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#2390447 - 02/24/15 03:47 PM Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one?
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Hi, as part of another thread I asked the question, 'what happens to returned DPs, with the 30 day return policy' I was wondering if there would be some discount, because to me these pianos are now 'used' and not brand new.

The person who replied, said they did often try out DPs and other instruments and retuned them in good condition in the same packaging and expected and received full recompense.

Also this person regarded this as normal practice and suggested to me if I wanted a factory brand new piano, to buy from a store and ask that they open it in front of me to show that it is actually unused and new.

I can't really accept this, somehow, If I want to buy a new piano, after much research and decision making, that I would fully expect it to be new, unused and in pristine condition. How would I know if a piano has been returned, once, twice or even three times, then sold to me as new?

I just don't get it. I understand that if a piano is not suitable and you return it in new condition that you can receive full repayment. However, the piano then is not as new! and cannot, or should not be sold as such.

I am in part directing this question to Petersw, he is also a Northerner like myself and we are picky, and I did wonder if he thinks its ok to buy a returned digital piano, which may have been returned more than once, and would you accept it as new.

Please give me your thoughts on this, anyone, I don't think I would be asking too much for a brand new item, unused, and I don't think I should have to check in store and see it opened to check the piano is brand new to me.
Shey
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#2390469 - 02/24/15 04:29 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Piano dealers can be like car salesmen, there are those that you'd recommended to friends and family, and then there are the other ones. It is very common practice to sell a returned piano as new, or show room or floor model. This is true for acoustics and digitals. At least in the car world you can look at the mileage to ascertain how new, new is. With pianos I suggest being home for delivery and inspecting the instrument before you sign for and accept delivery.

I'm in the greater NY area and I took delivery of an Avant Grande N3 that I soon realized was a demo or return only after signing and the delivery people were gone. There were scratches, a strangely installed pedal lyre, an after market bench, and I was furious. Rather than dealing with the dealer, who ignored my calls, I contacted Yamaha directly who remedied the situation by arranging with a different dealer to accept return and replacement with a new instrument. I don't know how often they deal with things like this but I was left under the impression that they try very hard to control the user experience and they have preferred dealers.

Anyway, that's the best advice I can give. If you're buying off the showroom floor check the serial number there and upon delivery, if you're expecting a pristine fresh out of the box instrument, be home for delivery and inspect and watch assembly. Make sure everything is as it should be before you sign off on anything.

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#2390473 - 02/24/15 04:35 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Recently I have seen two used Kawai VPC-1 offered on ebay at a price the same as I can buy a new one including delivery. I was at the time interested to buy one of them but when I suggested to the seller that perhaps they were overpricing I did not get a reply.

Considering that there is always a risk that the seller is unloading a product with a problem I now feel that saving for longer before buying a new product is a wise move.

Some of these used sales at virtually new prices actually say "no returns accepted".

I never took Latin at school but I know the meaning of caveat emptor.

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#2390487 - 02/24/15 04:59 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Beemer]
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Originally Posted By Beemer
I never took Latin at school but I know the meaning of caveat emptor.

"Seize the day", right?
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#2390493 - 02/24/15 05:20 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: lolatu]
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Originally Posted By Beemer
I never took Latin at school but I know the meaning of caveat emptor.

"Seize the day", right?


LOL.... Eh, yes?





you were joking right?

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#2390516 - 02/24/15 06:48 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: lolatu]
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Originally Posted By lolatu
"Seize the day", right?


No, I believe you're thinking of "ad hominem".
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#2390519 - 02/24/15 06:59 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Shey,

I can appreciate your concern, however I believe that if you purchase an instrument from a reputable dealer, you should be able to trust that "new" means exactly that. If an instrument is a floor/ex-demo model, returned instrument, or simply used, the dealer is obliged to advertise the instrument as such.

Some online retailers will also grade an instrument as 'B', 'C', or 'D' stock etc., with a comment explaining why the instrument is being sold at a discount.

Generally speaking, I don't believe you need to worry too much - especially given the stricter trading standards laws in the UK. And in the unlikely event that a dealer does attempt to swindle you, the local consumer advice bureau should be able to offer advice.

Best of luck with your purchase.

Cheers,
James
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#2390661 - 02/25/15 04:00 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Kawai James]
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Thaks James, whilst you did put my mind at rest a little, this wasn't an issue I even thought about previously.
My original post was 'why pre order an Alesis Coda Pro when no-one has tried it yet'. (Or worded near enough)
One answer was, well if you don't like it, then return it before 30 days!
Again someone said it's perfectly ok to do this as long as the piano is in good order on return.
So, what if the pre ordered Alesis piano is not as expected, I wondered what happens to those returned, it might be very many or few, but if it's true that pre-orders are large, because it's new and its price point is low there could be high orders. So I think a percentage would be returned.
I just feel unsure now and if I buy new, I will be asking that my order is definitely brand new and not a returned item.

Also the reputable stores in UK offer 30 days return option.
Shey


Edited by Shey (02/25/15 04:04 AM)
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#2390665 - 02/25/15 04:44 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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It's hard to be other than ambivalent about it, wanting your cake and eating it. The option to return something you don't want is one of the treasured gifts of the consumer society. At the same time I really do fret that I've bought a used item posing as new. How can you possibly enjoy the thrill of an unboxing, wracked with doubt and suspicion? It always amazes me that amazon who has by far the most generous returns policy bar none always send me stuff that is conspicuously new...you just KNOW it is (although exceptions are reported in user feedback my pristine purchases don't tally with expectations at all).

In my steadier moments, I try and maintain a rational attitude. If it's scuffed or tatty in any way I wouldn't hesitate to ask for a discount having first checked as far as possible that everything works properly. Also let the dealer know that YOU know that it's pre-sold and maybe ask for an extended warranty (that might be hard-won).

As a matter of course, these days I always ask the retailer if he'll be shipping a brand-new unopened item. I think that ups the chance just a tad that they will make a point of picking out new merchandise simply because you've had the cheek to imply they sell used stuff as new.

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#2390673 - 02/25/15 05:44 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: dire tonic]
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Originally Posted By dire tonic
It always amazes me that amazon who has by far the most generous returns policy bar none always send me stuff that is conspicuously new...you just KNOW it is (although exceptions are reported in user feedback my pristine purchases don't tally with expectations at all).

For them it's just business algorithms: People who return stuff often get sent returned stuff more often (it's still "new"). And once you reached another threshold, your account gets locked, so you can't continue returning stuff, because you can't order it anymore. No human is ever involved into these decisions. wink
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#2390676 - 02/25/15 06:18 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: jtsn]
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Originally Posted By jtsn
Originally Posted By dire tonic
It always amazes me that amazon who has by far the most generous returns policy bar none always send me stuff that is conspicuously new...you just KNOW it is (although exceptions are reported in user feedback my pristine purchases don't tally with expectations at all).

For them it's just business algorithms: People who return stuff often get sent returned stuff more often (it's still "new"). And once you reached another threshold, your account gets locked, so you can't continue returning stuff, because you can't order it anymore. No human is ever involved into these decisions. wink

Amazing how much folklore there is surrounding Amazon. I've no doubt they have systems for signalling everything about your consumer habits and customers have reported bans. But an automated ban? No human referee? What's your source?

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#2390681 - 02/25/15 06:47 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: dire tonic]
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Originally Posted By dire tonic
Amazing how much folklore there is surrounding Amazon. I've no doubt they have systems for signalling everything about your consumer habits and customers have reported bans. But an automated ban? No human referee? What's your source?

The tech press had it. Some lady got locked out of her Kindle because she returned too much stuff. So if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck... wink
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#2390683 - 02/25/15 06:50 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: jtsn]
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Originally Posted By jtsn
Originally Posted By dire tonic
Amazing how much folklore there is surrounding Amazon. I've no doubt they have systems for signalling everything about your consumer habits and customers have reported bans. But an automated ban? No human referee? What's your source?

The tech press had it. Some lady got locked out of her Kindle because she returned too much stuff. So if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck... wink


Sure they did. I think you'll find the systems alert one of their vast army of operatives who send out a standard warning. The operatives are human - no ducks involved. wink


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#2390684 - 02/25/15 06:52 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Maybe some people deserve to be locked out of their Kindles, at least for a trial period - some customers are a royal pain in the arse.
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#2390690 - 02/25/15 07:07 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By toddy
Maybe some people deserve to be locked out of their Kindles, at least for a trial period - some customers are a royal pain in the arse.

- and yet, amazon's leniency regarding returns and try-before-you-buy has apparently proven itself to be a profit boosting retail model. It's self-regulating insofar as anyone taking liberties will be turfed out of the shop.

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#2390697 - 02/25/15 07:34 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Well, my mean-minded streak earnestly hopes that you are right.

I remember a dramatic incident when I worked in a department store in the 'Radios' department. A man had actually purchased a Philips N1700 VCR - a major event in those days. However, he was not happy with something or other, but our boss was convinced that the customer was just belly-aching. 'Just leave him to me - I don't want any of you talking to him,' said our boss.

We all cowered behind the counter, craning our necks like giraffes in Noah's ark as the man came stomping across the Menswear department (in Armani suit and shades), struggling with the bulky item in his arms.

He was ushered into the boss's office where they entered into negotiations. The boss, looking flushed, came out after a few minutes - 'It's all sorted!' he says, and the man was given a full cash refund. It was 1978.
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#2390737 - 02/25/15 09:26 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By toddy
Well, my mean-minded streak earnestly hopes that you are right.

I remember a dramatic incident when I worked in a department store in the 'Radios' department. A man had actually purchased a Philips N1700 VCR - a major event in those days. However, he was not happy with something or other, but our boss was convinced that the customer was just belly-aching. 'Just leave him to me - I don't want any of you talking to him,' said our boss.

We all cowered behind the counter, craning our necks like giraffes in Noah's ark as the man came stomping across the Menswear department (in Armani suit and shades), struggling with the bulky item in his arms.

He was ushered into the boss's office where they entered into negotiations. The boss, looking flushed, came out after a few minutes - 'It's all sorted!' he says, and the man was given a full cash refund. It was 1978.

I'm conflicted - I'm not sure whether you're suggesting it was a) a good thing he got a refund or ii) a bad thing he got a refund or 17) you just didn't like him so had no empathy with him?

Truth be told, I think sometimes it's one of the problems with bigger purchases - like cars but other expensive consumer goods - the practicalities of returning something if a customer is unsatisified, and the industry and tactics used to try and prevent customers rejecting things can be quite dissuading - especially given the often prominent wordings that companies like to boast about their returns policy.

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#2390766 - 02/25/15 11:04 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Lester Burnham said: I'm conflicted - I'm not sure whether you're suggesting it was a) a good thing he got a refund or ii) a bad thing he got a refund or 17) you just didn't like him so had no empathy with him?


I was reporting what happened. Although you are right that I couldn't help a few prejudices creeping in - the dark glasses in an artificially lighted store, for example. The implication is that he got a full cash refund by being stroppy (or what ever it took - we do not know what occurred in that office) whereas a gentler soul might have been shown the door. And that therefore, just possibly, computers handle this sort of thing more fairly.
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#2390773 - 02/25/15 11:29 AM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By toddy
Lester Burnham said: I'm conflicted - I'm not sure whether you're suggesting it was a) a good thing he got a refund or ii) a bad thing he got a refund or 17) you just didn't like him so had no empathy with him?

I was reporting what happened.


You didn't just report what happened, though... your first sentence, painted some context, as did some of your other wording - you were clearly making a judgement, too. Which, of course, we're all entitled to - but in the end, many people in business, don't deal with customers as well as they should, simply because they largely feel the power is on their side, and they don't HAVE to do any more than they have, or think they can get away with how they're dealing with it - whether that's based on some crass inference about their appearance, or some other inference about their character. If the arrogant, shouty people get a better response, well clearly there's a reason...

Originally Posted By toddy
Although you are right that I couldn't help a few prejudices creeping in - the dark glasses in an artificially lighted store, for example. The implication is that he got a full cash refund by being stroppy (or what ever it took - we do not know what occurred in that office) whereas a gentler soul might have been shown the door. And that therefore, just possibly, computers handle this sort of thing more fairly.


I'm still struggling - are you suggesting he shouldn't have got a refund, or that he still should have but merely it's not as equitable that a more shy and retiring person would likely not have?

Something I've learnt, though, in business and dealing with consumer issues - as a customer, being assertive, and if necessary, stroppy, gets results. Nearly everybody is accountable, sometimes it's good enough to write down the salesperson's name, and ask for the store manager, or head office details, is good enough to focus attention the correct way.

Thing is, as a customer, if it's only the stroppy awkward people who get the best results, then that's the model others will see and learn from. When I was younger, I was probably far more passive, but as an adult, having somebody treat you as a child, is not the way to discourage them from rejecting poor customer service.

A very trivial example, some years back, now, I was at a cinema, watching a film in a busy auditorium. At some point, some kids were messing around, near us, not sure whether it was directed at us, but it was distracting from us watching the film.

So I went into the foyer in order to try and get some tame member of staff to deal with it. He came back in and I pointed to the kids who were acting up. I think he spoke to them briefly, and then stood there for a little bit then was about to make off. I said "Is that it? So when you leave and they start acting up again, I've got to come back out and find you? DO SOMETHING!" He replied (bearing in mind I'd probably be late 20s, perhaps early 30s at that time, I'd imagine he was late teens - student type age) "Don't tell me how to do my job" in a suprisingly stroppy manner for a customer facing employee.

I didn't lose my cool, I just asked him his name - and when he gave me his fist name, I said, "No, your full name?" whilst fishing out a pen and a piece of paper, and then said "And what's the manager's name, here?"

And that was all I needed to do, cogs turned, and the penny dropped. Completely off his own back, he went back, to the kids, and turfed them out.

Now I don't take delight in that - kids will be kids - but if I'm spending money to watch a film in a cinema, I'm not about to have it ruined by kids that know no boundaries, nor am I about to have to tolerate moody, self-absorbed adolescents masquerading as staff, not dealing with a complaint.

Point being, if it's only stroppy customers that get the best response, then don't be surprised if more people start acting stroppy. That said, I'd never be stroppy before my food arrived in a restaurant - either that, or eat anything after I had...

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#2390792 - 02/25/15 12:15 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Well, I just thought it was a funny story. Even so though, maybe the single point that I did make has been reinforced by your illustrations, which is that - if a computer can handle the situation - then maybe a computer will be fairer than a human being. Since human beings are always going to be subject to threats, stroppiness, assertiveness, etc etc etc

Of course we should be assertive in insisting on our rights, but we should not have to be, and some people simply don't have the personality - why should they have to?

On the other hand, as I said way back up in the thread - some customers are a pain in the arse, and cause a fair degree of grief to staff for no very good reason.
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#2390794 - 02/25/15 12:22 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By toddy
Well, I just thought it was a funny story. Even so though, maybe the single point that I did make has been reinforced by your illustrations, which is that - if a computer can handle the situation - then maybe a computer will be fairer than a human being. Since human beings are always going to be subject to threats, stroppiness, assertiveness, etc etc etc

Indeed - I guess the point I wasn't sure of, was whether you were kind of implying he shouldn't have got a refund, or the inequity being that "nice" people may not.

Originally Posted By toddy
Of course we should be assertive in insisting on our rights, but we should not have to be, and some people simply don't have the personality - why should they have to?

I agree - and as you say, automated systems are much more likely to be fairer to all.

But I guess the existing problem, is that "nice", "quiet" people often don't get treated that seriously and are more likely to be fobbed off. I suspect all that happens to the obnoxious people is they get treated how customers should really be treated.

If you think about it, the daftness is the rationale that means for the longest time, it was only the stroppy, obnoxious people who tend to get decent customer service.

Originally Posted By toddy
On the other hand, as I said way back up in the thread - some customers are a pain in the arse, and cause a fair degree of grief to staff for no very good reason.

Most likely quite true.

In my experience, though, the general proportion of obnoxious, awful people, tends to be reasonably and statistically consistent across most groups - be they customers or staff.

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#2390804 - 02/25/15 12:37 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Happily, I thoroughly agree with everything you say. A mark of civilisation means the everyone being treated justly, whether they are strong or weak, assertive or retiring. On the other hand, life simply is not fair and never will be, and if you rail against this basic fact, you'll be miserable.

It is good to hear from Kawai James that repackaged returns have to be declared as such by the seller. However, this makes me slightly uneasy about the whole system of trying a large item at home at the sellers risk/expense. If a repackaged piano is a kind of B-Stock item, this means that the cost to the retailer of accepting returns at their own expense is going to lose them a lot of money. If they are on very tight margins, someone is having to pay for the service of no-obligation home trial. Presumably spread across all other clients, which does not seem fair. (Perhaps I've misunderstood how it works, and the buyer does bear some cost)
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#2390806 - 02/25/15 12:43 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Coming back to original question, here in Germany "new" means "new" at a reputable dealer. Returned items are called returned or refurbished or so and come with a discount. eBay, well, is eBay.

Amazon sometimes has returned items, I think they call them Amazon Warehouse Deals or so. I have purchased those in the past and -- as advertised -- only the package had a dent or was opened once. All fine with the article and it came with a discount.

I have also purchased Apple hardware refurbished. Could not differentiate from new, really.

Buying a returned/refurbished digital piano? Why not, if the discount fits? Something carefully assembled and disassembled can be as good as new. So as long as the description is accurate and the warranty is 100%, I see no issue.
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#2390807 - 02/25/15 12:45 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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With regard to "on who is the cost", I think people would simply not buy some items online, if they could not return them. Therefore, then, this would not be a business option at all. As a consequence, taking the loss on the odd return is a cost of doing online sales.
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#2390808 - 02/25/15 12:48 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Hendrik42]
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Originally Posted By Hendrik42
With regard to "on who is the cost", I think people would simply not buy some items online, if they could not return them. Therefore, then, this would not be a business option at all. As a consequence, taking the loss on the odd return is a cost of doing online sales.

A good point - and in the UK, at least, there's the distance selling regulations.

It all really goes to support the big businesses with the infrastructure, economies of scale, and other, aftermarket resale channels.

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#2390809 - 02/25/15 12:50 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Hendrik42]
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Originally Posted By Hendrik42
With regard to "on who is the cost", I think people would simply not buy some items online, if they could not return them. Therefore, then, this would not be a business option at all. As a consequence, taking the loss on the odd return is a cost of doing online sales.


Yes, this makes a lot of sense. Few customers actually want to deal in returning goods anyway, as it's a lot of trouble. Who pays for the return shipping costs, though? If it's a piano, that's a lot of money.
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#2390837 - 02/25/15 02:01 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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Originally Posted By Shey
Hi, as part of another thread I asked the question, 'what happens to returned DPs, with the 30 day return policy' I was wondering if there would be some discount, because to me these pianos are now 'used' and not brand new.

The person who replied, said they did often try out DPs and other instruments and retuned them in good condition in the same packaging and expected and received full recompense.

Also this person regarded this as normal practice and suggested to me if I wanted a factory brand new piano, to buy from a store and ask that they open it in front of me to show that it is actually unused and new.

I can't really accept this, somehow, If I want to buy a new piano, after much research and decision making, that I would fully expect it to be new, unused and in pristine condition. How would I know if a piano has been returned, once, twice or even three times, then sold to me as new?

I just don't get it. I understand that if a piano is not suitable and you return it in new condition that you can receive full repayment. However, the piano then is not as new! and cannot, or should not be sold as such.

I am in part directing this question to Petersw, he is also a Northerner like myself and we are picky, and I did wonder if he thinks its ok to buy a returned digital piano, which may have been returned more than once, and would you accept it as new.

Please give me your thoughts on this, anyone, I don't think I would be asking too much for a brand new item, unused, and I don't think I should have to check in store and see it opened to check the piano is brand new to me.
Shey




TBH, Shey, I`ve never heard of this 30 day return for DPs but imagine Amazon have this in their policy, maybe because of super picky Yanks (grin) who call the shots. Women order loads of stuff online, and send it back if they don`t like it or the size is unflattering (true) . .

I wouldn`t buy one that had been returned under those conditions. I would buy one from our local shop (1 mile down the road) if it was a floor model and open to public use. Because I`d have tried it meself first . . .But I`ve never bought a DP online. Nearest I got was a DGX620 which had fallen off the back of a lorry, from a shop in Bolton..

Got it cheap. Worked fine.
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#2390841 - 02/25/15 02:10 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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I wonder if there were so many returns.
If only a few of them, the easiest would be to put the returned but good piano into a showroom?


Edited by Jasper E. (02/25/15 03:33 PM)

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#2390845 - 02/25/15 02:26 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: Shey]
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The UK, or is it EEC, has a 14 day money back return process covered by legislation for online purchases.

I think I would be happy with a return, if I knew it was a return, perhaps described as KJ said, and perhaps with a modest discount, knowing about the legislation.

In fact I recently purchased a TV online, which was available also in stores, for a significant reduction. It was a last years model on offer to clear stocks, and the store would not honour their normal 30 day no question asked return policy, so I covered myself with the online purchase legislation. Turns out the TV was a keeper.

However I have purchased all my DP's in a local store. Only way to go IMHO, it's not technology but an instrument, and part of an ongoing relationship with the store. I also in each case purchased the very DP I played in the store. In one case it was a floor model, others I had them get it out of the box, and one other case the DP had arrived that very day and was on the floor (for just that day).

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#2390913 - 02/25/15 05:14 PM Re: Returned DPs would you be happy to receive one? [Re: spanishbuddha]
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For the vast majority of dealers, new means new. Demos, refurbished, open box items tend to marked as such.

I have bought refurbished items and open box items quite often. For the most part, I have had good experiences.

As for a huge amount of money being drained out, it might be 3% that return digital pianos. This is part of doing business. Allowing no returns would mean a bigger hit to sales than 3%. As might charging for returns.

Some other items such as laptops have a standard restocking fee of say 15%. So a person that buys it for a trip, with the full intent of returning it after the trip, has to pay to use it. Also with computers, they have to be checked very carefully after the return in case some nasty malware was installed.
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