Which Online Music Retailer Do You Prefer?

Discussion in 'What's left to Talk About?' started by Gergo, Jan 11, 2019.

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Who do you prefer to buy your gear from? You can choose as many as you want.

  1. Guitar Center

    5 vote(s)
    16.1%
  2. Musicians Friend

    7 vote(s)
    22.6%
  3. Sweetwater

    19 vote(s)
    61.3%
  4. zZounds

    3 vote(s)
    9.7%
  5. American Musical Supply (AMS)

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  6. Reverb

    8 vote(s)
    25.8%
  7. Amazon

    7 vote(s)
    22.6%
  8. Ebay

    6 vote(s)
    19.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Gergo

    Gergo Well-Known Member

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    With the threads about Guitar Centers impending demise that I have seen over the years, it's made me wonder who you prefer for your online music gear. You can select more than one from below.
    I know there are a lot more, and feel free to bring them up, but here are the big ones.
     
  2. Razzle

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    Yea my experience is currently reflected in the voting: MF, SW, AMS

    I don't put Reverb or ebay in the same class, they're to me mostly individuals (and yes I know those stores list there). I NEVER go to Amazon, although I probably buy other goods from them like every other day.

    But I think MF is the best. I had been buying some stuff from them the last year or so back and ended up with like $300 MF bucks to spend, I love that.

    I never buy from GC, ain't doing tax, that's a 10% penalty for me. What's the point of getting some 10% or 15% off coupon when it gets eaten up by taxes and shipping.
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    I said guitar center but mostly because of the used deals and it's what I know. And I feel bad for them. Even with all the warts I'm willing to support 5he online a bit more hoping it keeps my nearby store alive so I can kill time there.
     

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    Sweetwater for new gear.
     
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    The vast majority of the new purchases for my have been Musician's Friend. They usually have good deals and their customer service has always been great to me. Others are fine, but MF has been my go-to for many years.
     
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    I voted Sweetwater for new, GC for used, and eBay for the super cheap project guitars (Cozart, etc.) as well as bodies and necks.

    Then of course there's Rondo, but they're not a general music retailer.

    I got the greatest deal of a lifetime from MF about 10 or 11years ago (50% off TWO Rickenbacker guitars), but they haven't done much for me lately. Sweetwater always seems to beat MF's best offers.
     
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    amazon prime for strings, picks, accessories...occasionally pedals

    ebay or reverb for most larger gear purchases

    i do appreciate sweetwater's customer service efforts though
     
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    I'm kind of all over the place. I love Sweetwater,s service and have bought from them. But admit to buying things on sale from MF and don't bother trying to get a price match from SW. Bought a used guitar from GC and it went well but my first deal with them was so bad I almost didn't buy the Agile from them. Bought 2 used guitar off Ebay and did well bought some smalls off several ebay stores that went well. And bought twice from Rondo.
     
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    I've had good and bad deals with all of them, but Reverb seems to have worked with me best on the bad ones.
     
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    I've had some good dealings with Sam Ash through Reverb.
    Bought a punch of XVIVE pedals via Amazon. They just lost one, actually. Refunded me.
    If I was going to buy a big ticket item new, Sweetwater or CME is the place I'd go to if I was ordering online.
     
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  11. Mickey

    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Interesting.....
    Rondo is not a choice. :)
     
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    They haven't had much that fits what I've been in the market for. Plus, the price increases have made them not make as much sense as they once did compared to the mass market brands. That gap has closed somewhat. It's not hard at all to find a used Agile or SX anymore.

    For big ticket items, I go with Sweetwater. There's usually an automatic two year warranty for large purchases, and I've had to use it on one occasion. I've documented here how well their customer service has treated me. The rep I've been assigned has been excellent in determining my needs and sending me offers and new items accordingly. If there's something I want, I'll give them the chance first. They will do a bit of a discount if you're a regular or they will price match. It is harder to work a deal out of them, but the customer service and warranty is worth the extra to me - since they don't charge a premium for either.

    Anything smaller, I'll shop around. I'm usually able to find strings and other small parts through Amazon, cheaper or equal in price and with free 2-day shipping. Amazon also has buyer protection to some degree, and that helps.

    Reverb is a really nice place to safely look for deals. I haven't bought a whole bunch there, but going by how they've treated me from the seller side of things, I wouldn't hesitate.

    I haven't found a worthwhile second hand shop for instruments in the Salt Lake area yet, so all of my shopping will be done online for the forseeable.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    That was a comment on how this forum has changed since I joined.
    Of course, Rondo has also disowned us since I joined the forum.
     
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    I've never purchased music online
     
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    I don’t buy anything guitar related new except strings (Amazon or Reverb), so going off used gear it’s Guitar Center by a mile. Minus two of my four Agiles, every single guitar I’ve purchased in the last 6-7 years has come from GC Used and all of them at absurdly low prices.

    People love to hate on GC for the various negatives but I hope they live long and prosper so I can continue scoring what I’ve been scoring :).
     
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    I go to guitar center and play new guitars. If I like them I go home usually buy from Zzounds on a payment plan. If they don’t have what I’m looking for I go to Sweetwater. Both have great return policies. If it’s used GC seems to have beat selection and price.
     
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    Amazon for basics (strings, Donner pedals, slides, SD pickups, etc.). Prices are the same as everyone else, selection is awesome and their delivery time runs circles around most retailers.

    Sweetwater for more substantial purchases (guitars, amps).
     
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    I deal almost exclusively with the local mom/pop. Unless I grab something to flip. So, in light of that, I would say Sam Ash has made me a few bucks in the last few years. Sweetwater has some great deals & service though.
     
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    Rondo is the only place that I've bought a brand new guitar.
     
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    Sh*t! I forgot that one!
     
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