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03-12-2010 02:15 PM  8 years agoPost 1
ttsingram

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The local guitar shop had a big (yeah right) sale on a holiday recently. You could go on their website and look at the "deals" they had. The listing was actual guitars they had in stock. While browsing the list I found a Epiphone Les Paul listed retail for $1200 on sale for $600. Now this got my attention so I went to look. Sure enough the price tag said $600, but when you flip it over it was normaly $700. Not 50% off but only $100 off. The quoted "retail" was the suggested price from Epiphone. Now I know stores usually never sell at the suggested price but to say it was half off? To me that is pushing false advertising.

Then I stopped at another store to see what they could get it for. Guess what? Their normal price was the first store's sale price. HUH? I no longer go to the first store unless that's the only place I can get what I'm looking for.

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03-12-2010 02:59 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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I dont know of any store that dont quote the MSRP and then show the street price then they put on sale for lower then the street price. Like anything else you need to shop around. It is like with the evil empire here local (guitar center) I do not go in there unless it is a must. I also shop around too and find the lowest prices. I also take in a print out of Guitar centers price and they match it a lot of times they tr not to. Just all stuff you have to watch for be it guitars helis planes etc.

Also forgot to ad no I dont consider it false advertising. All they are doing is showing the MSRP.

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03-12-2010 03:20 PM  8 years agoPost 3
ttsingram

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Ha, I wasn't going to mention their name but since you did it was Guitar Center. I understand that they don't go by MSRP but to say it was 50% off when it was only $100? That is what got me upset. I thought I was going in for a great deal. Than when I found out their "sale" price matched everyone elses normal price, that's what put me over the top.

Although I did get a LP from a place I'm to embarrased to admit, what the hell, Best Buy. Hey, I figured a Epiphone was a Epiphone no matter where it came from. I did end up getting a $600 LP for $320. It's was $200 off, but they took it down because one of the tone pots was loose and the wire was broke. Nothing I couldn't fix huh?

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03-12-2010 03:27 PM  8 years agoPost 4
gian

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It's pushing it unless it was stated 50% off MSRP.
I will not shop at GC unless I absolutely have to.

Killer deal on your Best Buy Epiphone! (Another store that I avoid because of their "internet" pricing -vs- in-store prices)

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03-12-2010 03:41 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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I agree, I hate Best Buy. Not sure why I even went in there, but I'm glad I did that day.

Here's what I got, it's the Ultra, the picture is the Ultra II. The only difference is the II has a acoustic style pickup on the neck.

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05-12-2010 08:57 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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musicians friend
Guys hit up http://www.musiciansfriend.com They have great deals and all of the epiphone les pauls are less that 600 last time I looked. I have bought from them many times and thy are pretty good.

Eric

Marine Corps 98-06. Disabled veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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05-12-2010 12:48 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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Musician's Friend and Guitar center are one and the same for all practical purposes, both being owned by the same parent company.

One technique I've used to get better deals from Guitar Center is to go and check something out and then tell them I'm going to go home and buy it from Musician's Friend. Try that and see what they do for you.

As for MSRP for a musical instrument or accessory, I pay no attention to that. I try to be aware of the street price and then what I can save off of the going rate. In the 45 years I've been playing, I can't remember anyone trying to sell at MSRP. Well, yes I can. But they didn't stay in business too long.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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