Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Certain guitar shops in Dublin I wouldn't even consider going into now having grown up seeing their ridiculous prices and knowing that they knew full well they were charging far more because they could.
Those shops may have raked it in during the good times and if they're not doing so well now, it's because they didn't build up a customer loyalty.
Shops such as musician I only heard good things about and mostly it was because the staff were reliable and treated the customer well, and went out of their way for them.
Another well known shop i was in the other day, seeing what was there with a mind to picking up a music stand. There was a rickety music stand, the traditional looking one with very thin metal tubes and looks like it would blow over in a breeze was on sale for €60. I went home and ordered one which was sturdy and looked like it could hold a PA speaker nicely for €12 online. I also bought leads I may need because I was paying for shipping anyway and all that came to about €60 - €70.
A decent price in that shop might have seen me spending the same amount above on a few itemt. By the way, that was the only choice of music stand in the shop.
I was thinking of buying an auto harp and immediately checked online. It took a few minutes to find oput everything i wanted to know. the thoughts of trying to get one in ireland was just off putting.
It's not up to the consumer to keep the shops going. It's up to the retailer to stay in business and fight for the intentions of the consumer, who should be at the top of the foodchain calling the shots.
If rent prices are too expensive would it not be better to apply pressure on politicians or landlords or whoever to get the rents lowered instead of expecting the consumer to pick up the tab constantly?