the products at prices that beat their resellers. End of story. In fact, I am sure that there is a fair amount of ink in the contracts about minimum advertised/published prices. Gibson has to force its dealers to stay in line on this, for the protection of their other dealers. Guitar center can sell as Studio for $500, in the store. However, if they advertise that price, they will be in violation of their agreement with Gibby.

    Right now, nearly 100% of Gibby sales are through distributors. If they piss off all of their distributors (by undercutting them on price), they'd be screwed.

    Nobody with half a brain would pay MSRP. Retailers don't even try to charge that. I am certain that this online store is not intended to be a retail threat to Gibby's distributors. The only people, who I can think of, who would pay MSRP are foreign buyers who don't have any licensed dealers from whom they can buy Gibby products.
     
  14. Thumpalumpacus

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    Exactly. It's a conduit. Someone googles "Gibson Les Paul", gets Gibson's site, see the price, shops around ... buys a Les Paul.
     
  15. Mr Insane

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    I would never buy a guitar online unless I completely trust the seller's word.
     
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  16. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason

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    Me either, which means I would never buy a guitar online.
     
  17. Deadletteroffice

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    I've noticed interesting posts on their IG, pictures of racks of guitars saying things like "Yes, we have these guitars in stock and ready to ship, call your local retailer and request or order one today!"

    I wonder if they are having trouble in that regard. Maybe they have lost some retailers or retailers aren't bringing them in like they did in previous years? I have no idea. But I've seen several posts like that and the tone raises an eye brow.
     
  18. MikeyTheCat

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    Sometimes MLP is like watching a cat chase a laser dot.
     
  19. Tone deaf

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    I think that this is an attempt to level the playing field between all their retailers and Sweetwater/GC/Sam Ash and the like.
     
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    Malikon Henshin! V.I.P. Member

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