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markjmarkj Frets: 235
On the market for either a Fender professional tele or a Fender Original 50’s tele. My localish guitar shop is Dawson’s who won’t budge at all on their prices. Can anybody recommend me a shop that would give me some sort of discount, 5% would be good.
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  • teradaterada Frets: 1386
    Anywhere that offers finance should be able to do 5% as a minimum when paying without finance.

    I've had discounts from GuitarGuitar, PMT, Andertons, Yamaha music London, everywhere on Denmark street. 

    Biggest discount I've had was 21% off of full price, but I'd usually aim for about 10% depending on the product.
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  • Mark1960Mark1960 Frets: 16
    5% of what though. It maybe already discounted from the RRP
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 587
    Richtone and Sound Affects Premier will if you ask....depending on what it is. 
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  • teradaterada Frets: 1386
    Mark1960 said:
    5% of what though. It maybe already discounted from the RRP
    I'd take the lowest advertised price online (but from an actual store with the item in stock) and go for 5% off of that
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1991
    ....depending on what it is. 
    This is kind of the key. If you're trying to haggle on a product they haven't had in stock long or is super popular there's no real incentive to discount.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 964
    Richtone have the 50's Tele on at £1299 on ebay so I'm thinking if you walked in there with £1200 cash you'd get one. Secondhand they make around a grand.
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  • teradaterada Frets: 1386
    Strat54 said:
    Richtone have the 50's Tele on at £1299 on ebay so I'm thinking if you walked in there with £1200 cash you'd get one. Secondhand they make around a grand.
    £1299 everywhere it seems. I'd be shocked if you couldn't get that for 1200 cash
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    My haggling technique in guitar shops.

    "Wow, this thing is amazing. I'm in love. I'm totally going to take it! Oh err, do you think you can do anything on the price? No? Ok fair enough, take my money"

     :s 
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  • BRISTOL86BRISTOL86 Frets: 1463
    DannyP said:
    My haggling technique in guitar shops.

    "Wow, this thing is amazing. I'm in love. I'm totally going to take it! Oh err, do you think you can do anything on the price? No? Ok fair enough, take my money"

     :s 
    So much wis :lol: 

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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 241
    BRISTOL86 said:
    DannyP said:
    My haggling technique in guitar shops.

    "Wow, this thing is amazing. I'm in love. I'm totally going to take it! Oh err, do you think you can do anything on the price? No? Ok fair enough, take my money"

     :s 
    So much wis :lol: 

     =)  Exactly. Mine's something like that, too.


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  • CollingsCollings Frets: 162
    edited November 9
    I've only ever had one local shop that would not offer anything of the ticket price.

    I've had good discounts from PMT, Guitar Guitar, Coda, World Guitars.

    My approach is to just tell them the max i'm prepared to pay to do the deal there and then rather than asking for a % off or their best price.
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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1565
    After my recent fiasco with 2 faulty player series tele's and lots of comms between Fender Uk and Pmt, I basically exchanged the second tele for a better American Special version. 

    Now, I did ask in Pmt for a discount, goodwill, call it what you will as I didnt want to pay another £300 for the better guitar after all the problemos. 
    (the player series was about £519, the Am Spec about £819). 

    Not a pound off would Pmt budge. Bear in mind the exchange tele they took would presumably be sent back to Fender and Pmt would have been refunded their buying cost, or given a deal to keep it and sell as b stock. Least thats how our business works, unsure on the guitar world. 

    I did get a free pack of strings for my hassles though. 

    The Pmt man basically said all their Fender stock is always the 'Best UK deal' or something, and thats why theyre never priced on the shop floor, as it automatically works the cheapest price out at the till, instead of having someone constantly repricing graphics on the shop floor. 
    Not really a lowest price or 'best' deal tbh though is it, its mostly the same as every other Fender dealer. 

    But they said they absolutely cannot budge on thier fender prices (with the exception of price matching a uk retailer). 


    I bet they do make a profit margin though, slim as it may be, they could have dropped £20 or something. 

    It did make me wonder though.

    Back in the day we used to sell Apple products, and didnt make a penny on any of the actual main units (ipod/ipads). 
    We'd buy an ipod for £150 and sell it for £150 for example. 
    Only reason we'd stock them is to make money on accessory upsells such as cases, headphones etc. 







    The only easy day, was yesterday...
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4677
    markj said:
    On the market for either a Fender professional tele or a Fender Original 50’s tele. My localish guitar shop is Dawson’s who won’t budge at all on their prices. Can anybody recommend me a shop that would give me some sort of discount, 5% would be good.
    I know a couple of guys who work at one of the Dawson's stores and they tell me all pricing is 100% directed from central office - They have little/no influence - I believe they can call and ask, but they would need to know who they are up against and generally don't move on a word and mouth pricing  - Needs to be in writing ie web or advert

    I believe they take no trades in whatsoever
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  • skikdi53skikdi53 Frets: 30
    Just buy a second hand pedal from GG, first i put it in my basket, the price was 120 £, and the shipping cost was Expensive to me, 20£ to France.
    i let it in my basket, received 2 mails, and the third one was personnal from a guy, i explain my problem, he send me a mail with 10£ discount and half price shipping, when i go to the link for buying the pedal, i payed 110 and it was free shipping .
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  • mbembe Frets: 627
    I was buying a £300 second-hand guitar from Richtone online and asked if they did pensioners' discount. They said they didn't specifically do an OAP discount but I got 5% knocked off.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3317
    mbe said:
    I was buying a £300 second-hand guitar from Richtone online and asked if they did pensioners' discount. They said they didn't specifically do an OAP discount but I got 5% knocked off.
    Just out of interest, are you even an OAP??

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • mbembe Frets: 627
    mbe said:
    I was buying a £300 second-hand guitar from Richtone online and asked if they did pensioners' discount. They said they didn't specifically do an OAP discount but I got 5% knocked off.
    Just out of interest, are you even an OAP??
    Yeah, but they had to take my word for it  :3
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  • BlaendulaisBlaendulais Frets: 673
    mbe said:
    I was buying a £300 second-hand guitar from Richtone online and asked if they did pensioners' discount. They said they didn't specifically do an OAP discount but I got 5% knocked off.
    Youre in your 20's 
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  • markjmarkj Frets: 235
    Contacted Reidys music they can knock me £60 of an Original 50’s tele. That would make it £1240. 
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  • Just a thought, but isn't it Black Friday in two weeks time? If one of the models you desire is discounted somewhere then buy it there, or use the Black Friday advertised price as a lever to get some discount elsewhere.
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 3928
    I say,

    "Hello my friend.........we are friend ,yes ......like brother "
     "You make special price ?"
    " Make for me very special price like brother "
    " We all God's children.....like brother "
    " If you come to my restaurant I make for you very special price "
    "Friend,make for me special price "
       They get a bit embarrassed and make some kind of concession (I don't tell them I don't have a restaurant )
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 19106
    markj said:
    On the market for either a Fender professional tele or a Fender Original 50’s tele. My localish guitar shop is Dawson’s who won’t budge at all on their prices. Can anybody recommend me a shop that would give me some sort of discount, 5% would be good.
    I know a couple of guys who work at one of the Dawson's stores and they tell me all pricing is 100% directed from central office - They have little/no influence - I believe they can call and ask, but they would need to know who they are up against and generally don't move on a word and mouth pricing  - Needs to be in writing ie web or advert

    I believe they take no trades in whatsoever
    They’ve also stopped opening on Mondays and have cut staff a contact in the trade has told me. Sounds like margin will be increasingly important....
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  • Wait for Black Friday. 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2505
    I’ve always found GAK really helpful.
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 181
    always ask for a discount or case or pedal or something
    don't ask, don't get
    any retailer of big ticket items who doesn't haggle a bit will soon be an ex retailer 
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5899
    edited November 10
    Yes - If any shop won't go lower on the price try getting things thrown in for free - straps/stands maybe even a pedal... lift home...
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 587
    Wait for Black Friday!
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