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what does this mean?
i think the complete opposite - i go to Sound Control, play around with whatever i feel like, then fuck off and buy it on the internet.
that said, this isnt so much for guitars, as theyre not all exactly identical in a model, whilst pedals and samplers are
"the cost of instruments these days means that people often only visit shops with the intention of buying, not browsing"
i mean the instrument supermarket under Virgin Megastore on Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, London, not the one in the article. are they related? when you say it reopened under a new name, do you mean it was bought out by this chain?
it will've been bought out
and I see Christopher's point about pedals and such being generic and easily purchased online.... but I don't think I'd ever buy a guitar sight unseen, eh? Even same model expensive guitars have varying degrees of fret board action, que no?
Heck, when the Guitar Center dude sold me on my Taylor acoustic he was going to the back to get me a "new" one... and I was like... "No, sir! I want *this* one."
it's like picking a pet, I suppose. you could have a different dog that looks the same and will still piss up your couch, but you want the one that caught your eye when you went in. type thing.
I would agree with this too. What I was trying to get at is that the customer shouldn't *not* buy off the internet, but the shops will have to bring their costs down to match internet prices in order for people to feel the need to buy instruments from them.
what if shops offered some kind of extended service? Such as half price repair costs post warranty?