Burned again buying a used cymbal from GC

Superman

Gold Member
So about a month ago I bought a used cymbal from GC and it was a total dud; consensus here is that it must have been put in an oven.

Yesterday another crash arrived and it was very badly warped all around the edges. I put in on a flat surface and almost no part of it was flush against it.

I have been buying used cymbals for 20 years and have never had this type of issue. Most of that has been in person so I inspected the cymbal prior to purchase. But even on Ebay I have never had an issue.

The problem with GC is that they label products either Excellent, Great, Good, Fair or Poor but they give no explanation as to why they are categorized as such. One of the cymbals I bought was listed as good, and the other as fair. On the fair one, some of the lettering was worn so I assumed that was the issue, I never imagined it would or could be warped like it is.

Anyone else have an issue with GC's used cymbals? I am ready to cease purchasing used items from them ever again.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
I've bought 2 from GC, but they were in-store purchases. I was able to inspect them before purchase. Thanks for the tip though...be wary of GC cymbals bought unchecked over the internet.
 

Superman

Gold Member
I've bought 2 from GC, but they were in-store purchases. I was able to inspect them before purchase. Thanks for the tip though...be wary of GC cymbals bought unchecked over the internet.
Hey Paul, I bought two that were fine, but they were marked "Great" and "excellent". I guess those might be safer purchases. It is just hard online because they have 1 pic, are thrown in a category and nothing explains what the issue is.

"fair" to me means some wear, maybe a flea bite, some ink worn...but not warped or broken.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Wow 2 duds in a row. that would be enough for me.
Ya you have to wonder why is a national chain selling warped cymbals?
Such items should be in the garbage bin for a company like that has excessive stock of items.
 

hippy chip

Silver Member
You have 30 days to return it---what is the problem? A More important point is WHY would you buy a cymbal without playing it first?
 

Superman

Gold Member
Wow 2 duds in a row. that would be enough for me.
Ya you have to wonder why is a national chain selling warped cymbals?
Such items should be in the garbage bin for a company like that has excessive stock of items.
Agreed. It should have been listed in "poor" condition and been given a description as to why it was labeled poor.

You have 30 days to return it---what is the problem? A More important point is WHY would you buy a cymbal without playing it first?
The problem is the closest GC is an hour away. I bought it because I didn't want to pay for a new cymbal and 17" cymbals don't come up very often on my local craigslist.

Do you live near a GC store? You can have a used item shipped to a store, where you can inspect it before purchasing.
Closest GC is about an hour. I guess I could do that in the future. But if they send more duds I don't want to keep wasting 2 hours of my time for no reason.
 

Road Bull

Silver Member
I have had some good luck with GC used. I have probably returned more than I have purchased though. Some of that is listening to how it sounds and then changing my mind. For example, many Zildjians are touch and go. You could have three alike, and none might be... alike... Paistes are easier to buy for sure.

Their descriptions suck. They just suck. It is like they are written by a guitarist or something. All the pics look like they are taken with a 200 mega pixel camera and the pics are grainy as hell. Sometimes the descriptions are altogether wrong. Pricing can be a bit goofy too. Having said that, I have gotten some great deals on cymbals, so it seems their pricing is a bit arbitrary.

I have not received anything from them that is visibly damaged like you are describing. This is either someone abusing it, or it was packed and shipped by some mouth breather. Packing material and understanding that cymbals have an "edge" that needs to be protected is completely lost on some people. That and FedEx or UPS doesn't care about your dumb box. It is just another box standing in the way of punching out for the day.

The main reason I buy used from GC is due to their somewhat large inventory and the possibility that I can find something for a good deal. Otherwise, I am not into GC or buy anything from them new. I have purchased a couple of eBay cymbals, but those are few and far between. I always feel more exposed if buying from eBay and it is not my preferred mode of purchase. I would rather buy from CL over eBay any day.

IF you buy from GC, open it up AT the store and check for damage AT the store. If it doesn't pass the sniff test, throw that turd back and save yourself the aggravation of waiting to getting home to be disappointed.
 

Destroyer772

Gold Member
They need to give better descriptions, better pics of front, back and alternate views of there used cymbals. Most of us want to buy used and it is sad that we dont feel comfortable buying used from an established business such as GC. Quality Cymbals should last a lifetime, I have numerous used cymbals that are in excellent shape. I dont understand how some off the internet get into the shape they are. As expensive as cymbals are why wouldn't people take better care of them. The 3 instances I have bought used from GC went well, but things in fair condition I stay away from simply from the lack of description.
 

Jhostetler

Senior Member
I've bought used before from guitar center. Best thing I did was to call the actual store that the cymbals were located at. The staff there were decent enough to give me a true description of what was being sold even if they had no clue what it was. It's a matter of asking the right questions.

I feel your pain on the mislabeled items though. Of course if youre like me you use that to your advantage. If they list a high dollar item in the picture, say a Paiste prototype ride, and the description is for some low dollar entry level ride, guess what? They have to honor that lower price!
 

ineedaclutch

Platinum Member
I've bought used before from guitar center. Best thing I did was to call the actual store that the cymbals were located at. The staff there were decent enough to give me a true description of what was being sold even if they had no clue what it was. It's a matter of asking the right questions.

I feel your pain on the mislabeled items though. Of course if youre like me you use that to your advantage. If they list a high dollar item in the picture, say a Paiste prototype ride, and the description is for some low dollar entry level ride, guess what? They have to honor that lower price!
That's what I've done in the past. They are usually cool enough to take pictures of the item and send them to me.
 
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