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Getting The Best Guitar Through A Bargain

Feb 19, 2008
Knowing the right guitar for you shouldn't start and end with getting one. Definitely, the work isn't done yet. Before you anxiously pick one out in a store and start the music session, think about getting one that gives you value at its best. Simply put, grab that most wanted guitar at a worthy price you can take pride in.

A guitar guru shares a secret. While most people assume that the guitar's price tag reflecting $599 speaks of the price they should pay, guess again. Owners of music stores selling guitars gain from the sale of items displayed at their store. Simple mathematics says that it allows them to considerably decrease the item's price.

The trickiest part is in getting the store owner to make your guitar of choice affordable for you. In order to get a hold of a successful bargain, think of the basic facts. First off, think across: the music store owner wants to earn your payment; in return, you want to give up as little of your money as possible. Remember to always be in control of your money while making them earn it.

The salesperson should come handy during a "need-to-know" circumstance.

Make it known to the salespeople that you have seen other nice guitars in several other stores in town as you surely have. Before you start getting into the bartering mode, inquire if the total price on display includes a guitar case. It is also important to ask the kind of case, if any. Check if it is a hard shell, therefore more expensive, or a soft shell case that will save you a few dollars.

Do not buy the guitar at once, especially if you have learned and confirmed that stocks of the product abound.

During your return visit, try out several other guitars. Try to consider a much cheaply priced guitar. Trade secret revealed: selling a cheaper guitar affords storeowners a small commission, so they will be willing to deal with you on a more costly guitar.

Learn to take your time so you do not appear to be hurrying. Carefully consider if that really is the guitar you want and need.

As wise buyers will attest, never fall for the list price of a guitar. These list prices usually get greatly inflated.

If you have difficulties with taking the conversation toward a possible discount, try approaching the salesperson for the whole price, inclusive of case and tax for the guitar. When a final quote is set, you can simply ask the salespeople what they can do to possibly make the price even lower. Aim for a specific amount that you prefer to dish out; you can target a discount of, say, about 15%. You can make the salesperson aware of stores you know, if any, that offer a lower price for the same kind of guitar.

There are also instances when the guitar on display is already pegged at a sale price. It can also be a very budget-priced instrument that it will be difficult to convince the salesperson to give discounts even more. Under these circumstances, you can ask the salesperson or store owner to perhaps include for free some accessories, or at least have them at a hugely discounted price. These guitar accessories may include guitar strings, a capo, a patch cord, a guitar humidifier, a polish, a guitar tuner, or string winders and picks or similar smaller items. You might not get the discount you target for, but you sure are getting value for your money at it.

Bringing home your dream guitar doesn't have to bust the budget. Hunt for guitars happily!
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