Not listing prices....Grrr

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  1. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    I have two vintage guitar shops in my home town that don't show prices on their displayed instruments.

    One even has the nerve to say, if you ask for a price, "what do you think it's worth?"

    Then I see store listings in magazines - some have a bunch of stuff saying "enquire for price." Some have no prices, just "in stock now."

    So what's the logic?

    I for one, flat walk away from any shop that behaves like that. I don't enquire for price. I don't proffer an opinion of what I think it's worth.

    I sense with my local shops that they size you up when you walk in the door by what you're wearing or what you appear to know about guitars.

    Totally hate it! Just give me the price buddy!!

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    I assume that the logic is that if you need to ask the price, you probably can't afford it. It's arrogant, stupid & elitist. And it's annoying - I'm with you all the way on this one
     
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    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    Pet peeve of mine. When a store doesn't price things, I usually walk right back out the door.
    If you want to sell it, put a price on it. The "esoteric appeal" of no pricetag is far outweighed by
    how many potential customers you are straight up pissing off.

    One other thing you can do, is walk in, when you have the time, call the clerk over, and ask
    "How much is this one ?" , And do it, for every item in the store.
     
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    Some of you are talking about no price tickets on items in a shop. That's bad enough. But what used to amaze me (in the days before the interwebs) is when guitar shops took out full page ads in magazines, listed what they may or may not have had in stock, & then instructed you to phone them to find out the price.

    Thank you but no - if you can't be bothered, neither can I...
     
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  6. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Exactly. What was the shop thinking as I phoned them? Would it be more expensive than I expected, or less expensive? Of course it would be more expensive. Much more expensive. And now they had me on the phone, they were about to justify that "more expensive" and some how bring me around...

    Yeah, nah.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    The correct answer would be: How about free?

    Seriously, that is crap. They don't price their guitars, because they are hoping that uneducated buyers will offer more than the market value. I would be lowballing them to death.
     
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    Hang in there, they'll be sniffling and pouting like toddlers soon, unable to compete with "the big guys", then they'll be a memory.

    rct
     
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    You have two vintage guitar shops in your home town?

     
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    On a couple of buy/sell guitar groups on FB that I'm a member of, it's increasingly popular for vendors to put 'EOI' instead of a price. Along with some nauseating spiel about how this is the nicest strat/tele/LP they have ever played and they would be quite happy to keep it. At least one of the groups has now made it a rule banning EOIs - you're either selling or you ain't, and if you are, then put a bloody price on it.

    The true idiots put 'EOI' and also a price!
     
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    The classic retail rule is unpriced articles are overpriced in the mind of a customer and never sell. So no pricing is the dumbest of retail tactics.
     
  12. nutball73

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    I had a similar problem yesterday when I enquired after a bike for sale by phone. I asked (a dealer) what he required for me to test ride, and he replied "no test rides, sorry mate."

    He then went on to explain how he didn't want to get "into it" if I crashed the bike, etc.

    I asked how I was expected to find out if the clutch and gearbox were OK, and if the frame was straight, but he wouldn't budge. As if I'd spend 6 grand on a motorcycle without riding it?

    I didn't bother to explain I'm 61, have been riding for 45 years and am an ex motorcycle journalist. He just lost a sale...
     
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    WTF is 'EOI'?
     
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    I went into an extremely popular, leather be-decked American motorcycle dealership with cash in hand...to order the bike I wanted. After a brief discussion with the salesperson, I said "ok, how much will it be". He says "if you have to ask, you can't afford it", then stands there grinning. I waited...nothing. I waited a little more...awkward. So, I nodded and left. Never bought one...have had two nice Italian bikes since:thumb:.
     
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    I agree...enough with all the stinking abbreviations; we've got nothing but time these days, just spell it out.
    #Laziness
     
  16. stratfanGB

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    I had to look it up:

    Expressions of Interest

    A third option to selling is to invite offers to purchase by a specified time and date. This is typically called For Sale by Expressions of Interest (EOI).

    NO THANKS!
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Nope. If it doesn't have a price, I'm not interested.
     
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    You should ask them the price, strike a deal – tell them you're happy with the price... then – ask them to try and figure out your credit card number, one digit at a time – then, when you get to the final number, tell them you've changed your mind :) !?
     
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    And...It's not just limited to music stores. I find it increasingly frustrating to go into a grocery store...Hardware store...Department store...Shoe stores are really bad at this. Can't find a price! Something are priced, others not. Of course it's always the thing I'm interested in that doesn't have a price. ERRRRG.
     
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    They are just driving more and more people to buy online. Everything has a price there.
     
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