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chilipeppermaniac

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The scuttlebutt says it is basically an accounting move, not a state of the company going the way of the dodo bird.
 

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Hundreds of Mom and Pop shops that deserve support.
Where? In Sacramento county (pop. 1.5M) there are literally a handful of independent instrument shops and just one that has inventory comparable to GC.
And why is it "Mom and Pop" deserve support anymore than any other business? They are all owned and operated by people.
 

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Where? In Sacramento county (pop. 1.5M) there are literally a handful of independent instrument shops and just one that has inventory comparable to GC.
And why is it "Mom and Pop" deserve support anymore than any other business? They are all owned and operated by people.

No particular reason. Obviously I have no personal experience of GC, but the reports I hear tend to be about poor service and occasional sharp practice. Of course all these may carry the same weight as Trip Adviser reviews. I'm always up for some education.
 

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I go to GC to get strings, and look at their used stock. Other then that, I don't care about them.
 

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If I am ever in the “big city” I have to pop in to see what they have. Drool over the $100,000 wall of guitars. But it is not my go to when I want to purchase anything more than strings, straps, etc.
 

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I remember when Gibson ended sales at the smaller “Mom and Pop” stores. The story was similar to this one…

“I was a Gibson Dealer for 35 years. I finally told them, no more. Here is the deal. If you want to sell Gibson, you have to buy Epiphone. Minimum purchase is 72 Epiphone guitars per year. That’s OK, except if you already have 20 or 30 Epiphone in stock, those don’t count toward your 72. You must also purchase $5000 worth of Gibson accessories, strings, picks, straps, etc. Now you can place your minimum 24 piece Gibson Guitar order. Oh, you want to sell Gibson Acoustic Guitars? Another 12 piece minimum order. Oh, you want dobros, mandolins, and banjos? Another 12. You want to be a Custom Shop Dealer and sell reissue Les Paul’s, etc? Another 12 piece order…..get the idea? You get to do all of this so you can compete with Chain stores and online retailers. The investment in money and wall space is high, and the profit margin is low. A small independent retailer cannot survive under those terms. It’s really sad, because ultimately the player has limited options in the market.”
 


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