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    The first mandolin I bought was a used Washburn. I bought it from a local independent music store (I love those places--and this one has glass windows on their shop area so you can watch what's happening on the bench. Fascinating!). Anyway, the tag was marked $169. I asked the staffer who was helping me a very nonconfrontational, "Is there any room in that price?" He said, "I can let it go for $160 out the door, and throw in a gig bag." I figured it had come in as a trade-in with a bag, because who doesn't have a bag? But he asked another staffer to bring out a bag and it was still in plastic with the little silicone bags inside.

    I was glad I had gathered the nerve to ask, even if I did sell the package a few weeks later to buy an Eastman instead.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    I remembered last night: On Reverb.com listings, sellers (including stores) may indicate whether or not they will consider offers on the items they have for sale. A surprising (to me) number of music stores do.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Lagrand View Post
    I remembered last night: On Reverb.com listings, sellers (including stores) may indicate whether or not they will consider offers on the items they have for sale. A surprising (to me) number of music stores do.
    Some say they do, but they also fail to respond, or send counter-offers that very close to the asking prices. It's going to depend on the store. Also, consider the seller's fees on sites like Ebay and Reverb. If you are looking for a discount from a store's listing on Reverb, contact the store directly and ask if you can have the discount in lieu of them paying the fees on Reverb. Sometimes if you pay cash, a store will give you the 3% that they would have paid on a credit card transaction.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    I Just bought an Eastman 615 and the well known store did not move an inch.

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    I wanted a Phoenix mandolin. I saw one at a music shop in Texas. I sent them an email. In that email I told them I'd buy that very mandolin for a price of $x,xxx.oo. My offer was easily $600 or $700 bucks less than the ask. It was what I was willing to part with. I got an email agreeing to my offer and bought it.

    I liked it, but sold it eventually.

    I've done this multiple times in private sales. It also works in music shops. That said, be prepared for, "No!"

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    I only have one. But, surely no one takes me seriously!
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