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Old 22nd August 2019
  #1891
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So the "salesmen" let you steal (taking something without paying for it) merchandise from the store??? WOW that's great. Maybe the next time they will hand you some money out of the cash register. IMPRESSED! NOT!!!
I asked the Russian guy who was repairing my refrigerator what he used to do back home.

"In USSR I was aerospace engineer."

I gave him a bit of a surprised look as he went on.

"In Soviet Union you make good money fixing fridge. But you cannot buy parts to fix fridge, so you make parts. Space program is good place to steal materials to make parts."

I'm pretty sure I was impressed.

Last edited by Brent Hahn; 23rd August 2019 at 04:24 PM..
Old 23rd August 2019
  #1892
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Originally Posted by Brent Hahn View Post
I asked the Russian guy who was repairing my refrigerator what he used to do back home.

"In USSR I was aerospace engineer."

I gave him a bit of a surprised look as he went on.

"In Soviet Union you make good money fixing fridge. But you cannot buy parts to fix fridge, so you make parts. Space program is good place to steal materials to make parts."

I'm pretty sure I was impressed.
I read all the quoted parts in a heavy soviet accent.
Old 23rd August 2019
  #1893
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I read all the quoted parts in a heavy soviet accent.
As did he. :-)
Old 23rd August 2019
  #1894
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As did he. :-)
I suspect he was really looking for moose and squirrel?
Old 24th August 2019
  #1895
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I suspect he was really looking for moose and squirrel?
Or slowly dosing OP's tea with Polonium during each visit.
Old 13th September 2019
  #1896
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Some years ago, I went to return some electronic item to GC--a beat box or the like. I said I was sold a used item. The sales kid said in a condescending manner "Guitar center does not sell used gear as new!" I said, look at the manual, it has some guys name and phone number written on it--like "Jerrod 555-1212" or the like--he still denies it--I point out I am not named Jerrod. Another sales guy comes up and says, "no-its used, Jarrod used to work here..." So I look at the first guy with an expression that says "Ok, at this point both you and I know you are an a-hole."

Its basically the wild west there as far as who is behind the counter. I went in the other day with $2,500 burning a hole in my pocket planning on buying a nord keyboard--I was excited about buying one! I spend over 25 minutes trying to get it hooked up to a sound source-the displays were all a shambles, trying to make sounds with it. I make pointed glances at the nearby sales counter where a huddle of millenials are socializing and looking everywhere but at me--maybe some of them got laid based on their clever conversation with the hot tattooed lady.

At 59 did I look too square to talk to? I left the store without spending a penny. Who's running the store? Is it dude who wants employees to be his friend by not asking them to do any work? What would have been their end of the sale? Over $1,000? For lack of any sales help... I now believe I was under divine protection here, as later I changed my mind about a nord so I was glad I didn't buy it.

Recently they have lost so much money at least they don't pay to have a guy treat you like a criminal as you leave and check the receipt and serial numbers. Can't the staff watch you as you walk around and make sure you didn't swap out your newly purchased squire for the only american made strat in the store--that's kept in a glass case in the 'collectible' guitar room?

Its like there was just a zombie attack and the surviving employees are too traumatized to function--they just trudge around in singed rags making mewling sounds and stealing furtive glances behind them, lest a customer approach them unawares.

My son won't even go in there as he feels its so depressing it is spiritually wounding to walk in. He was right.

In the 90s, totally different store and most of the employees were musicians.

Last edited by ponzi; 13th September 2019 at 09:19 PM..
Old 1 week ago
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In the 90s, totally different store and most of the employees were musicians.
SO SO true.

I used to value the sales agents i worked with at GC back then, and while I was making records at the time that were selling and whatnot, and they treated me well... they did know what they were talking about then and seemed to share a similar passion.

Last time I went in one, lord, I have no idea what went wrong, ... but as much as we would joke about not enjoying going into GC's for the cacophonous din of noise and whatnot, I never felt like I was trying to be upsold ridiculously, and seemed product specialists in different departments actually were.

nowadays, forget about it. and by nowadays I guess I mean like 12 plus years. I think once Bain bought them and changed the way sales associates could work and be flexible (hell, I was responsible for easily over $100k in purchases there without question and probably a multiple of that as different bands and whatnot I was in or working with, would be sent in with particular needs .... )... but all of a sudden it just dropped off to no identity or long term relationship with those people, and despite you had been buying from them from he late 80's or early 90's (and a lot, which they had in their logs...).. nope. they were now gonna screw you on every purchase.

i don't return.
Old 5 days ago
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"Whats an Ilok?" He said with a very dumbfounded look as he sells the poor slob in front of me a bunch of of Bomb foactory plugs!
Went to the local music store and asked to purchase an iLok. The owner and her daughter had no clue what I was referring to and said the guy that knows about that stuff will be in tomorrow and he can give me a call. Never heard from him. The store is now closed for good.
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