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'76 Korina Thunderbird
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:08:04 AM »
So if the rules at GC are they give you 60% of what they sell it for, does that mean an employee at this location paid $2k for this?  If so I may need to drive to Florida to sell some gear.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Gibson/Vintage-1976-THUNDERBIRD-Electric-Bass-Guitar.gc

Seriously, how do they get something THIS wrong?

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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 07:33:58 AM »
The korina is gorgeous and the custom black pickups and hardware are way cool.  ;D :rimshot:

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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 08:59:27 AM »
Seriously, how do they get something THIS wrong?

They looked at a vintage price guide, found the most expensive bass that didn't look like it came from the 60's and slapped a tag on it. I seriously doubt they paid more than $5-600 for the bass unless some idiot manager bought it believing it to truly be bicentennial, and then, I expect $800-1.2K max. GC doesn't pay 60%; they go for the absolute lowball wholesale price on all used gear. In 2003 at GC, I got $600 for an old US-made 60's Epiphone 12-string acoustic. It had a cracked top, which I repaired, but it was an old crack and was discolored. It played and sounded fantastic, but I'm not much of a guitar player and it had too much soul to wait on me to become one. I was happy about the price; it was exactly what had I expected to be offered and bought my Marcus Miller. They sold it for $900, tagged at $1200. I had paid $50 for the Epi.
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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 09:08:00 AM »
A model of visionary quality, preceding developments that would only take place much later.
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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 10:13:00 AM »

 Are they really that stupid?  ???



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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 09:58:13 PM »
GC giving 60% of their retail? Not that I've ever heard of.

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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 04:58:36 AM »
A guitar player friend is one of the managers at local guitar center in Atlanta.  What he has always told me is they offer 60% of what they think an item will sell for on used gear, not necessarily retail.  They just look a "sold" auctions on ebay for the most part and then offer 60% of the lowest selling price.  Not terribly scientific, but it assumes the employee knows what their looking at from the start. 

I'd be willing to be the serial is a 2000's one that starts with 00, and the person didn't know anything beyond a serial number.  Pretty sad for you "Vintage Department" to not know the difference.

....Come to think of it it could have been 60% Off what they expect to get, I can always ask him next time I see him.

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Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 05:40:31 AM »
That's GC for ya!
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