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#1285268 - 10/12/09 04:05 AM What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)?
Thelonius One Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
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Loc: Michigan
I'm planning on buying a digital piano soon, more than likely from Guitar Center, but possibly online. If I don't cave in, I am planning to wait until Black Friday, but I wasn't sure if places like Guitar Center or the online stores have big discounts on that day. If so, then I may try to go for a Yamaha or Korg, if they're offering bigger discount, instead of my original plan to buy a Casio PX-130. Any experience here?

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#1285324 - 10/12/09 07:38 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Thelonius One]
Gyro Offline
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Posts: 4533
The impression I have is that,
for digital pianos at least, the
best prices in brick and mortar
stores are after Christmas. Then
there is extreme price slashing,
and you can get great deals
on digitals.

Online stores don't seem to
have these types of sales, since
they claim that their prices
are always lower than in brick
and mortar stores. However,
many of them have beat-any-price
policies, and if you say that
such and such store is selling
a certain digital for some price,
they might beat it.

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#1285980 - 10/13/09 09:22 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Gyro]
munkeegutz Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 63
Loc: Orlando, FL
I'm pretty curious about this too. Anyone else have an opinion?

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#1286387 - 10/13/09 08:55 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: munkeegutz]
KeepItInC Offline
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Posts: 14
Loc: Southeast
In days of old it benefited those who had contained their excitement and waited for that magical period of Dec 26th to Dec 31st. otherwise known as month/year end. A lot of brick and mortars will have the latitude to give you a bit more off at that time than what you might have negotiated prior to Christmas to get that last minute business booked.

But be realistic … no reason to open up the store if your gonna give the goods away.

What would concern me now is inventory depth. I’m guessing dealers are not going deep these days so make sure you know that they have enough of what you want to play some poker with em. You might even want to have a favorite 2nd choice at another dealer to compare your opportunities.

Drives em nuts.

Did me.

Former retail piano sales

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#1286623 - 10/14/09 07:48 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: KeepItInC]
MarkL Offline
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There's a bit of a random element to getting the best price because the price breaks come from different sources. I waited to buy a P140 until the store was giving away the stand as part of a sale price, and Yamaha happened to have a $100 rebate going on. Those two things together made it the best price I had found after watching for a long time. It seemed to me like there were "sales" going on all the time, but some sales were better than others.
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#1286676 - 10/14/09 09:11 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: MarkL]
DragonPianoPlayer Offline
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Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 2462
Loc: Denver, CO
I don't pay much attention to the Black Friday sales, but I can say that Guitar Center generally has a big sale over the Labor Day weekend.

Rich
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#1286940 - 10/14/09 02:53 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Gyro]
Thelonius One Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Michigan
Thanks for all the replies. Definitely really helpful.

Originally Posted By: Gyro
The impression I have is that,
for digital pianos at least, the
best prices in brick and mortar
stores are after Christmas. Then
there is extreme price slashing,
and you can get great deals
on digitals.


Not sure I can wait though! I was planning to buy one this month, but then my car broke down, and after repairs and everything, it came up to about $1200. I'm not as eager as before now, but Christmas might be too long.

Originally Posted By: Gyro
Online stores don't seem to
have these types of sales, since
they claim that their prices
are always lower than in brick
and mortar stores. However,
many of them have beat-any-price
policies, and if you say that
such and such store is selling
a certain digital for some price,
they might beat it.



Yeah, I figured that. When the online stores match prices, does that include when another store is having a bigger sale or discount?

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#1286942 - 10/14/09 02:55 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Thelonius One]
DragonPianoPlayer Offline
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Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 2462
Loc: Denver, CO
FYI: Guitar center matches prices. Just bring in a copy of a webpage (dated) or add and make sure it is not for a B-Stock item.
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#1287118 - 10/14/09 07:40 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Thelonius One]
Nikalette Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
Posts: 1082
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Thelonius One
I'm planning on buying a digital piano soon, more than likely from Guitar Center, but possibly online. If I don't cave in, I am planning to wait until Black Friday, but I wasn't sure if places like Guitar Center or the online stores have big discounts on that day. If so, then I may try to go for a Yamaha or Korg, if they're offering bigger discount, instead of my original plan to buy a Casio PX-130. Any experience here?


I don't know about that day, but the online stores are regularly having sales, including Guitar Center. Sometimes they're not advertised online though. If by big discount you mean 10 to 20% I'm sure you'll find one by the end of the year, and the online sellers match prices.

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#1287129 - 10/14/09 08:03 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Nikalette]
bitWrangler Offline
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Registered: 03/14/07
Posts: 1789
Loc: Central TX
Guitar Center had 15% off across the board last Black Friday.

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#1308537 - 11/19/09 01:49 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: bitWrangler]
Thelonius One Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Michigan
It would be nice since Black Friday is coming to try post whatever Black Friday, and also Cyber Monday, sales we see. I've been going to Guitar Center's and Woodwind/Brasswind website and a few local site here in Michigan, but haven't seen anything yet.

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#1308542 - 11/19/09 02:00 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S.)? [Re: Thelonius One]
munkeegutz Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 63
Loc: Orlando, FL
I bet we'll start to see some sales advertisements this monday...

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#1308634 - 11/19/09 04:56 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: munkeegutz]
hIt0sAwA Offline
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Registered: 11/16/09
Posts: 23
Loc: South CA
Originally Posted By: munkeegutz
I bet we'll start to see some sales advertisements this monday...


Alright everyone...everybody talks about sale and black friday...but WHERE to see the ad??? smile
I know a pretty good site, but never did i see a digital piano posted. http://www.gottadeal.com/
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#1308635 - 11/19/09 04:59 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: hIt0sAwA]
hIt0sAwA Offline
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Registered: 11/16/09
Posts: 23
Loc: South CA
by the way, for px130: http://www.kraftmusic.com/search/index.asp?query=Casio+PX-130
kraftmusic is a good online store, i assume. I bought my YDP 223 (complete bundle w survivor kit, book, cover, chair, headphone, lamp) for 1633 w free shipping. A great deal of that time!
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decided to go w a piano...
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#1308700 - 11/19/09 06:10 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: hIt0sAwA]
gerardo1000 Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 129
I just received a mailing from Guitar Center: 15% discount on ANY item on Friday 27, 10 % discount on ANY item on Saturday, and $50 discount on any purchase over $340 until December 24.

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#1308903 - 11/19/09 11:17 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: gerardo1000]
leocuellar Offline
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 18
Loc: Monterrey, Mexico
Maybe this will be helpful. No info about GC so far, but maybe in a few days something appears.

http://www.blackfriday.info/sales/

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#1308934 - 11/20/09 12:32 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: leocuellar]
galaxy4t Offline
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Registered: 08/28/08
Posts: 855
Loc: Lakewood, CA
When I was looking at this time last year, there weren't any spectacular bargains between Black Friday and Christmas. I think you will find better and more bargains after the holidays. Check out Guitar Center clearance event that runs the whole month of January.

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#1308937 - 11/20/09 12:38 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: bitWrangler]
ChrisA Offline
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Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 3841
Loc: Redondo Beach, California
Originally Posted By: bitWrangler
Guitar Center had 15% off across the board last Black Friday.


I get those all the time, in mail and email. You have to read the fine print. Below is a quote from the last fine print I got.

"Certain items from Ampeg, Behringer, Bugera, Buffet Pro, Epiphone, Gibson, Ibanez, Korg, Mackie, Marshall, Monster Cable, Pearl, Roland, Tama and Vox may not qualify for this offer. Products from Adam, Apple Computer, Fender, Gretsch, Jackson, Charvel, Squier, and Yamaha do not qualify for this offer."

So the Casios will be discounted but not Yamaha, Korg or Roland.

One trick: Everyone price matches and offers to give you 10% of the difference. So The last thing I bought I found the most expensive place and bought it there. This way I maximized the "10% of difference" part. I think I made $10 that way. It was on a guitar amp at GC and a competitor was running a sale. So when you see a sale, go some place else.

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#1309893 - 11/21/09 04:11 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: ChrisA]
Marty Flinn Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 2604
In my career I have worked in several stores and for several chains of piano stores. Most, put their holiday prices on sometime about now and run with them until after the end of the year. I have niever known lower prices on Black Friday or after Christmas. I cannot speak for MI chains or big box mass merchandisers.
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#1312231 - 11/25/09 03:07 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: Marty Flinn]
Thelonius One Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Michigan
I found this for Guitar Center on one of those coupon/ad message boards:

http://www.daddyodeals.com/phpBB/guitar-...ls-t124388.html

$100 off $500, $50 off 350-499.99, $25 off 199-349.99

You've been selected to receive this incredible Black Friday Early Bird private offer. The holiday season is here and Guitar Center wants to help you make the season even better.

We have stocked up on thousands of items and are offering you three ways to save on these items before they sell out.

Combine that with our already Guaranteed Lowest Price and you can get a seriously sweet deal on gear!

Browse, order and ship items directly from www.GuitarCenter.com using code: GOBBLE

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!

Your friends at www.GuitarCenter.com

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#1312237 - 11/25/09 03:16 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: Thelonius One]
Thelonius One Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Michigan
Also, I just looked at Musician's Friend and they're having discounts on certain brands. The Yamaha P85 is going for $429.00, which is the cheapest I've seen it.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.co...1+708854+304264

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#1312475 - 11/25/09 09:43 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: Thelonius One]
munkeegutz Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 63
Loc: Orlando, FL
yeah I saw the same deal--only caveat is that youll be waiting 2.5 weeks for it to ship...theyre out now (big surprise lol)

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#1312495 - 11/25/09 10:22 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: Thelonius One]
ChrisA Offline
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Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 3841
Loc: Redondo Beach, California
Was just in Guitar Center a couple hours ago. Casio PX-130 is marked at $399. Available at that price today. A very few other prices have been lowed a little but nothing like the $100 off on the px133

Also I got mail that Sam Ash is off. They are doing "$150 off on $1,500: or more and similar which amounts to less than 10%. I'm totally un-impressed.

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#1312530 - 11/26/09 12:17 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: ChrisA]
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
does anyone find any discount on P155? that's what i really want to know. i'd go to some music stores on Friday to see if they have any P155 on sale.

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#1312559 - 11/26/09 01:12 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: signa]
munkeegutz Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 63
Loc: Orlando, FL
thats what Im waiting for my friend. Im hoping for a 20% off somewhere so I can bargin for a sweet deal.

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#1312602 - 11/26/09 03:29 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: ChrisA]
Sean M. Offline
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Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 97
Regarding the PX-130 spotted for $399:

I'm about to buy a PX-130 at the Guitar Center in my town, and the guy is giving me a deal at $425.

Is there a flyer or advertisement for the one in your town I can find online, so I can show him and hopefully get the same deal where I live? (In Oregon?)


Edited by Sean M. (11/26/09 03:30 AM)

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#1312623 - 11/26/09 04:40 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: Sean M.]
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Registered: 08/10/09
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Loc: N. California
If you go to the following link, you will find a coupon for 20% off an order of $500 or more at Music123. It's a sweet deal! It does expire 11-30, though!

http://www.dealtaker.com/Music123-coupon-code-a273-c.html

Happy shopping!!
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#1313005 - 11/26/09 11:11 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: EmmaElise]
AlgomaDave Offline
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Registered: 10/23/09
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If anyone considers this, go to Resellerratings.com first and look up the rating for Music123, then decide.

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#1313023 - 11/26/09 11:42 PM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: AlgomaDave]
MacMacMac Offline
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Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 4099
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: AlgomaDave
If anyone considers this, go to ResellerRatings.com first and look up the rating for Music123, then decide.
That is excellent advice. I go there any time I think about buying online.

In this case (music123.com), the rating is HORRIBLE! Of the first 30 feedback listings, 23 were negative. (On a scale of 1 to 5, these 23 buyers gave a 1 rating.)

BEWARE!

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#1313035 - 11/27/09 12:23 AM Re: What are Black Friday sales like at music stores (in U.S [Re: MacMacMac]
limavady Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 379
Loc: California
wow I thought music123 along with a couple of other guys, wwbw for one, were now owned by Musicians Friend so i wonder what it is about them that's so bad....do the employees drop alot of boxes in the warehouse or something? I think it was wwbw who had the 20% off any item on labor day but when i called back to place the order they were actually closed, the customer service there isn't 24 hours, so i called Musicians friend and asked if they'd match that current 20% off and they did. So if someone wanted the P155 and it 20% that would be $960 and it couldn't hurt to call another store and ask if they'd match if you were for some reason afraid of some place's rating from that site.

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