Antique store guitars are always a ripoff...

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  1. mikej89

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    At almost every antique store I've been to there's a vendor selling 10 year old starter pack guitars for $125-150 that are in kinda bad shape and don't come with the amp, cord, or strap from the starter pack lol :rolleyes:. These vendors know that old ladies shopping there won't know the difference and just will buy them on impulse because "oh, my grandson said he wants to learn guitar!" At the antique store I just visited same old thing. There's like a 15 year old lowest end Peavey Strat possible for $125 in kinda bad shape and on the tag says "comes with case". It's not a case it's a gig bag! :rolleyes: It's a guitar you'd be lucky to sell at a garage sale for $60 lol.
     
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    Maybe
    Another store
    Another state.....
     
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    If it's an old predator its worth every penny.
     
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    I find the term 'antique' is very broadly applied.
     
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    Estate sales are the same way. You think you're gonna get a bargain and everything's double what it should be.
     
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    I agree . Antique stores are ripoffs anyway . But they way over estimate those starter pack guitars.
     
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    The antique store formula usually is: check the obituaries, go to the house, identify the most valuable item in the house, offer the bereaved that number for the entire contents of the house.
    It's not nice.
     
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    I have frequented antique stores for decades at locations throughout much of the US. I rarely find anything above the level of someone else's junk. Every once in a while there is a rare gem. But the dealers are pretty savy and generally know what it is worth and charge quite a premium.

    To me, just a notch above pawn shops and used car dealers.
     
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    Some people believe everything old is Gold. It doesn't occur to them that just because a lot of today's stuff is garbage doesn't mean some stuff from yesterday year wasn't also garbage.
     
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    Antique stores in general are a ripoff.

    Found one with a polycarbonate traffic signal head for $500.
    At the time, You could buy it brand new from the manufacturer for $100.

    The old art-deco Crouse-Hinds with lever latches? Ya... they haven't made those in 75 years and even those only get $300 or so on ebay.

    It's rare that you'll find an "antique" dealer who doesn't know exactly what he has.
    And if you do find one, he thinks the item is worth 5-10x its true value.
     
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    Even vintage guitars.

    There may be a very good reason that mint 1957 is "virtually unplayed"... and it's not because Junior wasn't interested. That generation sold or traded what wasn't used.
     
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    This former antiques dealer is fascinated by the absolute assertions in this thread. The brush you're painting my trade with is so huge it must take all of you just to hold it and move it.

    I've been in fine books, primarily, for years and just paid serious money for a load of fine press from an estate executor. I also picked up some French cameo glass and American art pottery for my own household.

    I must be some kind of jerk, right? All antique dealers, you know...
     
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    Sorry, I’ve been dragged to antique stores and end up incredibly bored. Everyone seems to have one or two Gary Lewis and The Playboys albums in the sad stacks of LPs that are often displayed.
    However, as I was reading these posts, this song started playing in my mind.
    I thought I would share it with you. Hope you don’t mind.
     
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    For me, it was the local pawn shop. Near retail price for some pretty ragged used guitars, mostly Squiers and Epiphones. The problem is that Long&McQuade was right up the street back then. One could easily do as I did: pay a little more and buy shiny and new versions of those same guitars. Needless to say there is no longer a pawn shop in town. I think they priced themselves out of business.
     
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    Its hit or miss, and mostly miss. I get it, they're in *business*. They mark it for what they think will start a conversation, and will usually settle for half of that, perhaps a little more.
     
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    I didn't read all the comments.

    For my comment though, It's not to say there isn't awesome old stuff, I'm just saying not everything old is awesome by default.
     
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    Antique shops here always seem to have an old 3/4 size Woolworth's "Spanish guitar", occasionally it has string or two but usually not, leaning against the wall.
     
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    I read ( and I could check on Google to be sure but am too lazy right now) that “antique” is over 100 years old and valuable.
    Think you can find a 100 year old telecaster?
    On the other hand, recently I checked on a pawn shop’s website for a “project” guitar, saw a Squier Bullet for $200, it’s $240 brand new
     
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    nothing wrong with what you do, buy low, sell high to cover your business expenses and god forbid make yourself a profit for your work and time. No one is forced to sell to you or buy from you. If you didn't provide a service that people wanted, the free market would have kicked you out a long time ago...it's all good by me. :)
     
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