The smart shops have always found that niche by focusing on the areas that online merchants and box stores can't or won't, such as repairs, lessons, carrying niche brands, etc. Anyone can sell a DW9000 or Remo Ambassador. That doesn't make those vendors necessarily desirable, unless they also have the lowest price. Trying to save a buck is nothing new.It's too bad that some moms-and-pops aren't finding a niche as the world changes, but that's just how economies change and grow.
Well it's the higher priced items that you save more $$$ when you shop online, but I will try them in stores if I don't know what to expect. Cymbals are mostly unique so your approach holds more water in that sense but it's worth the risk with certain brands.To me it's the absolute opposite. To me, a cymbal or a drum must be checked out before bying it!
They are A**h***s there! I've shopped there since I was a kid and they are mad at me cause I bought my last kit elsewhere cause I saved $250. I am unemployed also...so $250 means something to me. I also in 2011 bought two drum kits from them one Ludwig classic and the other a Sonor force 3007 for my kids. Really what do they want from me? I told them straight up I don't have a lot of money and I shop for the best price. They are the ones that made it personal over $250. I'm not one to keep a drum kit so it's not like they would never see me again. After their attitude and smart remarks about to people I know I will never shop there.I only shop at Dale's Drum Shop in Harrisburg PA. In fact, I need to run up there today or tomorrow and buy a new throne with Xmas money.
Truth! Well said, Larry.I won't support you solely because you're a Mom and Pop. I want a good selection at a good price, and fast. If they could provide that and be competitive, then yea they would get my business first. But the stores around me are not all that. Business is business.
We're all local to somewhere. However, this is a different era...the internet erases borders and greatly eases many logistical challenges. I run a local business too, yet I'm not limited to local customers, thanks to technology. This is the reality that small, local businesses need to adapt to. Innovate or go extinct, in the information age.I use local music stores whenever possible. I am a local business and I rely on local people by and large to earn my living.
I do buy and sell on eBay, big boxes and online. I don't like that it takes music stores so long to order stuff. But I always give local merchants a fair shot at my business.
Well said. However, the need for local advice and service is also a need that has been met by technology. You can ship shells to a number of different vendors to have work done, modifications, etc. There are dozens of small custom drum builders to choose from online, with endless examples and feedback on their work. All the advice you could ever hope for can be found right here on DW - as well as a plethora of tips, tricks, videos, and other invaluable information to make us all better musicians. IMO, the "local" model is dying off...it's a relic of a bygone era.The smart shops have always found that niche by focusing on the areas that online merchants and box stores can't or won't, such as repairs, lessons, carrying niche brands, etc. Anyone can sell a DW9000 or Remo Ambassador. That doesn't make those vendors necessarily desirable, unless they also have the lowest price. Trying to save a buck is nothing new.
The shops that survive do so for good reason: they've adpated. So, they deserve a chance at our business. Not as a reward for hanging in there, but as a probable benefit to us.
I go out of my way to do business with small shops, because I save money that way. But, I also understand that in many areas, there just aren't as many options as I have living in a huge metro area. If those shops can't rise to the occasion, then unfortunately they'll go out of business, too. The sad part is, from time to time, people will wish there was a local shop to get something now or get some advice or service... and they'll be gone.
Have you checked out Dorsey's drum and percussion selection? They have more stuff than Guitar Center and a great collection of ethnic percussion, trap drums, cymbals and hardware, mics, PAs, guitars and ukeleles, as well as some decent used stuff. I disagree that all local shops treat some customers as an afterthought. Dunkley, yes, they're not too much into serving people in bands and seem more school orchestra focused. But Dorsey does a great job in providing lots of choices and their prices are pretty competitive.We're all local to somewhere. However, this is a different era...the internet erases borders and greatly eases many logistical challenges. I run a local business too, yet I'm not limited to local customers, thanks to technology. This is the reality that small, local businesses need to adapt to. Innovate or go extinct, in the information age.
We have two local music shops, that I know of. Both of them (mostly) rely upon school sales and rentals and tend to treat every other type of customer as an afterthought at best...a major inconvenience at worst. After giving them both the opportunity to earn my buck, I quit trying. Guitar Center just does it better and the staff they've kept over the past couple of years has been a big improvement. If GC doesn't have it...I can find it in seconds online, and usually get free shipping or some sort of discount.
This is my reasoning exactly. It was the case when I lived in Australia, and it's still the case now that I live in Norway.It's pretty simple really. When they stop charging 2 to 3 times the US price for the same piece of equipment, they'll get all the support I can muster.
Until then, I owe it to my family to save every penny I can. You wanna pay top dollar for the same item, that's your bag. Me?.....the cash is better off in my pocket and I won't apologise for ensuring that it is. It's not a matter of not wanting to, more a matter of music stores in Oz being commercially unviable for anything outside of heads, sticks and other smaller items.