Black Friday?

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edited November 9 in Guitar
I've only been back playing guitar since the start of this year, so have never seen what 'Black Friday' is like with music gear retailers.

In previous years have the major gear retailers (GG, PMT, Andertons) taken part in the Black Friday frenzy that other retail sectors do? And if so, is there ever much decent stuff available or is it mostly just trying to shift a bunch of naff, unwanted stock that they couldn't sell anywhere near RRP?

Still mulling over options for buying a new amp, but wondering whether I should hold out for a couple of weeks and see if I can grab a bargain...  s
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1092
    I believe Andertons have a 'take a chance' deal whereby if you buy something from them in November and it then comes up on their Black Friday deals, they'll refund you the difference.
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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 1893
    There are usually some decent deals on pedals and the like, I've not seen as many deals on amps or guitars - though to be fair I haven't really been looking.

    i have a small war chest waiting for specific pedals on Black Friday weekend this year...
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  • capo4thcapo4th Frets: 2957
    I find it all a little bit racist to be honest.
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  • siremoonsiremoon Frets: 456
    Kebabkid said:
    I believe Andertons have a 'take a chance' deal whereby if you buy something from them in November and it then comes up on their Black Friday deals, they'll refund you the difference.
    The refund is in loyalty points though
    “He is like a man with a fork in a world of soup.” - Noel Gallagher
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 149
    Kebabkid said:
    I believe Andertons have a 'take a chance' deal whereby if you buy something from them in November and it then comes up on their Black Friday deals, they'll refund you the difference.


    It's a great idea, but if you've already bought it, they already know what is selling, so they won't put it in a sale....surely?!

    That is the cynical side of me again!

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 785
    Non-food sales for retail this year have been crap, I have a feeling retailers are going to go absolutely psychotic this year on Black Friday "deals week" as everyone calls it now.

    Amazon will no doubt discount some Gibsons, I wouldn't be surprised to see some things that are end-of-line going for great prices.
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 246
    Amazon will no doubt discount some Gibsons, I wouldn't be surprised to see some things that are end-of-line going for great prices.
    Amazon had decent deals on Gibsons last year - they were mostly the less desirable ones - but the discounts were pretty large.
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 149
    If I were you, just don't buy any music gear (unless it is already a deal) until closer to/the period of Black Friday.
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1092
    Kebabkid said:
    I believe Andertons have a 'take a chance' deal whereby if you buy something from them in November and it then comes up on their Black Friday deals, they'll refund you the difference.


    It's a great idea, but if you've already bought it, they already know what is selling, so they won't put it in a sale....surely?!

    That is the cynical side of me again!

    Agreed and @siremoon has pointed out they're refunded in loyalty points - I missed that, so thanks
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 929
    Peach are doing same deal as Anderton’s so far but promising the refund in cash (ie, to whatever payment method you used). 

    They usually do x% off certain brands so I imagine that’s what you’d be gambling against. 
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  • Jack_Jack_ Frets: 2271
    edited November 10
    So they know if they sell a lot of a certain model in this period, not to reduce it for Black Friday, so they don't have to give back any money. But they can present it as they're doing it to look out for you.

    Every year companies get more and more crafty at manipulating Black Friday to make consumers think they're getting a great deal, when in fact year on year, the deals get worse and the companies are laughing.
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  • NiallseroreillyNiallseroreilly Frets: 185
    edited November 10
    Its an exciting time...Andertons usually knock off up to £25 off the high end prs and gibson guitars 
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  • capo4thcapo4th Frets: 2957
    I have heard Guitar Guitar are doing a free set of strings with any guitar purchase....
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  • Jack_Jack_ Frets: 2271
    I'll post my usual retort;

    "ESP Skull and Crossbones guitar that no one in their right mind would ever buy, was £995, now £975 - grab yourself a bargain!"
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  • capo4thcapo4th Frets: 2957
    Got a link sounds like a great deal 

    Have a wiz !
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  • ricorico Frets: 474
    The Andertons thing is an absolute joke in my opinion. A cash refund would be so much better. 
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 929
    Jack_ said:
    So they know if they sell a lot of a certain model in this period, not to reduce it for Black Friday, so they don't have to give back any money. But they can present it as they're doing it to look out for you.

    Every year companies get more and more crafty at manipulating Black Friday to make consumers think they're getting a great deal, when in fact year on year, the deals get worse and the companies are laughing.
    While I'd actually believe that Andertons are disingenuous enough to probably do this, I doubt Peach would. They have enough inventory of everything that if they sell a couple PRS guitars between now & then and then offer 10% off all PRS guitars they'd credit back the difference.

    What I'm sensing is that retailers are getting more competitive for the customer, because they are nervous about not being the place where the wad is blown. Case in point, Anderton's just launched their "Black Friday Warmup" sale. It's mostly crap they were trying to get rid of in the summer sale at the same discounts, but they are clearly trying to be the first to drain your wallet.

    Black Friday is going to be a real test of consumer confidence this year in this country... and retailers are probably damned either way - if it goes REALLY WELL that could be it for spending for a long time. If it goes poorly it will be seen as a symptom of a failing retail economy...
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 4637
    All the really good deals I've had have been VST.. and a couple of pedals from the USA. 
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  • mbembe Frets: 152
    Amazon had plenty of Digitech Polara reverb pedals last year for £80.

    I picked one up thanks to seeing a heads-up on here. They also had a limited number of the Obscura delay pedals for £80, but they were first offered to Prime customers and none were left after they went on general sale.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 929
    mbe said:
    Amazon had plenty of Digitech Polara reverb pedals last year for £80.

    I picked one up thanks to seeing a heads-up on here. They also had a limited number of the Obscura delay pedals for £80, but they were first offered to Prime customers and none were left after they went on general sale.
    Yeah, I got both. :) That was pretty much my only score last year (well, and a bottle of bourbon...)
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 971
    Jack_ said:
    I'll post my usual retort;

    "ESP Skull and Crossbones guitar that no one in their right mind would ever buy, was £995, now £975 - grab yourself a bargain!"
    Firstly, that IS a bloody bargain and secondly, you’d better call out the guys in white coats because I’d buy that right now even though I’ve already got one (or three).
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  • Just got a letter from MBNA offering 0% interest for 39 months on a rather large credit facility, I wonder if this is the banks way of trying to boost buying before Christmas... Luckily I don't like PRS guitars and can build amps better than most retail offerings... but I do quite fancy a blue sky.....
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  • tampaxbootampaxboo Frets: 318
    edited November 10
    Non-food sales for retail this year have been crap, I have a feeling retailers are going to go absolutely psychotic this year on Black Friday "deals week" as everyone calls it now.

    Amazon will no doubt discount some Gibsons, I wouldn't be surprised to see some things that are end-of-line going for great prices.
    my feeling is that it will be the death rattle for retail for a few years now (unless brexit is officially dumped), as interest rates start creeping up and all those buy-now-pay-forever deals come home to roost.
    people have been piling things on credit as a stop gap until things picked up.
    now it is becoming apparent things may get much worse, that debt is keeping a lot of people up at night. hammond one for sure.

    i suspect BF will be seen by many retailers as their last chance to shed anything that is not guaranteed bread and butter sales, before dust and rust gets to it.
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  • Its an exciting time...Andertons usually knock off up to £25 off the high end prs and gibson guitars 
    Yeah but Lee does a funny video, easily worth another £25 ;)
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  • tampaxboo said:
    Non-food sales for retail this year have been crap, I have a feeling retailers are going to go absolutely psychotic this year on Black Friday "deals week" as everyone calls it now.

    Amazon will no doubt discount some Gibsons, I wouldn't be surprised to see some things that are end-of-line going for great prices.
    my feeling is that it will be the death rattle for retail for a few years now (unless brexit is officially dumped), as interest rates start creeping up and all those buy-now-pay-forever deals come home to roost.
    people have been piling things on credit as a stop gap until things picked up.
    now it is becoming apparent things may get much worse, that debt is keeping a lot of people up at night. hammond one for sure.

    i suspect BF will be seen by many retailers as their last chance to shed anything that is not guaranteed bread and butter sales, before dust and rust gets to it.
    Sadly you are probably right.

    I wish the whole country had pulled over at a restaurant before the Brexit vote, because I like a nice meal before I get f**ked...
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 15786
    capo4th said:
    I have heard Guitar Guitar are doing a free guitar with any set of strings purchase....
    That sounds exceptionally generous....
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  • Jack_Jack_ Frets: 2271
    capo4th said:
    I have heard Guitar Guitar are doing a free guitar with any set of strings purchase....
    That sounds exceptionally generous....
    .07s to keep costs down though.
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  • I’ve always done quite well on Amazon for Black Fridays, it’s worth noting that as well as the previously mentioned Gibson’s a lot of the Epiphones get reduced as well. 

    Last year I picked up a Gibson Thunderbird Bass for £800 down from £2200. 

    The year before I picked up an Epi thunderbird Pro with the Gibson pups for £250 down from £400

    Year before that I got my Dad an Epi Dot studio for £110! (Amazing guitar for his 50th) and I picked up a Tom Delonge Epi for £200. 

    Saying that hat though if you know what your looking for deals can be had any time on Amazon. Just ordered a Dan Donegan schecter for under half the RRP
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1448
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, a log of people painting the devil on the wall in this thread.



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  • uksaint7uksaint7 Frets: 24
    Being a relatively recent 'thing' over here I think guitar shops are a bit better prepared this year than on previous years. I know that at least one major guitar store have some genuinely great guitar deals coming for Black Friday.
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