- Mar 10, 2009
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I think Henry J. is spot on. I honestly dont understand what any of you have to bitch about. As near as I can tell, your complaint with Gibson on this issue is that Gibson requires terms with their dealers that are relatively hard for small shops to meet.
I strongly suspect that if Gibson provided the best possible terms for these small shops, in the end it wont make any difference. Virtually every type of retail shopping has now been overtaken by large nationwide retailers. Obviously, it doesnt hurt to carry a major guitar line like Gibson, but if a shop is going under, its going under with or without them.
Im repeating Henry in saying this, but the problem is the customer. While some, maybe many, on this forum would choose to spend more and buy from a small shop, the reality is most general customers wont. Id bet there are actually quite a few on this forum who have gone to a local shop, tried out equipment, and then went online to find it for the lowest possible price.
In the end, most consumers simply are not willing to pay for the type of service a small shop could provide. If its not in Gibsons best interest to work with these small shops, then why should they? And certainly, why is that a reason to act as if Gibson/Henry J. has somehow personally affronted you.
Sadly, there is so much truth to this its painful. I don't know if going back to Mom and Pop's would help or not.
To me the internet has been about 50% of killing the small retailer. So many people will opt to save 30 bucks and buy it online instead of supporting local business.
The one saving grace is there are a lot of people who want to "run the racks" so to speak with guitars... that helps. The smart shop owners are picking up smaller boutique brands to fill the void like crazy.
The one thing Gibson might not realize is this: this is simply the best time ever to be a guitar player. There are dozens, hundreds maybe even thousands of absolutely fantastic brands, styles and types of guitars out there. So much quality compared to even 10 years ago that Gibson is simply going to keep helping the little guy stay in business.
And as one of those little guys, I say Thank You.